BBC Essex radio broadcaster Tim Gillett to retire

BBC Essex broadcaster Tim Gillett is retiring after 35 years on the air in the region.

Tim has been breaking the news to Essex since 1986 when he was taken on by Essex Radio as a junior reporter.

“I arrived at Radio House in Southend from working as a radio reporter on Humberside, just as the Jeremy Bamber trial was getting underway,” said Tim.

“Within months I was reporting on the great hurricane of 1987 and interviewing Margaret Thatcher on the 1987 General Election trail.”

Tim went on to broadcast live from the Queen’s opening of the QEII Bridge in 1991 and become Essex Radio and Breeze AM’s news editor.

In 1994, Tim was appointed a senior broadcast journalist at BBC Essex in Chelmsford, where he became an assistant editor, news editor, programmes editor, a presenter and in recent years, weekend editor. He was also responsible for putting together Pirate BBC Essex in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

“Those celebrations of 60s offshore pirate radio were by far the pinnacle in listener terms of my time in radio,” says Tim.

Tim, who’s 59, has also reported and presented on seven general elections, countless local elections, and presented BBC Essex’s 2014 Clacton by-election programme coverage.

Tim is one of few broadcasters who’ve worked for both commercial and BBC radio in Essex. He said, “I feel so privileged to have broken so much news for the people of Essex over the years, and to try to offer some entertaining and informative radio programmes.”

He leaves BBC Essex just weeks after popular presenter Peter Holmes also departed.

Tim over the years!

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7 Comments
  1. Radio Producer says

    Along with Ray Clark…. Tim is one of Radio’s ‘Jolly Nice Blokes’….

  2. Richard E says

    Totally agree, quite a few BBC Essex
    presenters came from Essex Radio over the years!

  3. John Alabaster says

    Hope to hear Tim joining Ray Clark on Radio Caroline in the near future broadcasting live from the Ross Revenge, The only “Pirate” Radio Ship still on the air today.

  4. Daniel Gee says

    I worked with Tim in the late 1990s. A lovely man, a patient trainer, a consummate professional and a very deep voice!

  5. Richard Gorbutt says

    Wishing him the best. Very fond memories of him at Humberside when I was there in ’96. Beer, fish and chips and disco’s. Good luck.

    1. Richard Gorbutt says

      1986 not 96.

  6. Ian Chambers says

    Took over his hospital radio show in 1983! Happy retirement Tim.

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