Leon Hawthorne is a journalist, broadcaster, erstwhile TV executive and consultant on digital content strategy for newspaper and magazine groups. His clients have included the London Evening Standard, the Independent and Hearst UK. Leon also created the web-only Waterstone’s TV for the book retailer.
Leon was a World News Anchor for CNN International and CNBC Europe; and a member of the Lobby for BBC News, before becoming founder CEO of the Baby Channel. At the same time, he was CEO of the production company, Simply TV Productions, where he created web TV channels for clients: iVillage.co.uk, Boot’s and Borders. In total, he has been CEO of two satellite TV channels, three cable VOD channels and ten, single-genre, web TV channels like Book Zone, Food Zone and Beauty Zone.
In 2017, Leon launched a web and Facebook, short-form, video strand called ‘The Leon Hawthorne Show’ featuring opinionated political commentary.