I've been a broadcaster since 1982 when I got my first big break: presenting That's Life on BBC1 with Esther Rantzen. Until then, I'd been a print journalist in the West Midlands. I didn't mind swapping the industrial tribunals and magistrates' courts of Sandwell for the broken washing machines and phallic parsnips of Shepherds Bush one little bit.
I stayed with the show for three years, during which time, I was also in at the birth of breakfast television: I was a regional presenter, reporter and topic songwriter-and-performer for BBC Breakfast Time (the one with Frank and Selina on the sofa). Writing a witty (allegedly!) three-minute song overnight then singing it to a sleepy nation at 6.45 and 8.45am was an experience.
I spent six years travelling the world as a reporter for the Beeb's Holiday Programme ("Yes, it IS hard work," "No, it's NOT like being on holiday," "Yes, I loved it, thanks.")
During this period, I finally started doing what I'd meant to do since I was a little boy: regular radio presenting. Bill currently presents radio phone-ins on London's LBC 97.3. Hear him on Friday mornings from midnight until 5 and on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 1 until 5.
Other telly over the years included all kinds of regional programmes for Meridian during my years on the south coast - everything from consumer affairs via politics to amateur filmmaking - plus appearances on everything from Blankety Blank (Les Dawson referred to me as 'ballast' - a career highlight) to Songs of Praise (on which I sang David Essex's hit, A Winter's Tale, with a huge orchestra and choir) and from Children in Need to Call My Bluff (a 'chattee' is someone having a conversation where the other party - the 'chatter' - is doing most of the talking/ Isn't it funny the things you remember?)
Last Spring, I won the London week of C4's cookery and party-giving competition, Come Dine with Me. I discuss the following morning's newspapers on BBC News 24 late at night about three times a month, and occasionally do the same on BBC Breakfast on BBC1 on Saturday mornings.