Born in 1973, Spencer is absolutely perfectly fine with the fact that he's about to hit a milestone age. He is also fine with the fact that he's a little bit greyer than he was when joined Click in 2003.

 

Educated at the comprehensive school just down the road from his home in the south of England, he first fell in love with computers when his teacher switched on the classroom's first BBC Microcomputer. From that moment his life was filled with too many programs and not enough girlfriends, something which earned him a double first in Computer Science from Cambridge University. Plenty of studying time, you see, what with the lack of girlfriends.

 

But at the age of 18, another love interest arrived on the scene. He became involved with Cambridge University Radio, presenting programmes and also running the station during his final year. Radio was too much of a tempting mistress, and after graduation, he parked the computing for a while, first setting up a charity radio station for the city, and then getting in with a similar project nearer home.

 

From there he got a proper job in local commercial radio, spending two years giving traffic reports from a small plane for Power FM, Ocean FM and South Coast  Radio, learning the importance of both a strong local knowledge, and a light breakfast on windy days.

 

Then came “The Call”. The breakfast presenter at Ocean FM had decided to leave (with a little persuasion from management), and would he mind filling in for a while. Remembering to leave it a respectful number of milliseconds before saying yes, he accepted. He filled in for the next seven years, during which time his breakfast show (turned out it was his after all) was filled with exploding food, local bands, pole dancing lessons, charity sky-dives, and a record for the world's tallest inflatable tower. And music, although probably not enough of it.

 

After getting his first taste of TV fronting a comedy panel gameshow and a film review programme for the local station, Spencer joined the BBC in 2003 as an iPresenter, and then became a reporter on Click Online. He also presented for Channel 5's Gadget Show, explaining how the technology inside the things we take for granted actually works.

 

Then came “The Call”. Again. The presenter of Click Online had decided to leave, and...you know the rest. Seven years later, Spencer is still hosting the rebranded Click, which is seen in more than 200 countries, and has recently been promoted to BBC2.

 

The programme has taken him to some far flung places, to discover how technology is changing lives in countries across the technology spectrum. He maintains that some of the most interesting stuff happens not in the most advanced societies, but in the developing world, where innovation is forged from necessity. Indian farmers who can remotely water their crops using a simple mobile phone. Kenyan water pumps that report breakage by text message.

 

But of course he's also thrown himself into the proper high tech stuff too. And the Pacific Ocean, as it happens, to demo a new life-saving robot which pulls back to shore swimmers caught out by rip-tides. He's met the 50 ft tall Gundam robot in Japan, seen the tiny q-bits of a quantum computer, and everything in between.

 

Spencer is married to an amazingly understanding wife, and has a gorgeous son and two cats. He is constantly striving to be a better husband and father, despite having a job which he loves, but which takes him away from home so often. And he has discovered that writing biogs in the third person isn't really as therapeutic as he'd hoped.

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