ELIZABETH MARGUERITA MARY KERSHAW (born 30 July 1958 in Littleborough
Lancashire ) is an English radio broadcaster. She is the second
longest serving female national radio DJ (after
Annie Nightingale ) in
the UK celebrating 30 years on national BBC radio in 2017.
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits
* 2 Recent career
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Liz Kershaw began her media career in
Leeds (after graduating from
the university ) with a music column in the
Yorkshire Post . Her
brother is fellow broadcaster
Andy Kershaw . Her first radio show was
in 1981 on
Radio Aire where her brother worked for a time. In 1985 she
moved to BBC Radio
Leeds to present a weekly rock show showcasing
In 1986 her day job with
British Telecom saw her move to London to
set up "Livewire" a dial-in pop service which superseded Dial-a-Disc.
In running this she produced Radio 1 DJs Mike Smith ,
Janice Long and
Dave Pearce before devising her own show for Radio 1 in 1987,
Backchat, which won several awards.
This was followed by her presenting the Radio 1 Evening Show and
Bruno Brookes , Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show and the
Radio 1 Roadshow from 1989 to 1992. The two DJs projected a
'love-hate' relationship on-air, and got their fair share of PR in the
tabloids , including Kershaw's smashing up of a
Wet Wet Wet record,
and the studio turntable under it, live on air (for which she was
fined £1,000 by the BBC) because she hated the band for disappointing
their fans by not turning up at the Radio 1 Roadshow; and the two
pulling a stunt of getting married as an April Fools\' Day joke.
During this period they also made three charity records for the BBC's
Children in Need
Children in Need campaign; a version of "It Takes Two" which charted
at No. 43 and two more records featuring their Radio 1 colleagues and
guests Status Quo ,
Frank Bruno and
Samantha Fox .
She left Radio 1 in 1992 to present The Crunch the UK's first
national daily phone-in on BBC Radio 5 .
In 1994 she was part of the team which relaunched the station as BBC
Radio 5 Live . In 2000 she went back to BBC Local Radio as the first
and only woman in the country to present a solo radio breakfast show.
BBC Radio Northampton
BBC Radio Northampton 's breakfast programme, which was
nominated for the Best Breakfast Show Award at the Sony Radio Awards
in 2002 along with Radio 4's Today Programme and the 5 Live Breakfast
Show. She also presented documentaries for Radio 1 , Radio 2 , Radio 3
and Radio 4 .
DAWN CHORUS AND THE BLUE TITS
In 1984 Kershaw formed a band called Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits
with her friend and neighbour
Carol Vorderman .
Their recordings included a version of "
Teenage Kicks " with the
Undertones ' O'Neill brothers (John and Damian ), which was released
Stiff Records ' DAWN 1. and a
Peel Session which was broadcast on
Radio 1 in 1985.
In 2002, she was one of the original presenters on the digital
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music where she presented the weekday afternoon
show from 1.00pm-4.00pm, before moving to the weekend mid-morning
slots in April 2004, from 10.00am-1.00pm.
In September 2005 Kershaw became a weekday presenter on the BBC's BBC
In July 2007, following a complaint from
Buckingham Palace about the
misrepresentation of the Queen in a BBC documentary, Mark Thompson ,
BBC Director General , in a public purging exercise, singled out
Kershaw's show in what became an infamous BBC scandal, announcing that
some of the DJ's shows that were aired as live were in fact
pre-recorded and that members of the production team had passed
themselves off as listeners texting and emailing into competitions.
It was subsequently revealed by journalists and listeners that other
shows presented by
Russell Brand ,
Jo Whiley ,
Tony Blackburn and
Dermot O\'Leary , were also involved in the same endemic production
On 30 July 2008, the BBC was accused by media watchdog
'misleading its audiences' by 'faking' audience interaction. Ofcom
stated that the BBC 'deceived its audience by faking winners of
competitions and deliberately conducting competitions unfairly and
fined the corporation a record £400,000 of which Kershaw's BBC Radio
6 Music show was fined £115,000 for seventeen shows in 2005 and 2006.
Kershaw was forbidden from commenting on this by a clause in her
contract which prevented her from speaking publicly about the BBC and
She can currently be heard on
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music Saturday lunchtimes
1.00pm-3.00pm. She left the breakfast show at BBC
Coventry "> On 2
October 2010, she reprised her performance of the Undertones '
"Teenage Kicks" at the celebration of the reprieve of BBC Radio 6
Music , 6 Fest with Damian O\'Neill of the Undertones and Doyle ">
In October 2012, Kershaw told the
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 Today programme that
she had been routinely groped while working as Radio1 DJ in the 1980s.
She said the station had a culture that was very intimidating for a
In November 2012, Kershaw was named in a case involving the suicide
of a BBC journalist. In 2014, she released her autobiography, The
Bird and the Beeb.
* ^ Silver, James (5 November 2007). "\'My reputation was in
tatters\'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
* ^ "Liz Kershaw: Hear Liz, Saturday, 1pm-3pm". BBC 6 Music.
Retrieved 5 May 2017.
* ^ "
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 People: Radio Rewind". www.radiorewind.co.uk.
Retrieved 27 February 2016.
* ^ "Liz Kershaw; Morning Marauders: radio review". World News.
Retrieved 27 February 2016.
* ^ "Dawn Chorus & The Blue Tits –
Teenage Kicks (Vinyl)".
Discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
* ^ "Keeping It Peel - 24/02/1985 Dawn Chorus And The Blue Tits".
bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
* ^ "BBC 6 Music overtakes Radio 3 for the first time". BBC News.
31 July 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
* ^ Pierce, Andrew (23 July 2007). "BBC staff suspended over
phone-in scandal". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK.
* ^ A B "
Ofcom – Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 115".
Stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
* ^ Mark Sweney (18 December 2008). "BBC fined £95,000 over Dermot
Tony Blackburn phone-in competition". The Guardian.
London, UK. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
* ^ Cass Jones "DJ
Liz Kershaw says she was \'routinely groped\' at
BBC", The Guardian, 6 October 2012.
* ^ Palmer, Alun (5 November 2012). "Russell Joslin: DJ Liz
Kershaw\'s silence over claims of angry phone calls to tragic BBC
colleague". The Mirror. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
* ^ Walters, Sarah (13 March 2014). "Interview: Broadcaster Liz
Kershaw on her autobiography, The Bird And The Beeb". Manchester
Evening News. Retrieved 23 December 2014.