After first reporting for The Big Breakfast, Melanie Sykes has continued her television career, including presenting stints on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and as presenter of EastEnders Revealed. In 1999, Melanie Sykes presented Melanie Sykes’ Southall Stories, a documentary for BBC Two on Asian culture in Great Britain. She has also hosted a variety of awards ceremonies, including Miss World, the BAFTA Awards and the Q Awards.
Melanie Sykes’ television career stalled for a period, although she made a successful comeback as host of Today with Des and Mel with Des O’Connor in 2003. On 12 May 2006, ITV announced that the show would be one of a number to be axed in a “painful, but utterly necessary” move.
Melanie Sykes’ other work for ITV has included hosting shows The Vault (2003-2004), Celebrities Under Pressure (2003-2004) and The British Soap Awards (2003). Melanie Sykes appeared as a guest panelist on Loose Women in October and November 2005 and later returned as a guest anchor in October 2008 and May 2009.
From 2006 to 2009, Melanie Sykes regularly filled in for Paul O’Grady as presenter of The Paul O’Grady Show when O’Grady was unable to appear. She presented the show on eleven occasions. Melanie Sykes was the presenter of the daytime series Gene Detectives for BBC One.
In 2008, Melanie Sykes was a judge on ‘The Sofa Factor’, an item for GMTV, where viewers sent in short clips and the winner got to present TV Pick of the Day and win a trip to Las Vegas. In August 2011, Melanie Sykes returned to daytime television, co-hosting Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel and Let’s Do Christmas with Gino & Mel with Gino D’Acampo on ITV. The show was axed in 2014. On 13 September 2011, Melanie Sykes co-hosted the three-part series Missing Millions with Paul Heiney on ITV.
In February 2014, BT Sport announced that Melanie Sykes would become part of their MotoGP team. Due to other work commitments, she left the channel in May 2014. In 2014, Melanie Sykes took part in the fourteenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! where she finished in third place, behind runner-up Jake Quickenden and winner Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty. In 2015, Melanie Sykes co-presented Humble Pie, a cookery series for Watch, alongside Marco Pierre White.
Melanie Sykes presented The A List, a national radio chart show based on total sales, produced by Unique the Production Company at the studios of London’s Heart 106.2. She left the show towards the end of 2006 and was replaced by Gail Porter.
Melanie Sykes was heard on BBC Radio 2 with Aled Jones sitting in for Steve Wright in the Afternoon on 22, 23 and 24 December 2008. In May 2010, she began co-hosting the BBC Radio 2 show Going Out With Alan Carr after Emma Forbes’ resignation. Melanie Sykes continued on the show until its end in March 2012. She returned on Boxing Day 2015 with Alan Carr for a one off show on BBC Radio 2. For a time, Melanie Sykes presented her own radio show on Capital FM.