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Profile: Simon Hoban

Simon Hoban
Simon says there's nothing better than a good cuppa

Simon presents a quirky look at the papers each Saturday from 6.30am. He's also a roving reporter for Alfie and Charlie at Breakfast.


Favourite view in the north-east of England?

Holy Island and the public houses therein.

Best thing about working in radio?

The strange feeling of talking to people without them seeing you. It's the closest I'll get to being Derek Ancorah from Living TV's Most Haunted.

First record you bought?

Can't Stand Losing You by The Police at the age of six. Everyone thinks butter wouldn't melt in Wallsend-born Sting's mouth, but to my amazement (and my mother's) the B-side contained more swearing than a docker's tea break.

Favourite thing?

Tea. It's my ambition to own a tea cellar. Is there ever a moment when a cup of tea isn't appropriate? Like many things in my life, I rarely say no to it.

Previous jobs?

Crisp-packet checker in a factory. Family variety packs of crisps would come past on a conveyor belt and it was my job to make sure they were sealed.

It tested my loyalty to crisps - my second favourite thing after tea - to the limit, I can tell you.

Title of your autobiography?

Sorry I'm Late or Let's Just Go for the One"

Any bad habits?

I pluck my nasal hair with my fingers. Unpleasant I know and, I might add, eye-wateringly painful.

I also sleep with my eyes half-open, like some sort of ghoul!


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