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Ben Thompson is on our sereens bright and early, as the host of BBC Business live each morning. After catapulting into our Hot 100 list this year, we decided to take a closer look at one of Tvs most handsome gay presenters.

Rise and Shine


Ben Thompson is a big guy. At 6ft 6, the BBC presenter and correspondent nearly hit the door frame on his way in, and the fashion department tells me he has to have his suits made for him – a claim he quickly denies. “That makes me sound very rich! It’s true nothing ever fits, but I usually just buy off the peg and then get them tailored, because it’s my work uniform, so I need to look good when I’m on air.” It’s not just work clothes Ben has trouble fitting into; he’s actually had trouble fitting into work itself. “My first time doing Breakfast I was covering for Steph [McGovern], and it was the first show in Salford [he had done Breakfast from London prior to that], weeks in the making, and about two minutes before we went on air, there were two men on either side of me on ladders above my head, desperately trying to lift lights up because I was too tall for the studio! We hastily pulled a bar stool out of the canteen and it’s still on the set.”

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**Download on iPhone to experience a whole new way to read attitude on the go. To sync your purchases to our iPhone app just login to a Pocketmags account in-app on your primary device then login with the same details on the attitude iPhone app.** The Style Issue of Attitude features BBC Business presenter Ben Thompson on the cover, who talks about being gay on TV in our main interview and shoot. Inside, we chat to the legendary Cyndi Lauper about opening Kinky Boots in London, and musician Mykki Blanco opens up about breaking the stigma around HIV. This month is full of fashion, with spreads from Diesel, F&F and all the best watches on the market. There’s more TV too, in an interview with Andrew Haigh, director of Weekend and Looking, as well as Rebecca Root - the latest transgender actress to star on our screens. We also speak to the London man who was attacked with bleach in Vauxhall, and do a round up of our inaugural Pride Awards.