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Clive Bull

Overview

Clive Bull (born January 23 1959) is an award-winning radio talk show host on LBC 97.3 in London, England.

Background

Bull was educated at Dulwich College, south east London between 1970-77. He has a degree in Educational Broadcasting from the University of London and a distinction in Radio Journalism from The National Broadcasting School.

He joined LBC as a telephone operator. Later he presented a range of programmes including gardening phone-ins and the station's youth programme Young London.

His big break was as host of the overnight Clive Bull Through the Night Show which ran for several years in the early 1990s.

In 1994 he was hired by London News Talk 1152 (as LBC's AM service was briefly known) to host the weekend late-night slot. The following year he moved to weeknights where he has remained ever since.

Clive used to do through the night show on LBC in 1987.

Now, in October 2007, Clive has increased his hours and now presents the evening show on Sundays - Thursdays between 10pm and 1am, with his producer 'Bob' who is now known and respected in his own right; with his regular 'behind the screen' comments often heard on air.

LBC 97.3 radio show

Bull's show airs live Sunday to Thursday from 10pm to 1am. With slight variations in show times, Bull has occupied the same late night slot since 1995 despite numerous changes of station brand and ownership during this time.

Discussions tend to focus around two or three topics each evening based loosely upon what is in the news, or what has interested or affected Clive. However, Bull encourages callers to talk about whatever they like, on the basis they more interesting discussions come from things people genuinely care about. There have been special-interest nights, including the successful science hour series with Brian J. Ford. Since 1999 Bull's show has been produced by Bob Johnson.

In June 2005, Bull came 19th in the Radio Times survey of the forty most powerful people on radio, the highest ranked phone-in host. He was described as "a brilliant phone-in host who knows that the way to make captivating talk radio is not to rant or rage, but to create a separate world, away from the nonsense of current affairs - then invite his listeners into it. His show is the most listened-to night-time programme in London and is an understated joy," while The Independent called him "The Emperor of night-time talk radio."

The Experts' Expert from The Observer wrote "There's no-one quite like him. You get the impression that he's living just a bit dangerously, and that's what makes phone-ins exciting".

He has won several awards including a Bronze Sony Radio Award. The judges described him "An exception to the run-of-the-mill phone-in. It was all down to the presenter who appeared so laid back that his callers could not see how he was teasing them. A very dry sense of humour and great fun."

He won Best Talk Show Host at the New York Radio Awards in 2001.
Celebrity callers
*Peter Cook made a series of calls with the pseudonym "Sven from Swiss Cottage", a Norwegian fisherman who'd come to London looking for romance and to escape the fish-related phone-ins of Norway. These have been recorded in "Tragically I Was An Only Twin", a collection of his writings and are also available on Bull's subscription podcast. Peter Cook's former neighbour Rainbow George Weiss remains a regular caller with news of his political activities. *Michael Barrymore once phoned in to take part in a talent contest as himself. He came seventh. *Tony Blackburn called in to defend Smart cars. *Jane Horrocks answered a listener's question about a movie. *Patsy Palmer, called in to join a discussion about Cockney accents, and on another occasion, for listeners to look out for her lost dog, which was subsequently found and returned to her. *Bruce Mansfield (aka: Bruce Mane) is a famous Australian personality who is the presenter of nightline on the Australian talk radio station 3AW. He is an aussie larakin on the show who is looking for a wife to take back to Australia. *Kerry McFadden called in just before leaving to play 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' when Bull wondered whether she'd had a cosmetic surgery, which she said she hadn't. *Brian Conley rang on his way home after appearing in a West End show. *Iain Lee, used to make prank calls to the show. Years later he had his own show on the station. * Syed Ahmed from the Apprentice once called in after Clive talked about him on his show <ref name="lbc"> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Apprentice_UK_candidates#Syed_Ahmed

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This biography says:

...*Kerry McFadden called in just before leaving to play 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' when Bull wondered whether she'd had a cosmetic surgery, which she said she hadn't. *Brian Conley rang on his way home after appearing in a West End show. *Iain Lee, used to make prank calls to the show. Years later he had his own show on the station. * Syed Ahmed from the Apprentice once called in after Clive talked about him on his show <ref name="lbc"> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Apprentice_UK_candidates#Syed_Ahmed

That biography says:

Lee was a presenter on London Radio station LBC 97.3 from January 2005 until November 2007. His radio career started when he would phone Clive Bull, who ironically, he would years later be working alongside. Lee's first LBC appearance was when he 'filled in' for Bull for two weeks in the latter months of 2004...

This biography says:

...*Tony Blackburn called in to defend Smart cars. *Jane Horrocks answered a listener's question about a movie. *Patsy Palmer, called in to join a discussion about Cockney accents, and on another occasion, for listeners to look out for her lost dog, which was subsequently found and returned to her...

This biography says:

*Peter Cook made a series of calls with the pseudonym "Sven from Swiss Cottage", a Norwegian fisherman who'd come to London looking for romance and to escape the fish-related phone-ins of Norway...

That biography says:

...Cook was an avid media follower, reading nearly all the British daily newspapers and following TV and radio programmes with vigour. He was an occasional caller to Clive Bull's night-time phone-in show on LBC in London, where, using the pseudonym "Sven from Swiss Cottage" he would entertain listeners with his complaints and musings on love, loneliness and herrings, all delivered in a mock Norwegian accent...

This biography says:

...However, Bull encourages callers to talk about whatever they like, on the basis they more interesting discussions come from things people genuinely care about. There have been special-interest nights, including the successful science hour series with Brian J. Ford. Since 1999 Bull's show has been produced by Bob Johnson....

That biography says:

...Many of his programmes involve proffering unrehearsed answers to the public on scientific topics, as on the Cliff Michelmore series Whatever you think (BBC) and Science Hour with Clive Bull ( for LBC). On television he hosted a game show Computer Challenge and the documentary series Food for Thought in Britain and Jensheits das Kanals in Germany...

That biography says:

...It is believed that Abbot was one of the first (if not the first) to take calls straight to air, and LBC colleague Iain Lee has often confessed that he stole some of his act from Nick (as well as Clive Bull and Tommy Boyd), perhaps hinting he got the inspiration for his "Triple M" show from Nick Abbot in addition to Boyd's "Human Zoo" show...

This biography says:

...Peter Cook's former neighbour Rainbow George Weiss remains a regular caller with news of his political activities. *Michael Barrymore once phoned in to take part in a talent contest as himself. He came seventh. *Tony Blackburn called in to defend Smart cars...

This biography says:

...*Michael Barrymore once phoned in to take part in a talent contest as himself. He came seventh. *Tony Blackburn called in to defend Smart cars. *Jane Horrocks answered a listener's question about a movie...

This biography says:

...*Kerry McFadden called in just before leaving to play 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' when Bull wondered whether she'd had a cosmetic surgery, which she said she hadn't. *Brian Conley rang on his way home after appearing in a West End show. *Iain Lee, used to make prank calls to the show...

That biography says:

...In recent months, since Bill has taken over the weeknight slot, it has become common for people to phone in during the straight-to-air last half hour of the preceding Clive Bull show impersonating Bill....