AWARD WINNING radio and tv presenter Jono Coleman has spent all this week in Majorca filming a one-week special for GMTV.
Starting on July 4, GMTV, in association with Thomas Cook, will be running a week-long feature on Majorca during which some of their six million viewers will be able to win scores of holidays to the island next summer. And it will be Australia's friend of the rich and famous who will be presenting the big Majorca give away. Yesterday afternoon Jono and his crew were filming at Western Park in Magalluf where Jono said he felt at home on the island. “I've never been before, my wife Margo and I drove all over Spain, Barcelona, Madrid, Mijas, Ronda, before we had the kids and since then we've never come back. “All this sunshine and water it's like Australia, only without the noisy Aussies - just noisy Brits,” he joked. “But I can see why this place is so popular with the British and that is why GMTV is focusing on Majorca. “I've been all over the island this week and I think I'll bring the family over this summer for the holidays - it's a great family destination and I've been impressed with the food, all the fresh fish - which is good for me because I like to keep my self healthy,” he laughs. With the assistance of Thomas Cook he and the GMTV crew have been to some of the most beautiful parts of Majorca, from Formentor to Cala D'Or, up to the monastery of San Salvador, and sailing off Alcudia. They popped in on Puerto Portals where they spent the day filming with Peter Stringfellow and his fiancé Bella on board his luxury yacht. So impressed with the island is Jono, he is going to ditch Italy and the South of France this year and use his Majorca family holiday to stock up on sunshine before he starts his new job hosting the breakfast show on BBC London on September 1 when he takes over from Danny Baker. Jono, who first moved to London in 1990 to work in television for BSKYB, as it was then, enjoyed massive success with the Russ and Jono Show on Virgin Radio. Since then he has been working in both tv and radio in the UK and he still hosts a radio show in Australia from his base in London. He also used to work for the late Christopher Skase - “so this is where he ran away to....Majorca,” he says. Jono returns to London today and next week he flies out to Canada for the Live 8 concert which he will be presenting for commercial radio in the UK, over 90 stations, with the likes of Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Deep Purple. But Jono is no stranger to the stars and is well used to rubbing shoulders with international celebrities.
One of his close friends is Kylie Minogue's sister Danni, who was also interviewed by the Bulletin when she same to Majorca.
Jono said yesterday that, while he has not spoken to Kylie since her last concert before her cancer operation, the word from Melbourne is positive. “She's going to pull through, she's a tough one but I think she may give up touring once she's got through all this,” he said.