Paul Gambaccini was born in New York City on the 2nd of April, 1949.
He earned degrees in History (Dartmouth College USA) and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University College Oxford). He was News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University in 2009.
Gambaccini made his Radio 1 debut in 1973 and his first Radio 4 appearance the following year. He presents PICK OF THE POPS on BBC Radio 2 and COUNTERPOINT on BBC Radio 4.
Gambaccini appeared on BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, presenting the US chart show for most of that time. At some point he has been a regular on each of the first four BBC radio networks and first four British terrestrial television networks. He was one of the founding broadcasters of Classic FM. Paul had a thirteen-year film review stint on first TV-am and then GMTV. He has made thousands of television appearances, including LIVE AID and THE NELSON MANDELA BIRTHDAY CONCERT.
Paul was co-author of THE GUINNESS BOOK OF BRITISH HIT SINGLES and related titles between 1977 and 1996. Combined sales of these volumes exceeded one and a half million copies. His own book LOVE, PAUL GAMBACCINI was published in September 2015.
Gambaccini is the long-time host of the Ivor Novello Awards. He presented the Sony Radio Academy Awards from 1999 to 2008. In 1995 Paul was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
In 2005 Paul became a British citizen, while retaining his original American citizenship. Gambaccini was one of the inaugural inductees in the UK Softball Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a Prince’s Trust Ambassador.