Jo Whiley is one of Britain's most popular and iconic radio DJs. She was the host of the long-running weekday Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 1 and currently presents an evening show on Radio 2, Monday to Thursday. Her numerous and impressive guests over the years have included Coldplay, Dido, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Oasis.
During the final year of Jo’s degree course, still unsure of what she wanted to do, a conversation with a lecturer led to a job with BBC Radio Sussex on a show called Turn It Up. It allowed anyone to get on the radio and required Jo to attend shows and interview the musicians.
Following this foray into the music industry, Jo studied radio journalism in London before securing a presenting role on a youth culture and music show for BBC Radio 4. She then moved into television, firstly at BSB where she produced and presented the indie show, then at Channel 4 where she worked as a researcher on The Word, with her friend Zoe Ball, and giving airtime to Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine.
From 1993-2011, Jo presented Radio 1's Evening Session alongside Steve Lamacq, and from 1995 her own Saturday afternoon show, during the heyday of Britpop with bands such as Blur and Oasis. Then in 1997 she was given a solo weekday lunchtime show titled The Jo Whiley Show and, later, The Lunchtime Social. Following the Jo Whiley Show, she went on to present a weekend show on Radio 1 between 1pm and 4pm. Her last show on Radio 1 was in 2011, after 17 years with the station.
Between 1995 and 1998, Jo Whiley was a regular guest presenter on Top of the Pops, initially co-presenting with fellow DJ Steve Lamacq before flying solo and alternating with Zoë Ball and Jayne Middlemiss.
In 2011, Jo moved to sister station BBC Radio 2, where she presents an evening show Monday to Thursday.
In addition to her radio and voice over work, Jo Whiley is also an adept television presenter and often fronts televised coverage of major music festivals such as Live8 (2005), the Glastonbury Festival, Sound city Music Festival and other Radio 1 road shows. She also narrated the BBC3 series, Little Angels and provided the radio voice over for Richard Curtis' hit romcom Love Actually (2003).