School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers

Head of Station, BBC 6 Music

Taking a degree at Newcastle University was a wonderful experience. It helped me to look both outwards and inwards, broadening my horizons and building my self-confidence. Reading English Literature (and the NME) at Newcastle definitely opened up my world. But the most rewarding aspect of studying in Newcastle was the opportunity to meet people from broader and more diverse backgrounds. After graduating from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, I studied for a PGCE at Loughborough.  I moved to London where I taught English and Humanities at schools in Tottenham and Islington.

I’ve lived in London ever since then, where I have worked in TV and advertising, but the great majority of my career has been spent with BBC Radio. Music has always been one of my main interests, so working towards a role in music radio made sense.  This began with a brief stint of freelance research for BBC Radio 2 in the early Nineties. It was a great opportunity to develop skills and experience relevant to a career in music media. I worked for many years as a producer at Radio 2, where I made a range of programming spanning news, mainstream daytime, music documentary, comedy and arts output. It was very satisfying to be involved with such a great variety of projects and to work with some very talented, enthusiastic and generous people. In 2008 I took a role with BBC Radio 6 Music, initially as its Editor and more recently as Head of the Station. 6 Music is a digital radio station with an exciting remit to explore music beyond the mainstream, and has grown until it has become the UK’s most listened to digital radio station and has been recognised for its high quality and influential role in music.

Paul Rodgers
English and Employability Event February 2018 - Paul Rodgers