Tony was a singer in a regional dance band when he joined Radio Caroline as a DJ in July 1964. He achieved great success and was later lured to the BBC's Light Programme. Tony's was the first voice heard on the BBC's Radio One when it launched and his breakfast programme attracted over 20 million listeners, which led to him being a regular host on Top Of The Pops.
Over the years Tony has worked for over a dozen other stations, often at the same time as his BBC work. The BBC heirachy hated this and have tried to remove this daring rebel voice from 'their airwaves' on many occasions.
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Mr Clean has always been 'the boy next door'
The Report by Dame Janet Smith said that it could not find evidence that senior BBC Management knew what was going on, although staff certainly did. Even the DG has agreed that the BBC certainly SHOULD have known.
Making Tony a scapegoat was a clear abuse of the DG's public office. No one should be treated in such a despicable manner.
Tony's POPTASTIC autobiography is all about the stars he befriended, the rivalries in radio he endured, the friendships made, and broken, all told in his candid style.
Much as John Peel's book was a reflection of one style of DJing, so this book explores Tony's unique brand of playing, presenting and enjoying music.
Without doubt, Tony is one of the best pitchmen ever in radio, but also one of the most sincere, whether talking about his love life or his beloved soul music, Tony is nothing if not totally sincere and he is believable.
His new Radio 2 show in 2017 will make him even more popular. Now your chance to read about how he got his fiurst break in broadcasting by joinming Radio carolione in Summer 1964. Why did he have to climb over 100 feet to the top of the ship's mast? Why did he join rival ship Radiop Lopndon and those first days at the BBC, with the launch of Radio One.
As he has always been the 'Mr Clean' of the radio industry they have never had any grounds to do so. Tony has never been a philanderer and never been interested in young girls, or boys. Tony is a huge champion of soul music, radio in general and new technology.
In 2002 Tony's popularity was under lined when he was voted 'King of the Jungle' in the first 'I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here' TV series. He is regularly booked to appear at live events and on TV. Tony hosts a weekly 'Pick of the Pops' on BBC Radio 2 as well as shows on several local stations.
Tony Blackburn has been re-instated to all BBC activities and starts a new series on Radio 2 in January. Tony has been completely exonerated of any impropriety
Tony's sacking from the BBC had been a personal decision of the Director General, Lord Hall. Tony believes the decision was taken in an attempt to whitewash BBC Management's failure to act against paedophiles and other assorted perverts, to deflect some of the heat they expect from a report into the 'Jimmy Savile affair'.