Julia Hardy is an experienced TV Presenter, writer, radio presenter and live host, specialising in technology, video games and YouTube. Julia is currently BBC Radio 1’s Video Games Presenter, producing monthly visual content for iPlayer such as Fight Games – The Thrill of the Kill; Uncharted Territory – Cinematic Games and recently produced a new show from the biggest gaming convention in the world Los Angeles’ E3 Expo.
Beyond this, Julia hosted Radio 1’s first ever video game themed radio show in December 2016 and also, more recently, was heard depping on the main station over Christmas 2017.
Julia recently hosted the live stream from ESL One Dota 2 for BBC3 from Birmingham in May of this year, which saw her interviewing the biggest names in the gaming world and bringing coverage to the UK TV viewing audience, as well as being the live host for Inside Xbox from Gamescom 2018.
Julia is a tech fanatic as well, having previously been Sky News Sunrise’s go-to expert on the subject for well over a year. She loves to play with new tech and has a huge passion for what the future holds for us in this arena. She recently hosted a Dr Who themed BBC Live Lesson, which aimed to help teach children across the country some difficult tech theory in a lighthearted way. She also presented a session on ‘Smart Tech in the Home’ at Grand Designs Live 2018.
Julia took a side-step from gaming and tech in order to host the livestream of the highly anticipated boxing fight between high-profile YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul, which had over 2 million viewers!
Last year Julia produced a Radio One Stories documentary called ‘Rockstar Gamers’ which looked at the new wave of youth making careers out of playing video games for a living. The hour-long documentary was one of the most popular that Radio One has ever seen.
Julia has also worked for Jamal Edwards’ successful YouTube channel SBTV for the past 2 years, producing and presenting their games and gadgets content. Her team’s content engages a very tech savvy young audience, as well as working with large brands to produce advertorial content.
One of the other things Julia is most passionate about is affecting change for women. She has a blog called Misogyny Monday, which holds a sharp-tongued mirror up to the abuse that women receive online. Having just returned from Canada where she delivered a Tedx talk on misogyny to 1300 people, Julia was able to bring her inimitable humour to what is a very touchy and difficult subject to approach.
She is passionate about supporting women getting into the industry, helping to host the Women in Games Awards this year and sitting on a host of panels aimed at getting women into technology and gaming.
Julia is also a keen advocate for Human Rights having lived in a Burmese refugee camp for a year and in 2016 gave up alcohol for 365 days to raise money for Amnesty International.
Having previously worked for BBC Radio 1xtra, 4Music, BAFTA, Bravo TV, Challenge TV, LBC, Channel 5, Microsoft, Mirror Online, Virgin Media, Warner Bros, EA, Xbox, Nintendo, GiffGaff, Kerrang! Turtle Beach, Maker Studios and Current TV, Julia is a very versatile, exciting and experienced presenter.
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