John Wilson (broadcaster)

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John Richard Wilson (born 2 August 1965) is a British journalist and broadcaster. He is the son of Bob Wilson, former Arsenal goalkeeper and television sports presenter.

Life and career[edit]

John Wilson was born in London in 1965. He attended Chancellor's School in Hertfordshire and gained a BA (Hons) in English and Media from the University of Southampton in 1988. He worked as a reporter on local newspapers in north London before beginning his radio career in 1990, presenting and reporting for the BBC Radio Five magazine show The Mix. He has presented numerous programmes and series on BBC Radio 4 including The Sports Programme, The Cultural State, The Fixers, Kaleidoscope, Stealing Beauty and Pick Of The Week. He has also made features and documentaries for Radio One and Five Live and has written about art and cultural issues for publications including The Observer and The Art Newspaper.

John Wilson is one of the regular presenters of Front Row, the Radio 4 arts programme. He specialises in music-related interviews for the programme and has interviewed artists such as Morrissey, David Bowie, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Noel Gallagher, Bernie Taupin, Kate Bush, Ray Davies, Peter Gabriel and Noddy Holder. More recently[when?] he has presented his own dedicated music programme on Radio 4 called Master Tapes, where a musician is invited to discuss their career-defining album in front of a live audience. Guests have included Wilko Johnson and Richard Thompson.

He is co-author with his brother, photographer Robert Wilson, of One: Images of a Goalkeeping Season (1996, Boxtree Ltd, ISBN 978-0752222721). In 1995/96 he also edited the pioneering internet magazine Trigger.co.uk.

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