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Phil Upton

Phil Upton
Phil Upton

Phil Upton @ Breakfast wakes up the West Midlands every weekday morning at 6.30am on BBC WM 95.6FM.

Midlands radio personality Phil Upton joined BBC WM in 2006 and launched the station's brand new breakfast show Phil Upton @ Breakfast on 2 October.

The programme wakes up the West Midlands every weekday morning from 6.30am, tackling the issues that matter across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Born in Kings Norton, Phil got his first taste of radio as a student studying at the old Birmingham Polytechnic (now UCE, Perry Barr) and knew instantly it was the career for him.

"From 1987 until 2006 I worked for big local commercial stations in Birmingham," he said.

"The BBC always represented the pinnacle of broadcasting. The idea that they wanted me for their flagship show was incredibly flattering."

Contact Phil Upton
e-mail: phil.upton@bbc.co.uk
text the show: 07786 202 956
call the show: 08453 00 99 56

Phil Upton @ Breakfast is a lively mix of banter and debate. Phil loves taking your calls, reading your texts and answering your e-mails about the issues of the day. He's joined by a regular breakfast team, including BBC WM's Daz Hale on sport bulletins and Cayte Walker who provides up-to-the-minute travel reports.

Phil has actively been involved in some of the West Midlands' biggest campaigns. He spearheaded BBC WM's award-winning Kidney Kids Appeal which raised £1.5 million for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

In addition, Phil Upton @ Breakfast saved the historic HP sign when the famous Aston factory closed, championed the return of open-top bus tours to Birmingham city centre and helped push forward the long-awaited redevelopment of New Street station.

BBC WM's Phil Upton
Presenting Phil Upton @ Breakfast

Phil lives in Warwickshire with his wife Katherine, son James and daughter Charlotte. His concerns for their future form a good part of his show's subject matter.

"For every parent and grandparent where and how our children are educated, how safe they are and the world they will inherit dominates our thinking," he said.

"It's a basic instinct in us all that we should leave to our children something better than we had for ourselves.

"Helping build a city and the environment in which we all live is one of the most important contributions I can make. If that means grilling our leaders to build a better New Street station, or challenging them to continue the energy and vitality that got Bullring developed and built, then that is a cause I will follow on my programmes."




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