Adrian Goldberg

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Adrian Goldberg
Born Harborne, Warwickshire, England
Known for Journalist and radio presenter

Adrian Goldberg (born in Harborne, Warwickshire) is an English journalist, radio and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Adrian is the son of Rudolph Goldberg, a German immigrant who fled from the Nazi regime as a 13 year old child with his 11 year old brother Werner, thanks to one of the last Kindertransport arranged by Sir Nicholas Winton. Rudolph Goldberg's parents and other relatives were killed at Auschwitz concentration camp during The Holocaust, to whom he later erected a memorial in the Jewish section at Witton Cemetery. After serving in the British Army in the latter part of World War 2, in 1950 Rudolph Goldberg married Kitty and had four children: John, Marion, Judith and Adrian. The family latterly settled in Northfield, Birmingham, where Rudolph died in 2012 aged 87.[1]


Goldberg is a former presenter of the Breakfast Show on BBC WM. He also presented The Politics Show on BBC TV for the Midlands region, and was a reporter on the BBC TV consumer programme Watchdog. Goldberg continues to write a regular column for the Birmingham Mail.[2]

In 2006, Goldberg resigned from BBC WM in order to launch The Stirrer, a news and campaigning website for Birmingham and the Black Country, declaring himself to be "on a mission".[3] He also formed production company Kick in the Grass, which produced a documentary about disquiet in the world of football - Manchester DisUnited.[4] In July 2007, Goldberg was listed at number 41 in the Birmingham Post's annual Power 50 of the people they consider the most powerful and influential in the West Midlands.[5]

In August 2008, Goldberg joined talkSPORT and presented the overnight 1am - 6am slot from Monday to Thursday. After closing down The Stirrer,[6][7] he left talkSPORT in September 2010 to present 5 Live Investigates, a current affairs programme for Radio 5 Live.[8]

He returned to BBC WM to present a Saturday morning phone-in programme, before taking over Ed Doolan's BBC WM Monday to Thursday lunch-time shows from September 2011. From February 2012, Goldberg's show moved to the 9am-12 midday slot.

He left BBC WM again in August 2014, ostensibly to concentrate on making and contributing to network radio and television programming, having suggested he enjoyed his Radio 5 Live Investigates programmes and making a BBC Radio 4 documentary.[9] He also occasionally reported on BBC News.

In December 2014, it was announced he was returning to BBC WM to present the breakfast show once more, from the end of February 2015.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Goldberg has a degree in English from Birmingham University.[2] He has two daughters, and is a supporter of West Bromwich Albion Football Club.[11]