Claire Sturgess

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Claire Sturgess (born September 1966) is a British disc jockey, and voiceover artist. She was a presenter on BBC Radio 1[1] from 1993, after working as a production assistant on the Simon Bates mid-morning show. Firstly, she sat in for Mark Goodier for one week in February 1993 before taking over the Friday Rock Show from Tommy Vance in April that year as well as the 1-4 AM overnight slot on Sunday nights/Monday mornings. Following Dave Lee Travis's departure in August 1993, she took over the Saturday mid-morning show, (with Nicky Campbell presenting the show on Sundays). Danny Baker took the show in October 1993.

Her Rock Show moved to Sunday afternoon in October 1993, following the restructuring of the station by new controller Matthew Bannister, but it then moved to Sunday Evening just 7 months later in May 1994. She was added to the presenting roster of BBC television music programme Top of the Pops in September 1994 but presented only two episodes before being replaced by Lisa I'Anson.

Sturgess moved to the weekday overnight slot in 1996 and remained there until leaving Radio 1 in July 1997. She joined London's Xfm when it launched as a full-time station in September 1997 and left in 2007. As well as hosting her own evening show, she filled in for Karl Pilkington on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Xfm radio show while Karl was away on holiday or ill (Ricky never accepted Karl was actually ill [2]).

In June 2008, she joined the line-up of the new NME Radio, presenting the breakfast show and her Saturday afternoon show. She is also a continuity announcer for Sky One and Sky Movies.

In 2015 Claire Sturgess joined Absolute Radio, taking the 4 - 6pm slots on both Saturdays and Sundays, the latter being a request show.


  1. ^ Heatley, Michael (2007-09-28). Ricky Gervais: The Story So Far... Michael O'Mara. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-84317-219-2. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
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