John Waite (broadcaster)
He was born in Staffordshire. His father ran a corner shop. He went to Sandbach Grammar School for Boys in Sandbach and Wilmslow County Grammar School for Boys in Wilmslow from the age of 15. He gained seven O levels and A levels in English, history and French. He studied English and American literature at the University of Manchester.
He joined the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1974. He then became a news presenter for BBC Radio London.
BBC Radio 4
According to Waite, his greatest achievement was presenting documentaries, including an exclusive interview with witness "Bromley", the teenage girl whose outbursts during cross-questioning at the Old Bailey brought the Damilola Taylor murder trial to a halt. This particular broadcast led to "Bromley" being invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss ways of better protecting vulnerable young people giving evidence in court.
He says one of his best, and at the same time worst, moments was being so keen to get his microphone close to Prince Charles he stood heavily on his toe.
Waite has received numerous awards including a Radio Oscar (Sony) for Broadcaster of the Year.
He also hosts Pick of the Week on Radio 4.