Patrick O'Connell

Patrick O'Connell - Host and Presenter

On TV, Paddy has knelt at Bill Clinton's feet to steady a microphone, and was challenged by Bill Gates to debut the X-box. On radio he presents "Broadcasting House" on Radio 4.

He was the Wall Street anchor for the BBC, and was due for a meeting at the World Trade Centre during the attacks on the USA in 2001. He reported on the attacks and presented the News coverage on the evening of September 11th from New York, and covered the aftermath until leaving New York in 2003.

 

Witnessing terrorist murder and Wall Street boom, bust and sleaze, he changed direction. He currently presents BBC 2's "Working Lunch", and is the commentator for the semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

He first worked on local radio stations in the UK for five years, was hired for the launch team of BBC Radio 5 Live, and the launch of "The World" from WGBH in Boston and BBC World Service. He has been heard as reporter or presenter on other stations around the world including 50 US stations which broadcast "The World," Radio New Zealand, ABC Australia, Radio Canada, London's LBC 97.3 and Radio Scotland.

Other presenting credits include: "Flashmob: The Opera", "Naked City; Spencer Tunick", "Celebdaq", "Liquid News", "Liquid Assets", "HardTalk Extra", "Seven O'Clock News, BBC 3", "World Business Report", "Oscars Special 2006", "Making your Mind Up". Other contributions include: "Richard and Judy", "HeadJam", "100 Best Cartoons".

He was listed among the top 40 gay men on TV by "Attitude" magazine, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.