Stuart Linnell MBETwitter
Stuart Linnell wakes Northamptonshire every weekday morning presenting the BBC Radio Northampton Breakfast Show.

He can also be heard at weekends on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire...


Winner of many awards and acknowledgements for his work in radio, Stuart has also presented TV programmes for the BBC and for commercial television.

Stuart started his broadcasting career in the early days of BBC local radio at BBC Radio Birmingham. When local commercial radio began, Stuart was part of the on-air launch team at Radio Hallam in Sheffield. He was also in at the start of another commercial station, Mercia Sound in Coventry, where he became Managing Director and Programme Controller. For a time, he simultaneously ran neighbouring stations Mercia Sound and Leicester Sound.

He returned to the BBC, presenting the breakfast shows at BBC WM and, later, at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. In subsequent years, Stuart worked for other commercial broadcasters before joining the BBC again, freelancing at BBC Radio Derby, BBC Oxford, BBC Hereford & Worcester and BBC Radio Northampton. He now hosts the weekday Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Northampton and presents weekend programmes at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

Stuart's television work has seen him appear on ITV, Sky Sports News and BBC TV for whom he presented three series of the regional politics programme "The Midlands At Westminster" and the Saturday evening edition of "Midlands Today".

Stuart was made an MBE for services to broadcasting in 1995.

He has won three Sony Radio Academy Awards - the most coveted awards in UK radio – one of them the Gold Award for the UK’s best speech-based Breakfast Show in 1997. His BBC WM Breakfast Show won Silver and Gold Sony's in successive years (1996 and 1997).

He received gold and bronze awards at the International Radio Festival of New York for the programme formats of Mercia Sound and Leicester Sound and, in 1999, he received an Honorary MA from Coventry University in recognition of his work as a broadcaster and for his services to the community in Coventry and Warwickshire.

At the end of 2007 he graduated with a BA Honours in Humanities with Literature after six years study with the Open University.

Alongside his broadcasting career Stuart has wide experience as a moderator and facilitator of conferences, and as a host or compére of awards, concerts and special events. He has been engaged at several international venues, in such places as:


  • Alicante
  • Cyprus
  • Jerez
  • Jersey
  • Majorca
  • Malaga
  • Malta
  • Marrakech
  • Tenerife
  • The Algarve

For UK radio he has worked in

  • Australia
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • The USA

Hosted events in towns and cities throughout the UK

  • Barnsley
  • Birmingham
  • Bedworth
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry
  • Derby 
  • Gaydon 
  • Gloucester
  • Harrogate
  • Hereford
  • Huddersfield
  • Leamington Spa
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Monmouth
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Northampton
  • Nottingham
  • Nuneaton
  • Preston
  • Rotherham
  • Rugby
  • Sheffield
  • Solihull
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Swansea
  • Tarporley
  • Taunton
  • Warwick
  • Worcester

Among the many stars and politicians Stuart has interviewed

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Tony Adams
  • (Lord) Paddy Ashdown
  • Mike Atherton
  • Ron Atkinson
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Gordon Banks
  • Ronnie Barker
  • Michael Barrymore
  • Shirley Bassey
  • David Beckham
  • Ian Bell
  • Tony Benn
  • George Best
  • Dickie Bird
  • (Lord) John Birt
  • Cilla Black
  • Tony Blackburn
  • Lionel Blair
  • Tony Blair
  • Sir Ian Botham
  • Geoffrey Boycott
  • Gyles Brandreth
  • Mike Brearley
  • Gordon Brown
  • Frank Bruno
  • Jack Charlton
  • Martin Chivers
  • Brian Clough
  • (Lord) Sebastian Coe
  • George Cohen
  • Chris Coleman
  • David Coleman
  • Brian Conley
  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Bobby Davro
  • Darren Day
  • Tommy Docherty
  • Adam Faith
  • Bruce Forsyth
  • Emma Freud
  • Sir Bob Geldof
  • Ashley Giles
  • Larry Grayson
  • Jimmy Greaves
  • Bobby Gould
  • Tony Hadley
  • George Harrison
  • (Lord) Roy Hattersley
  • Michael Heseltine
  • Alex Higgins
  • Jimmy Hill
  • Bob Holness
  • Emlyn Hughes
  • Gloria Hunniford
  • James Hunt
  • Sir Elton John
  • Ian St John
  • (Lord) Digby Jones
  • Kevin Keegan
  • Richard Keys
  • Denis Law
  • David Lloyd
  • Lulu Dame
  • Vera Lynn
  • Sir Michael Lyons
  • John Major
  • (Lord) Peter Mandelson
  • Rodney Marsh
  • Hank Marvin
  • Sir Stanley Matthews
  • Gary McAllister
  • Sir Trevor McDonald
  • Paul Merson
  • Bob Monkhouse
  • Matt Monro
  • David Moorcroft
  • Sir Stirling Moss
  • Mo Mowlam
  • Des O'Connor
  • Sir Michael Parkinson
  • Martin Peters
  • Michael Portillo
  • Esther Rantzen
  • Harry Redknapp
  • Pam Rhodes
  • Sir Cliff Richard
  • Angela Rippon
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Anne Shelton
  • Claire Short
  • Jacqui Smith
  • Gordon Strachan
  • Nobby Stiles
  • Dennis Taylor
  • Jimmy Tarbuck
  • Dave Lee Travis
  • (Lord) Norman Tebbit
  • Freddie Trueman
  • David Vine
  • Pete Waterman
  • Dave Willetts
  • Bob Willis
  • Sir Norman Wisdom
  • Sir Clive Woodward

Stuart is a patron of the Jaguar (Coventry) Band - - and he is also a patron of the Circle Light Opera Company -

Stuart is a past chairman of the Coventry Branch of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce - - and he was a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

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