Paul Gambaccini
UK disc jockey
Paul Gambaccini
Paul Matthew Gambaccini nicknamed The Professor of Pop is an American-British radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. He has dual United States and British nationality, having become a British citizen in 2005. Gambaccini studied at Dartmouth College, where he obtained a degree in history and at University College, Oxford, where he obtained a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.
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Paul Gambaccini to replace Tony Blackburn on Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Fearne Cotton will also present Saturday show with Martin Kemp as part of changes at BBC station Paul Gambaccini will replace Tony Blackburn on Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops, with the station welcoming former Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton to present a new Saturday morning show with Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp. Gambaccini succeeds Blackburn who was sacked by the BBC in February in the wake of the Dame Janet Smith inquiry into sexual abuse at the corporation. Continue reading...
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Paul Gambaccini arrested in Operation Yewtree inquiry - BBC News
Google News - over 3 years
BBC News Paul Gambaccini arrested in Operation Yewtree inquiry BBC News BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences as part of Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree. Mr Gambaccini, 64, was held at his home in south London early on Tuesday and questioned in police custody, ... BBC radio veteran arrested by UK sex probe policeIrish Independent Paul Gambaccini off-air after Operation Yewtree arrestThe Courier BBC man Paul Gambaccini arrested on suspicion of sex offences by Operation ...Daily Star -Daily Mail all 53 news articles »
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Paul Gambaccini, BBC Host, Arrested On Suspicion Of Sex Offenses
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — The BBC says its veteran TV and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offenses. The broadcaster says the 64-year-old Gambaccini, who has worked at the BBC for four decades and is one of Britain's best-known music presenters, was questioned Tuesday. The BBC said he was released on bail later that day. Police didn't confirm the report, saying only that two men, aged 64 and 74, were arrested as part of an operation probing historical sexual abuse. The investigation was triggered by the abuse scandal surrounding late BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile. Police in Britain don't name suspects until they are charged. Gambaccini's spokesman said Friday the presenter denies the allegations. The BBC said Gambaccini wouldn't be presenting his radio show Saturday.
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Jimmy Savile: no evidence to suggest wrongdoing ignored, says BBC chief
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Director general George Entwistle rules out internal inquiry, while Met police says it is 'collating information' The BBC's new director general, George Entwistle, broke his six-day silence over the Sir Jimmy Savile abuse allegations to say he was appalled by the torrent of revelations from victims. But he insisted there was no evidence to suggest that "any known wrongdoing was ignored by management" in the 1960s and 1970s. He said it was not necessary for the BBC to launch an independent inquiry because, having consulted the Met and other police forces examining allegations, that would "run the risk of damaging or impeding their work". Entwistle said: "The police are the only people with the proper powers to assess criminal allegations." There are now thought to be more than 40 allegations of abuse by Savile. The Met, which is leading the Savile investigation, said it was "collating information" and working closely with the BBC following a meeting on Friday morning. The force sa ...
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Paul Gambaccini: Ivor & me - celebrating a 25-year relationship
The Independent - almost 5 years
When Paul Gambaccini hosts the Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday, he will have his eye on Adele. Not because the 22-year-old singer has four nominations, but to check her posture. "I will be watching: is Miss Adkins slouching?" he says. "Am I boring?"
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Bowling with the FT: Paul Gambaccini Financial Times Blogs - about 5 years
The 'professor of pop' tells <a class="fplink fp-362320" href="/Carl+Wilkinson+1">Carl Wilkinson</a> why pinpoint precision and self-discipline are as important in the lanes as they are on the airwaves
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Focus: History of Radio 3 and its controversies -
Google News - over 5 years
The former Radio 1 and Classic FM presenter Paul Gambaccini was brought to the station in 1995 which was viewed by many as a populist move. The latest concerted effort to retain Radio 3&#39;s high quality content comes from Friends of Radio 3, a listeners&#39;
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Reprise investigated by Gambaccini -
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Gambaccini is to present a show exploring the history of Reprise Records for Radio 2 this autumn. They Did It Their Way – The Story Of Reprise Records will air on Tuesday September 13 from 10pm, looking at the history of the label
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Interview: Album Covers & Magazine Designer Steve 'Krusher' Joule - Geeks of Doom
Google News - over 5 years
I couldn&#39;t support it and also at the time I was going out with a girl who worked in a comic shop [called] Top Ten Comics, which was owned by Jonathan Ross and Paul Gambaccini. She was the manager there so I got a lot of free comics which I don&#39;t think
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Desert Island Discs 100: Vaughan Williams at No 1 but Elvis is nowhere - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said: &quot;In the case of popular music, listeners have chosen tracks that are substantial and ambitious. They feel comfortable professing affection for rock epics rather than mere hit singles. &quot;When it comes to classical,
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Dead at 27; But the Number Tells Us Almost Nothing About Amy Winehouse the Artist - Allie Is Wired
Google News - over 5 years
As Paul Gambaccini noted tonight, &quot;We&#39;ve lost 20 years of great records, and Mitch Winehouse has lost a daughter.&quot; There are many reflections that it&#39;s the fame she enjoyed and endured that destroyed her. This, too, fits in with a sort of predetermined
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Blind piano tuner named third best musical brain in the UK -
Google News - over 5 years
... round so I&#39;m going to quit while I&#39;m sort of ahead,&quot; he added. Counterpoint is broadcast every Monday afternoon, a spot it has occupied since 1998. Originally hosted by Ned Sherrin and then Edward Seckerson, it is currently manned by Paul Gambaccini
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Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011: rare intuition and tragic lost potential - The Caledonian Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
As Paul Gambaccini noted, as he catalogued her increasingly errant appearances at three Ivor Novello awards, “we&#39;ve lost 20 years of great records”. For all her recent unreliablity, the question of how scintillating a live performer the five-time
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Fans snap up Winehouse albums after death -
Google News - over 5 years
Broadcaster and radio DJ Paul Gambaccini said he had witnessed her decline over the years he hosted the music industry&#39;s Ivor Novello song writing awards. &quot;When she began attending she was a fresh-faced, shy young woman ... the next year she was a bit
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Gambaccini
  • 2016
    Age 66
    In July 2016, he took over presenting Pick of the Pops, replacing Tony Blackburn.
    More Details Hide Details Trevor Nelson took over the Saturday timeslot that was allocated to Gambaccini's America's Greatest Hits programme for many years. Gambaccini was co-author of The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and related titles, with Tim and Jo Rice, alongside Radio 1 colleague at that time, Mike Read, between 1977 and 1996. Gambaccini's own books include Love Letters, Radio Boy, Top 100 Albums and Track Records. The Ultimate Man, a musical about a comic book superhero, was co-written with Alastair King and Jane Edith Wilson, and produced at the Bridewell Theatre in London in 2000. Gambaccini was active in the realm of comic book fandom. As an American teenager in the 1960s his missives were regularly published in the letter columns of titles such as Justice League of America and The Amazing Spider-Man. Gambaccini claims to have invented the term "Brand Echh", which later became widely used by Stan Lee.
    In February 2016, the Irish Supreme Court Judge Adrian Hardiman used a review of this book to criticize what he described as the radical undermining of the presumption of innocence, especially in sex cases, including Gambaccini's case, by the methods used in Operation Yewtree (among other instances).
    More Details Hide Details Gambaccini has been a supporter of gay-related charities. In 1995, he was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust. He is a patron of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he won an episode of celebrity Mastermind, with his chosen beneficiary charity being Stonewall.
  • 2015
    Age 65
    Gambaccini wrote an account of his experience in his book Love, Paul Gambaccini: My Year Under the Yewtree, which was published in 2015.
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    Giving evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on 3 March 2015, Gambaccini said he believed he was used as human "fly paper" to encourage other people to come forward and make allegations against him and that he had lost more than £200,000 in earnings and legal fees.
    More Details Hide Details The BBC reported that he also “said he suspected his bail was repeatedly extended until the end of high-profile cases involving other celebrities because police did not want juries to hear a former Radio 1 DJ had been cleared of sexual wrongdoing”. Gambaccini also argued in favour of a 28-day bail limit; Home Secretary Theresa May had announced in December 2014 that she was consulting on such a limit in all but exceptional cases. However, Gambaccini’s allegations of a "witch-hunt" were denied by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
  • 2013
    Age 63
    In 2013, Gambaccini revealed he had been highlighted as a potential security risk by the BBC earlier in his career due to his sexuality.
    More Details Hide Details He lives in the South Bank area of London. On 1 November 2013, it was reported that Gambaccini had been arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences as part of an investigation by Operation Yewtree in the United Kingdom. He was released on bail and his spokesman said that he denied the allegations. It was announced on 10 October 2014 that no charges would be brought.
    In 2013, he married Christopher Sherwood, in New York Botanical Garden.
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  • 2012
    Age 62
    In June 2012, he entered into a civil partnership.
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  • 2008
    Age 58
    In March 2008, he took over as chairman of the Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint from Edward Seckerson; he was temporarily replaced in 2013 by Russell Davies.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to Radio 2 with America's Greatest Hits on 15 November 2014.
  • 2002
    Age 52
    In 2002, he quit his role at Classic FM, to present a weekly chart show on London's Jazz FM until 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a contributor to the London station LBC when it was taken over by Chrysalis. He has worked widely across the BBC and the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) as well as contributing to many television shows, mostly related to music, film, and the arts. He narrated the BBC Radio adaptation of Espedair Street, the Iain Banks novel. Gambaccini has presented the annual Ivor Novello Awards since 1990, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards since 2005, the Music Industry Trust's Man of the Year Dinner since 1999, and the Radio Academy Awards for a ten-year stretch from 1998 to 2008. In August 2008, Gambaccini returned to Classic FM, to present a 12-part series Paul Gambaccini's Hall of Heroes on Sunday evenings between 9 pm and 10 pm.
  • 1998
    Age 48
    His first show was on 18 April 1998, once again opening the first of his weekly shows America's Greatest Hits with "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen.
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    In 1998, he joined BBC Radio 2.
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  • 1997
    Age 47
    He returned to Classic FM in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Alongside his work in music radio, he contributed regularly to BBC Radio 4's long-running arts programme Kaleidoscope. For 13 years Gambaccini reviewed films for breakfast television, first on TV-am and then GMTV. In the early 1980s he presented The Other Side of the Tracks on Channel 4, which ran for three series. His other television appearances include Pebble Mill at One, Call My Bluff, Music for the Millennium, and The South Bank Show.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    He left for BBC Radio 3 in 1995, where he presented an hour-long morning programme, in a slot formerly used for Composer of the Week.
    More Details Hide Details Gambaccini increased the audience share, but came under attack as an example of the reforms that the Radio 3 Controller Nicholas Kenyon was trying to introduce but which did not go down well with the existing audience. Some listeners welcomed his presence, according to Kenyon, as their musical tastes had developed from Radio 1's content.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    In 1992, Gambaccini became a founding presenter on the UK's classical music station Classic FM, where he presented the weekly Classical CD Chart show.
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  • 1990
    Age 40
    In 1990, he returned to Radio 1 but was removed by controller Matthew Bannister in 1993.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    He was the presenter of the Billboard US Top 30 singles chart in the UK every Saturday afternoon until his last show on 8 February 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Thereafter, he moved to independent radio to host American Countdown.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    He started his own U.S. chart show on 27 September 1975.
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  • 1973
    Age 23
    Gambaccini then started broadcasting in the UK on BBC Radio 1 September 1973, which he did for 13 years, first as a music reporter on the John Peel Saturday show, Rockspeak.
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    Having left Oxford, Gambaccini was considering further study in law at Harvard or Yale but had the opportunity of writing for Rolling Stone magazine as British correspondent. He attributes his broadcasting career to this post—especially an interview in 1973 with Elton John which brought him to the attention of BBC Radio producer John Walters who arranged for him to present on BBC Radio 1.
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  • 1968
    Age 18
    Gambaccini may have first achieved wider prominence when his tips for playlisted songs likely to see greater chart action were published in the 11 May 1968 issue of the international trade publication Billboard, alongside similar tips from radio programming talent at major commercial stations across the United States.
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  • 1949
    Born on April 2, 1949.
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