Paul Gambaccini

UK disc jockey

Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949) is an American-British radio and television presenter and author. He is known as "The Great Gambo"[1] and "The Professor of Pop".[2] Gambaccini was a BBC Radio 1 presenter for 16 years. He presented Kaleidoscope.

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Gambaccini at Oxford University in 2010
Paul Matthew Gambaccini

(1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 73)
NationalityAmerican and British
Other namesThe Great Gambo
The Professor of Pop
OccupationBroadcaster, author
Years active1967–present
Christopher Sherwood (m. 2012)
AwardsRadio Academy Hall of Fame, 2005

He was the host of the 12-part Classic FM series Paul Gambaccini's Hall of Heroes, and chairs the Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint. He has been the presenter of Pick of the Pops on BBC Radio 2.

On 1 November 2013, it was reported that Gambaccini had been arrested on possible sexual offences as part of an investigation by Operation Yewtree in the United Kingdom. He was released on bail and his spokesman said that he denied the allegations.[3] It was announced on 10 October 2014 that no charges would be brought.[4] Gambaccini said he believed he was used as "bait" to have people make false accusations about him.[5] He was cleared of all charges and eventually successfully sued police officials.[6]

Gambaccini is openly gay.[7]


  1. Burrell, Ian. "Paul Gambaccini: Here, there and everywhere," The Independent (09 April 2007)
  2. Topping, Alexandra. "RIP rock'n'roll? Professor of pop reads the last rites: Rock songs in the charts fall to lowest level in 50 years, with only three tracks appearing in the top 100 best-sellers," The Guardian (10 January 2011).
  3. "Paul Gambaccini arrested in Operation Yewtree inquiry", BBC News, 1 November 2013
  4. "BBC News - No charges for broadcaster Paul Gambaccini in Yewtree case". BBC News. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. "Paul Gambaccini backs 28-day bail limit after Operation Yewtree arrest". BBC News. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. "Paul Gambaccini secures CPS payout over unfounded abuse claims". BBC News. 3 November 2018.
  7. Paul Gambaccini: The BBC singled me out as a ‘potential security threat’ for being gay. Pink News. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.