Carol McGiffin

Carol started her broadcasting career in 1984, when she began working behind the camera on a less-known 24-hour cable music channel, named ‘Music Box,’ considered the precursor to ‘MTV’ in the UK. Even though she had originally applied for the position of a video jockey, she began her career as a production assistant and ended up as a production manager.

In the late 1980s, she met radio presenter and voice artist Chris Evans, who invited her to co-host his weekly radio show, ‘Round at Chris’s.’ Her presentation was always satirical, drawing humour from her observations of men and their mannerisms.

In 1995, Carol became one of the of the first presenters of the radio station ‘Talk Radio UK,’ where she co-presented the weekday-evening show ‘The Rude Awakening’ along with Moz Dee. She became the station’s music expert after the evening show was cancelled in September that year. She hosted her own Friday evening music review show for the next 6 months.

By the end of 1996, she had begun co-hosting the breakfast show on ‘Liberty Radio’ with Richard Skinner. Later she collaborated with UK radio and TV presenters Paul Ross and Nick Abbot, doing various shows.

She joined the London radio station ‘LBC’ in 1999, working with Nick Abbot. However, he left the station after 6 months and Carol continued hosting the show alone till September 2000. Her Sunday morning show on ‘LBC’ was widely popular. She co-hosted a few phone-in shows on ‘BBC London Live.’ In 2002, she paired up with Abbot again for an occasional appearance on ‘Real Radio.’ Meanwhile, she left LBC in 2000 and she returned to in 2006.

Her claim to fame came was her 2000 ‘ITV’ talk show ‘Live Talk’, which was Loose Women renamed then. She joined the lunchtime chat show as a regular panelist and became a favourite on the show for her bold views and candor. She presented distinct opinions and funny anecdotes that were almost outrageous. In 2013, after being an integral part of the show for 10 years, she announced her exit from the show and revealed that she had been thinking about doing so since long.

In 2010, she published her autobiography, ‘Oh, Carol!,’ which was an insightful collection of memories and experiences of her life. The book not only talked about her broken family struggling to survive but also about her own feelings, as a second child, toward her siblings. The book reflected her straightforward nature.

In 2013, she appeared on ‘Celebrity Big Brother.’ She then appeared on the ‘Channel 5’ show ‘The Wright Stuff’ (from 2014 to 2018).

As huge gift to her fans, Carol announced her return to ‘Loose Women’ in 2018 and continues to make the show as entertaining as before.


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