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Stuart Hall (presenter)
Born December 25, 1929 (1929-12-25) (age 80)
Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television Presenter

Stuart Hall (born 25 December 1929, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England) is a BBC radio and television presenter.

Named James Stuart Hall the eldest son of a baker: James Stuart Hall Snr and his wife Mary (née Hennessey), Stuart was brought up in Hyde, Cheshire and Glossop, Derbyshire where he attended the local grammar school before studying at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He joined the BBC in 1959 as a general reporter on Radio Newsreel and a sports journalist on Sports Report where he still broadcasts. Between 1965 and 1990 he presented the BBC's North-West local news programme, originally called Look North, then Look North West and finally renamed North West Tonight. He became familiar to viewers throughout the North of England, and the same could be said for his closing remark, "I wish you, as always, a fond farewell." For several years during the 1980s he hosted the show alongside John Mundy. In 1990, Stuart made the shock move to Granada Reports, where he was reunited with his old rival Bob Greaves for some light hearted banter in a slot titled "Greaves and Hall."[1]

Stuart Hall in the original version of It's a Knockout.

Hall became particularly well-known as the presenter of It's a Knockout between 1971 and 1982 and its European equivalent, Jeux Sans Frontières. During the programme, Hall would often be carried away by the slapstick humour of the competition and become incoherent with laughter. This led to his becoming a popular subject for impersonation. He also presented Quiz Ball (a football quiz) on BBC television during the early 1970s and he was the original host of the long running sports quiz A Question Of Sport (at that time only broadcast in the North of England); and in the late 1990s Hall presented Going, Going, Gone, an antiques quiz show for the BBC and provided the voiceover for God's Gift for Granada. During the late 1960s, he was a commentator on Match Of The Day. He caused controversy during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk on 11 March 2005 [2] with comments about Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe.[3]

Hall still works as a football reporter for 5 Live. His reports are unique, scattered with allusions to the works of Shakespeare and all manner of linguistic tricks. He also appears on Channel M News occasionally in Manchester. He is well known for his love of Manchester City,[4] although he has affectionately referred to their former home ground Maine Road as the Theatre of Base Comedy.[4] This is an allusion to City's Manchester derby rivals Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford, which is known as the Theatre of Dreams. On 10 December 2009 BBC Radio 5 Live presented a special programme, Stuart Hall Night, broadcast live from the City of Manchester Stadium.

In 1999 more than 50 Members of Parliament signed a House of Commons motion, congratulating Hall on celebrating 40 years in broadcasting. The motion, by former Labour sports spokesman Tom Pendry, says Hall is an "icon with the youth of today" with his football reporting on BBC Radio 5 Live. [5]

In the later half of 2007, Hall began voicing-over the Japanese obstacle course show Ninja Warrior for Challenge.

Stuart Hall has been married to Hazel since 1 March 1968 and they have two children, Daniel and Francesca. His grandfather James Hall was a watchmaker and jeweller, which may go to explain his large collection of time pieces, He possesses an extensive collection of clocks including one that was once owned by Napoleon. His clocks were the subject of ridicule in the BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk, where Stuart's clocks could be heard in the background during his answers via ISDN.

References

Books

  • Stuart Hall (2000). Heaven and Hall: a prodigal life. ISBN 0-56-353811-2.  

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