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Presenter: Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul joined Mercia sound in 1984 and left in 1988, hosting Good Morning Mercia the weekday breakfast show throughout that time initially 6 till 9 and later from 7 till 10 am. He took over from John Warwick.

At that time the line up was Paul on breakfast, Dave on thru till 12 then Jim Lee 12 till 3, followed by Stuart Linnell until 5 pm and then Steve Williams and Jeff Harris with Annie Othen on late nights at 10 pm

Paul joined Mercia Sound from Radio Tees (now TFM) where he was from 1980 hosting everything from the TOP 40 to classical from rock to arts programming. He presented the drive show weekday afternoons and then for two years prior to joining Mercia the Morning Call show, weekdays 9 am to 12 noon.

At Mercia for two years Paul also presented the Saturday lunchtime show WHEELS which mixed motoring and other transport editorial with music and where he introduced correspondents Les Clayton and Peter Cahill who soon became regular contributors to the programme.

During his time at Mercia Sound Paul presided over some of the largest breakfast audiences in the stations history, he started a column with Coventry Newspapers in early 1985 called Paul on Pop which supported local Coventry and Warwickshire bands, as well as reviewing new music, it appeared weekly without ever missing a week for eight and a half

Paul was also resident DJ at the Bug and Black Bat in Coventry City Centre, at which he was awarded their prize of Citizen of the Year for his charity work in Coventry. While presenting Good Morning Mercia Paul was a news presenter on Coventry Cable TV as well as devising and producing Showbiz, a monthly music programme which was shown on Coventry Cable and syndicated to cable TV customers across the UK.

Paul left Mercia Sound to join Chiltern Radio as Programme Director where he was responsible for three stations. He was part of the team that won the Milton Keynes licence from the Radio Authority. Launched SuperGold, acquired Severn Sound and created Galaxy Radio in Bristol.

Next Paul went to BBC Radio 1 where as Managing Editor he was responsible for all the networks programming and marketing and star DJs including Simon Bates, Steve Wright. Alan Freeman, Nicky Campbell and Mark Goodier. He was then promoted to be Head of Strategy for BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 4 and 5 Live and then became Managing Director of Talk Radio UK at which he built the audience to 2.8 million, a figure yet to be beaten.

Paul then joined the Walt Disney Company as Managing Director of the UK before being promoted to Senior Vice President of its Children's TV programming on a global basis, with an office in Los Angeles and London.

Paul now works for Liberty Media Corporation the US based broadcaster which controls assets including the Discovery Channel and QVC.

(Thanks to Paul himself for the above)

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