JOURNALIST Jon Bentley first joinedÂ The Gadget Show as a presenter back in 2004.
However the 55-year-old’s career started long before gadgets and gizmos and he hit our screens as the tech tester on the latest series of the revamped tech show.
Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Jon Bentley?
Self-confessed car boffin Jon was born in 1961 and was privately educated at Millfield, in Somerset.
The dad-of-two then studied geography atÂ Oxford University before joining Ford as a graduate trainee in 1982.
He found the job dull, and left to venture into the world of TV a year later – starting as a researcher on BBC’s Top Gear.
For 12 years, between 1987 andÂ 1999, Jon was the producer and executive producer of Top Gear.
In this role, Jon helped launch the TV careers of Jeremy Clarkson, Quentin Wilson and Vicki Butler-Henderson.
Jon was also the series producer of Fifth Gear from 2002 to 2004, while aÂ corner of the Top Gear test track is named after him.
He also pensÂ regular columns forÂ Classic Car Weekly and Amateur Photographer – and has written for the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, Top Gear Magazine, MSN and CNET UK.
When did Jon Bentley join The Gadget Show?
JonÂ made the decision to move in front of the camera when he joined The Gadget Show as a presenter in 2004.
However, in February 2012 it was announced that the show’s format was changing – and Jon was leaving the show.
Just a year later, in April 2013, Channel 5 bosses admitted defeat and returned the tech show to its previous format.
JonÂ re-joined the presenting team alongside Countdown star Rachel Riley.
WritingÂ on his website, Jon said: “This gave me the opportunity to indulge another childhood passion, technology â I used to repair TVs, build radios and practise old-fashioned chemical photography as a youth.
“I am now established as the programmeâs main gadget reviewer.”
Is Jon Bentley married?
Jon is married and has two bilingual daughters. He lives in Birmingham.