Ben Thompson is a business presenter for BBC News.
He has reported from all over the world for the BBC covering stories in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America.y.
Ben began his BBC career in 2001 at Radio Wales in Cardiff. While studying at university, he produced the network’s morning news programme, Good Morning Wales. He was then selected as a BBC Trainee Scheme, working in different parts of the newsroom and getting a taste for television.
After completing a degree in International Business and French at Cardiff University, and a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Ben moved to London to start work in the Business & Economics Unit of BBC News.
He later joined BBC Breakfast as a producer and in 2008 moved in front of the camera to become the BBC’s Middle East Business Correspondent. Based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Ben spent three years travelling the length and breadth of the region including Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
From there, Ben returned to the UK to become the Business Presenter for the BBC News Channel. Soon after, Ben moved to New York to become the BBC’s North America Business Correspondent.
Now based back in the UK, Ben presents on Breakfast as well as co-hosting Business Live, the BBC’s daily business programme broadcast around the world on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News.