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Welcome to The Crone Zone

Welcome to The Crone Zone

The Crone Zone

Welcome to the Cronezone, the official website of ITV Granada’s Paul Crone.

For more than 30 years, Paul has become one of the most familiar faces and voices across the North West of England.

His many broadcasting skills lie in his diversity to adapt to the versatile range of stories the popular nightly regional news programme Granada Reports covers.

Paul is a reporter, presenter, producer, director and in the last five years has become an accomplished broadcast cameraman and digital editor.

Away from Granada Paul is now in demand as a media training consultant, passing on his wealth of experience to assist others in the tricky world of TV news.

From a man who has slammed a piano lid down on Gary Barlow’s hands, babysat for Phil Collins sons, and has frequently trod the boards in theatres across the North West, Paul Crone has made quite a mark on the region he loves.

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About Paul

Croney was born in Carlisle, Cumbria in 1962.

A large part of his education was spend at Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

He began his career as a junior reporter with the Lancashire Evening Post in Preston in 1981.

He then got taken on by Granada Television in 1984 and they’ve not been able to shift him since!

Our man is also no stranger to radio, and some would say he has the perfect face for it.

His show, the Crone Zone became a legendary lunchtime phone-in programme on Century Radio.

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Television Credits

TV Credits
The Sooty Show
The Tribe [C4]
Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights 1 & 2
It’ll Be Alright on the Night
TV Nightmares
Britain’s Most Haunted Houses

Stage Credits
Baron Hardup-Cinderella, 1998, Tameside Hippodrome
Widow Twankey-Aladdin, 2000, Southport Theatre
Wishee Washee-Aladdin, 2001, Albert Halls, Bolton
Idle Jack-Dick Whittington 2002,Albert Halls, Bolton
Sarah the Cook, Cinderella, 2004, Blackburn and Wales
Dame Trot, Jack and the Beanstalk, 2007, Charter Theatre, Preston

Royal Television Society’s North West Reporter of the Year 1996 and a special award for broadcasting in 2003
RNLI’s Fundraiser of the Year 1999
Water Aid-Special Fundraising Award 1999

Where Seagulls Dare
Journey’s End
The Wishing Well
Marathon Man
Journey to the Amazon

Granada Tonight
Granada Reports
The Last Word
Remember When

TV Appeals

Granada Tonight Gladrags Appeal 1996-collected 70,000 items of clothing for charity shops in the northwest
Granada Tonight Summer Spectacle Campaign 1997-collected 72,000 pairs of second-hand spectacles to distribute in Uganda, Africa
Granada Tonight Cashflow Appeal 1998-collected £20,000 in foreign currency to build water wells in Ghana, Africa
Granada Tonight Treasure Trove 2000 Appeal-collected second-hand and unwanted jewellery to provide vital life-saving equipment for the RNLI. Total raised was £15,000
London Marathon 2000-raised £11,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by running 26.2 miles
Granada Reports Sound as a Pound Appeal 2002 which raise £58,000 for the region’s four cancer centres
In 2003 Croney walked 260 miles round the region in 3 weeks collecting a staggering £148,000 for the North West Air Ambulance and the North Wales Air Ambulance
In 2006, Croney walked 200 miles round the region raising £82,500 for the Vine Trust which operates two medical boats on remote parts of the Amazon River in Peru
Royal Television Society’s North West Reporter of the Year 1996 and a special award for broadcasting in 2003
RNLI’s Fundraiser of the Year 1999
Water Aid-Special Fundraising Award 1999


Click above to see Paul in full flow during one if his famous live auctions

Corporate Services

Paul is an accomplished broadcast cameraman and editor. He films and edits almost of all his own items, and has filmed abroad in countries such as Borneo, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.
As such Paul is the ideal person to teach those just starting off in broadcasting.
He also regularly holds media training days, advising companies and organisations on how to prepare for that dreaded TV interview!
Paul’s skills as a humorous and effective compere are second to none.
He has hosted numerous large scale events often with more than a thousand guests, and brings his own unique style to proceedings.

If you are interested in Paul hosting your event or helping with media training, please do get in touch.


My Portfolio

Here’s just a selection of Paul’s versatility on TV which has made him such a well-known and well-liked figure in the North West and further afield

Title: Paul Crone, ITV Granada

Title: Croney

Title: Croney Ladder Climbing

Title: Big One Blackpool

Title: English Channel Crossing

Title: Croney Climbing in the Alps

Title: Croney tries speed dating

To see more of my video work please visit my Youtube channel

Title: Live OB


Some of the lovely celebs I’ve met throughout my career

Professional TV Journalist, Compere & Event Host

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In the limited spare time Croney has, he has a passion for photography-strange given the decades he has spent being surrounded by moving pictures! Sport is his first love and here’s just a selection of fine photos he’s taken at the famous Tour De France and also the TT races in the Isle of Man



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