Brian Hayes (broadcaster)
The son of a miner, he left school at age 15 and worked as a clerk for a mining company before obtaining a job as a newsreader for a radio station in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. He subsequently worked for various stations in Perth and Western Australia, in both presenting and producing roles.
He moved to the UK and joined Capital Radio at its inception in 1973, first as a producer of talk programmes, and then presenting Capital Open Line, before making his name as presenter of the morning interview and phone-in show on LBC Radio from 1976 to 1990. Here he adopted an often aggressive style with callers – making it clear he did not suffer fools gladly. Though this sometimes caused irritation it was a valuable asset to the station. (He was once satirised in Private Eye as ‘Brian Bastard').
Since 1990 Hayes has appeared on various stations, including presenting the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show from January 1992. He did not prove to be popular, and was replaced by the show's former host Terry Wogan at the start of 1993.
Hayes presented the weekly phone-in Hayes over Britain on BBC Radio 2 in the 1990s, winning a Gold Sony Radio Award for 'Best Phone-In', a programme on Euthanasia, as well as sitting in for Jimmy Young and Jeremy Vine until the mid-2000s. He worked on BBC Radio 5 Live until 2006, and BBC Radio 4, on various programmes including Not Today, Thank You. During the mid-2000s, he presented Friday nights on BBC Radio 5 Live and on Sunday nights he returned to LBC. He also stood in for Jimmy Young (broadcaster) and Young's successor Jeremy Vine on Radio 2's news and current affairs programme.