Andrew Bailey

Bringing you the news every morning, Monday to Friday, on the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show.

About Andrew Bailey

Andrew "Bails" Bailey is Absolute Radio's longest serving newsreader and presents the news and traffic bulletins on the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show.

Bails is the voice of authority and chief pedant on the show. He's a sci-fi fan (particularly his beloved Star Wars), proud of his Merseyside roots (he grew up in St Helens) and is often mocked for his love of gardening and home improvement.

He's taken part in outside broadcasts from Basra to Blackpool, Maidstone to Melbourne and even a listener's toilet in Hampshire. Bails also competed in the infamous "Mobility Scooter Grand Prix" in front of Buckingham Palace, coming in third place in his news-mobile.

Away from the frivolity of the breakfast show, Andrew is Head of News for Absolute Radio (and a number of other stations broadcasting from One Golden Square) and is responsible for all the news, sport and traffic content broadcast on-air.

After completing a degree in Music, Andrew went on to study Broadcast Journalism at City University in London. Stints soon followed at Radio City in Liverpool, Key 103 Manchester, BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, London Tonight and Century FM in Manchester.

In 2014 Andrew was awarded the title 'IRN Commercial Radio Newsreader of the Year' as well as 'Bauer Media Newsreader of the Year'. Previously he was part of the winning 'NTL Commercial Radio Newsteam of the Year' Award at Radio City in June 2000 and has since been nominated for National News Broadcaster of the Year at the 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 British Radio Awards. He led the station to international success at the New York Festival Radio Awards in 2007 where the team won the 'Silver World Medal' for breaking news coverage - his journalists have since been nominated for the Arqiva Newsteam of the Year in 2008 and 2011.

He's a familiar face to viewers of Sky News where he appears as a newspaper reviewer and commentator on popular culture, and Andrew also lectures in radio journalism on the MA Broadcast Journalism course at City University, London.

Over the years Andrew has met and interviewed numerous stars and politicians including Tony Blair, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Coldplay's Chris Martin but his favourite interviewee is Darth Vader actor James Earl Jones.

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