Clarke Gayford

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Clarke Gayford
Born Clarke Timothy Gayford
24 October 1977
Gisborne, New Zealand
Occupation Television presenter
Radio DJ

Clarke Timothy Gayford (born on 24 October 1977 in Gisborne, New Zealand) is a former music show presenter for the New Zealand music channel C4 as well as a radio host and former reality television contestant.[1] He worked for Prime on the television show United Travel Getaway. He now works for George FM as the breakfast host.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Gisborne, as well as spending part of his late teens in Palmerston North, Clarke classed himself as a popular geek. He attended Makauri Primary, Gisborne Intermediate and Lytton High School in Gisborne and Palmerston North Boys' High School in Palmerston North.

Before C4[edit]

While studying at the University of Otago, Gayford was instrumental in the creation of Cow TV on Channel 9. He then moved to Christchurch to study at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, and graduated NZBS with a BBC degree and in 2000 - 2001.

Clarke worked alongside Jason Reeves and JJ Feeney on The Edge FM. Clarke's first TV appearance was on Treasure Island 2.

He later became a radio host on the now defunct radio station, Channel Z.


Completely revamping his attitude as a laid-back, sarcastic joker, Clarke auditioned for C4 before the channel took over the flailing Channel 4 and has been with the station through thick and thin from the very beginning.

He was the co-presenter for Homegrown and Special Features alongside Jane Yee, who replaced Jacquie Brown in 2005. He has also presented Top 10 and has done a lot of C4's feature documentaries including going on overseas trips for the station.

Clarke's confidence has grown throughout the time he has been on C4. Through C4, he and many of the other presenters get to celebrate New Years Eve in Clarke's home town of Gisborne at the annual Rhythm and Vines concert.

Post C4[edit]

In February 2007, Gayford left C4 to present United Travel Getaway on Prime Television New Zealand. He is also a model for male fashion chain Barkers.

MORE FM Network drive hosts Josh & Tom announced on their Facebook page on 27 March 2011 that Clarke would be replacing them on the MORE FM drive show, from 4 pm to 7 pm weekdays.

It was announced on 14 February 2014 that he will take over the George FM morning show on 31 March 2014, with Aroha Harawira.


  1. ^ Southall, Ben (2014). The Best Job in the World: How to Make a Living From Following Your Dreams. Wiley. p. 109. ISBN 9780730313793. Retrieved 10 November 2014.