Neil Francis (broadcaster)

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Absolute 80's on Absolute Radio
Running time 3 hours
Air dates since 3 October 2008
Website Absolute Radio Website Link

Neil Francis is a British DJ, and previously hosted the Friday evening slot on Absolute Radio and Absolute 80s.

Francis's first big break in radio came in 1985 with a stint on North Sea pirate Radio Caroline and he has also worked as a presenter for Chiltern Radio in Herts/Beds/Bucks, Invicta FM in Kent and Capital FM in London.

In his Virgin Radio stint, Francis has presented the 1pm-4pm show and various other shows. In early 2007, he was "sidelined" to a fill-in DJ role also doing the Saturday Midnight-6am slot and Sunday 2am-8am Slot and was heard occasionally on the Sunday Night Show 7pm-Midnight but in July 2007, he became a full-time presenter again, taking over the drivetime show from Ben Jones. He returned to the weekday afternoon slot on 3 December 2007.

After Virgin re-branded to Absolute Radio He began to present a Friday night show called Absolute 80's and a Saturday morning breakfast show.[1]

Neil covered the drivetime Gold Network show on 25 August 2010. His last regular weekly show on the network was Saturday afternoons from 1-3pm, when most stations on the network take local sport, thereby severely restricting any available audience.

During February 2011 he covered Steve Ladner on BBC Radio Kent's lunchtime show. Neil Francis is a freelance presenter.”[2]

In April 2013, Neil was suspended from Gold Network after apparently making comments about Jim Davidson (comedian) on Facebook.[3][2]


  1. ^ Plunkett, John (23 March 2010). "Lucio takes over from Neil Francis at Absolute". Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Gold DJ Neil Francis suspended after Jim Davidson comments". Kent Online. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Presenter Neil Francis Suspended From Gold". Radio Today. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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