Profile: Noel Edmonds Noel was born on December 22nd, 1948 at Ilford, Essex, the son of two teachers. From September 1960, he lived in Gidea Park and attended Brentwood Public School until July 1967, culling ten 'O' levels and three 'A' levels. Noel deferred entry into Bristol University to "have rest". He spent the summer of 1967 building sports cars and, after taking an interest in radio at the age of 20, started applying for jobs on pirate stations..."for the hell of it. I was offered a job on pirate radio - the next week the station was closed down by the government!". He decided to become a student teacher for a year and joined the staff of Downshall Junior School in Seven Kings, Ilford..."most of my time was spent taking hoardes of kids around museums and historical buildings. Once we went to the Tower Of London four times in a week!".
He gave up teaching in 1968 and joined Radio Luxembourg. In November 1969 he was offered the station's "Workshop" series and this led to a Saturday afternoon programme and then Noel succeeded Kenny Everett in the old 10-12midday Saturday spot on Radio 1 in July 1969, as Radio 1's youngest DJ, aged 21. His unique patter and pranks quickly built up a big following. In June of 1973, Noel took over the 7-9am daily breakfast sow from Tony Blackburn, and drew in up to 12million listeners whilst at the same time breaking into television. Noel's Radio 1 career lasted until 1981.
He also became a regular presenter of BBC1's "Top Of The Pops". He was voted top D.J in several pop music journals and held the Carl Alan Award for 'Best Disc Jockey'. He worked there until 1983. His unique patter and pranks quickly built up a big following.
After a long and successful spell as Radio 1's Breakfast presenter, he left to host 'Come Dancing'. 'Top of the Pops' and 'Z Shed' were followed by the hugely-successful 'Multi-Coloured Swap Shop', which also introduced Maggie Philbin and Keith Chegwin. (There was even an annual published in his name in 1979!) This was followed by, amongst others shows, The Saturday Roadshow, Telly Addicts and Noel's House Party.
In 1981, Noel started the Saturday evening programme, the Late Late Breakfast Show which ran for five years but ended in tragedy when a man died while rehearsing part of the show where members of the public were encouraged to take part in stunts. He also started Telly Addicts, which lasted for ten years, and House Party. His Saturday night House Party show, has been described as "the most important show on the BBC", although he has now dropped his pink and purple latex sidekick Mr Blobby.
From 1990, Mr Blobby and Co drew in up to 12 million viewers and sparked an
inane number one record Mr Blobby - loved by children everywhere.
House Party was mysteriously stopped in mid-series in early 1998, but a new show - series nine - was scheduled to start in the autumn.
Noel Edmonds is one of the most famous faces on British television - but he is also an astute businessman in the world of showbiz. While Noel graced our TV screens, he built up a business empire and a huge personal fortune. His companies, under the Unique Group umbrella, are involved in TV and radio production as well as live events.
He is Chairman of the Unique Group of companies, a media production and management business which he founded in the mid 1980's. After his radio career kicked off, Noel lived in Hampstead Garden Suburb with his first wife Gill. He now owns a helicopter and lives in Devon, England with his second wife Helen and four daughters.
Still involved in the management of production company Unique Broadcasting, producing TV and in particular, radio programming for the BBC. He is also the licence holder for 'Mr. Blobby' who, up until recently, was still on BBC TV on Jim Davidson's Generation Game. It is unknown whether 'Blobbyland', Mr Blobby's theme park is still in operation. Noel is not believed to be involved in radio presentation directly otherwise. Currently taking minimal royalties from the replay of Telly Addicts and possibly it's spin offs 'Soap Addicts', 'Sport Addicts' and a 2002 remake of 'Telly Addicts' on satellite game show channel 'Challenge?'
After the initial furore surrounding Jimmy Young's departure, Noel was linked with JY's lunchtime slot on Radio 2 which was later filled by journalist Jeremy Vine.
In June 2003, Jeff Martin reported to AIRCHECK that he'd heard Noel speaking on the phone live on Tony Blackburn's Classic Gold Breakfast Show - he is setting up a video conferencing business which provides a service to businessmen who suddenly find themselves unable to get to a meeting for whatever reason. Noel's business will be providing the appropriate facilities to ensure they can 'attend' the meeting via the internet and telecommunications equipment. Noel referred that 'this is the next big thing.'. Also during the phone call, Noel hinted that there was a television show 'in the offing'.
Whereabouts: On the 5th May 2003, Radio 2 Drivetime presenter Johnnie Walker stunned the radio world, and his loyal fans by announcing live on air that he has non-hodgkins lymphoma, a very treatable cancer, a malignant tumour in his colon. He announced that he was diagnosed just five weeks previously. Johnnie announced he'd be taking some time off with immediate effect to undergo treatment. His show was temporarily filled by station presenter and music journalist Stuart Maconie. On 10th July, speaking about the need to postpone the appearance of a studio guest, he was heard commenting that the guest appearance would '...be rescheduled when Johnnie is back in August'. It seems that whilst obviously being in a position to announce what he said, that a change of circumstances befell station management.
On Thursday 24th July 2003, the BBC announced one of the most welcome returns in the history of radio. Noel Edmonds is returning to national radio after 20 years away from it. Noel joined BBC Radio 2 from 4th August as a two-month stand-in for Johnnie, his fill scheduled to end Friday October 3rd. Speaking on the return Noel said "This is a bittersweet experience. I am a huge fan of Johnnie's and I wish him a full and speedy recovery. I'm very much looking forward to the challenge of looking after the Drivetime show. It's a great opportunity and I'm very excited to be back behind the microphone, at the country's most listened to radio station." Radio 2 programme controller Jim Moir said on Noel's appointment 'I join Noel in wishing Johnnie a swift recovery and return to the airwaves. In the meantime, Noel is one of the UK's most successful and innovative broadcasters and we are delighted that the Drivetime show will be in such capable hands.'. However, this isn't the first time that Noel's been linked with a move to Radio 2 as we reported above. When the rumours first broke of Sir Jimmy Young either leaving or being forced out at the station, Noel was one of the names linked with his departure as a replacement. Noel was heard to deny all knowledge of such plans, and Sir Jimmy was finally replaced by journalist Jeremy Vine.
Noel returned to Radio 2 at 5:05pm on Monday 4th August 2003 - to a flood of e-mails and text messages which welcomed him back. His first track of his first show in 25 years was the 1974 radio homage, Harry Chapin's number 34 hit from May of that year - W.O.L.D. Noel received a good luck message from the man who launched the Mystery Voice feature on Radio 2 when he occupied the Drivetime Slot before Johnnie Walker - John Dunn.
True to his word, and obviously with other things already scheduled, Noel Edmonds finished his eight-week run on Friday 3rd October 2003 at 7:00pm. The man he took over from, Stuart Maconie, continues as a stand-in for Johnnie. We'll keep our ears to the ground for news on Noel's next moves and will let you know just as soon as we find out!
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