British broadcaster and television presenter Steve Clamp harboured dreams of being a guitarist well into his teens, causing him to pursue a diploma in music. While on the course, Steve became involved with a number of local bands, including one whose tour of the Isle of Wight was being documented by a film crew. Upon completion of the documentary the director took Steve aside to tell him he was the most natural on screen talent he had ever seen.
Taking the directors advice Steve made a career change, enrolled on a broadcast journalism course and began working as a television and radio presenter. Steve Clamp landed his first job as a TV presenter working for Chelsea Football Club in 1995; working on the newly launched Chelsea TV channel Steve found himself acting as everything from reporter to cameraman and editor, however the tight budget forced Steve to hone his skills quickly and efficiently, whilst the pressure of the position and responsibilities proved the strength of his character and work ethic.
Three years after joining Chelsea, Steve Clamp moved to Manchester United’s TV Channel MUTV where he was made senior reporter. Now firmly established as a sports TV presenter Steve made the move to Sky Sports News 2000, becoming the stations youngest male anchor; whilst there Steve continued to hold a role at MUTV, where he hosted a phone-in programme and occasionally made appearances on Sky News. In 2002 Steve left London, moving to Birmingham to join the BBC Midlands Today team, once again working as a sports TV presenter Steve also acted as the show’s senior sports reporter. It was here that Steve worked first alongside renowned television and radio presenter, Nick Owen from whom he learned a great deal about broadcasting and took great inspiration. Steve’s greatest moment at Midlands Today came when he was asked to stand in for Nick as the programme’s co-anchor, once again breaking a record by becoming the youngest male anchor of a flagship BBC regional news programme.
In 2005 Steve Clamp made the move to ITV where he became the main anchor and TV presenter of Central Tonight for the East Midlands, making himself the youngest male anchor of an English ITV regional news programme. With ITV, Steve found himself frequently fronting the show on location across the East Midlands and covering a wide variety of news stories. One of the first to break the news of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, Steve Clamp was fast becoming one of the most trusted news anchors in the UK, his natural, personable and professional style making Central Tonight one of the most watched evening news programmes in the region.