Four years ago Stephen came up with the idea for a television programme covering Information Technology. The success of the style and format of ‘Click on Line’ is currently shared on BBC World by more than a hundred million viewers around the world and on BBC News 24, BBC1 and six major airlines. Stephen has taken the show to fifteen countries and hosted numerous prestigious IT events in Asia and South America. In the past two years Stephen has helped direct international news coverage in Asia and the Middle East. He has taken a senior executive role in directing major events at elections and international news breaking stories.
Stephen’s corporate career began with the establishment of Cole Productions – a corporate communications company five years ago. Since then he has specialized in Information Technology, Security and Terrorism.
He recently merged with DIGITV to form a broadcast division.
He has worked closely with the World ‘s Customs organization, Interpol and the International Security Management Association.
He has also worked with many international brand names such as Honda and Philips, and currently acts as broadcast consultant for Perspective Solutions – an IT security company.
This year saw Stephen deliver the keynote lectures on journalism and terrorism at the University of Colorado. In 2004 Stephen also won a National Travel Writers Award for his work in Malaysia.
He has chaired and facilitated at the World Economic Forum. Stephen is a qualified PADI diver and Rugby coach with a keen interest in films. For the last six years he has presented the annual Oscars programme live for BBC World and News 24.
He recently gained widespread recognition for his unscheduled appearances on the BBC’s 6 o'clock and 10 o’clock news and sparked both the media and the public’s interest.
Stephen s married to Anne-Marie Cole, a senior BBC Radio 4 producer. They have two sons.
“Congratulations Stephen and keep up the good work,”
Arthur C. Clarke, Oscar nominee and author of 2001: a Space Odyssey referring to Stephen’s presentation of Click Online.
“An outstanding contribution over three days in building rapport, trust and helping motivate all our delegates from around the world. Many, many thanks.”
Dough Loewee, President Global Enterprise Management for Cable and Wireless.
“I am very grateful for your contribution to the success of this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos.”
Pascal Couchepin, President of the Swiss Confederation.
“It’s always fun working with you.”
Jane Clancey. Head of Marketing Strategy BBC Worldwide.
“Thank you so much for your excellent moderation of our panel discussion of trying to bridge the digital divides. You did a good job keeping the discussion moving.”
Sam Carlson, President World Links.
“Stephen hosted day one and stole the show. His ability to combine his experience as one of the most respected international news presenters plus his knowledge and enthusiasm for new technology enabled hi to tread the line between hard questioning of industry veterans and adding a lighter side which the conference audience needed.”
Nic Van Zwanenburg- CASBAA- the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia.
“You lead a team so well and always deliver the key messages with great sense of timing.”
Sunita Rajan. Deputy Director of Marketing Asia.
“Your work on Click Online has broadened international understanding of key technological issues affecting the world today, at both the popular ad expert level.”
Hans d’Orville. Director: UNESCO.
“Without a doubt, the eCrime Congress has created a truly global meeting point for information security and law enforcement professionals and without your help, the programme would not have been the success I believe it was.”
Dr Simon Moores. Director Zen Intelligence.
“A big thank you for your wonderful contribution to our National Student Enterprise conference. We have had the most fantastic feedback from students, academics and the business community.”
Sharon Bamford, Chief Executive.
“The Oscar programme that you presented was another tour de force. Thanks for making it such a brilliant watch.”
Editor: BBC News 24 and BBC World.
“Just a few words of thanks for your expert leadership of our conference last week. Many of our guests commented on how well you had understood and facilitated the Index and Key messages.”
Julia Cleverdon CVO and CBE Business in the Community.
“You have my most sincere gratitude for your invaluable contribution to the High- Level Symposium- Building Knoweldge Societies- from Vision to Action- held during the World Summit. The masterly manner in which you conducted the debates, which was highly appreciated by the participants, contributed significantly to the success of this event.”
Koichiro Matsuura - Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
“Thank you so very much for all your help in making the 3G Congress in Hong Kong such a huge success.” “Your contribution was invaluable.”
Daniel Kirwin Iir.