My late Grandfather Julius Sarkodee-Adoo was the former Chief Justice of Ghana he studied law at Kings College in London before being called to the bar in 1932. But what is it like for people from BAME backgrounds trying to get into the judiciary today? Find out more on my first BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘The Colour of Justice’ which airs on Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th of July at 11am on BBC Radio 4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006zxx
Following the success of a special festive show, Edward hosted last year with his Dad jazz musician Ed Bentley, the Broadcaster and DJ is heading back to Mi-Soul to take over the airwaves for two hours on Boxing Day. Edward will be sharing his favourite soul, boogie, house, jazz and rap tracks of all time and new music highlights of 2018.
Edward says “It’s great to be back on Mi-Soul. It’s my eternal radio home; it’s the station that gave me the opportunity to refocus my radio career and platform to shine when I didn’t have a regular radio show. All down to Gordon for his time and support. Will always be grateful and appreciate the generosity given.”
Edward will also be playing a world exclusive which has not been aired on the radio from a London based soul collective.
Tune in Boxing Day from 7 till 9pm on Mi-Soul
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - The Residency: Black Beats press release - December 2018.
As part of the recent revamped evening schedule on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, The Residency gives listeners a weekly opportunity to talk about a local fascination, a chance to share great stories and memories with the county.
Throughout December and January, Broadcaster, DJ and music tastemaker Edward Adoo will take over the reigns for a five week stint exploring black beats and sounds in Cambridgeshire with help from listeners, DJs, artists and people who have made the black music scene in Cambridgeshire what it is today.
Edward explains why he is overjoyed at the opportunity to take listeners directly on to the dancefloor and introduce them to the people who are part of that scene...
"Black music, past, present and future has major roots in the Cambridgeshire area from Peterborough to Cambridge and beyond. There are stories, weekly nights and experiences that are often told but never get mentioned. I'll be able to explore this over five weeks with help from listeners through black beats and sounds on The Residency by celebrating the eclectic sounds of black music in all forms from Reggae, Soul, Disco, R&B, Hip Hop to House and beyond taking listeners directly on to the dancefloor."
Edward will also showcase live music sessions from artists who are part of the current scene, guest DJ mixes from local DJs along with tipping his 'Future Stars' through BBC Music Introducing in Cambridgeshire and the wider independent local scene. The weekly two hour show will be a celebration of black music in Cambridgeshire.
The Residency: Black Beats
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Wednesday 7-9pm.
I'll be making my debut on Sky News flagship morning programme 'Sunrise' to go through the papers on New Years Day, January 1st 2019 from 6 till 9am. Tune in - https://news.sky.com/
I will be spreading lots of festive joy and vibes on BBC Radio London over the holiday season on Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, January 1st and 2nd looking after the overnight shows from 1 till 4am. Tune in https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiolondon
I wrote a comment piece on the latest signings across commercial radio related to Eddie Mair, Chris Evans and Matthew Wright for Broaadcast magazine.
Radio must call time on boys' club
4 September 2018
Commercial stations are splashing the cash on big signings - but where are the diverse names, asks Edward Adoo
Source: Sky News
Chris Evans: announced Radio 2 departure this week
Radio is one of our best and loved mediums. As a broadcaster and avid radio geek, it’s the best in the world. The recent signings and movements across the industry shows how radio is truly valued.
UK radio still boasts the best stations and presenters but it has morphed into a world of bidding wars, with talent commanding high fees for prominent slots.
It has become like the football transfer season. But Chris Evans announcing he was leaving the Radio 2 Breakfast show then moving to Virgin Radio earlier this morning was the biggest kept secret in radio – and Evans could only reveal the first part of the story on his show.
This, plus LBC’s signing of Eddie Mair from the BBC and Matthew Wright signing for TalkSport, indicates there is still long life in radio, with big name talents commanding mass audiences.
Yet commercial stations are fishing in a safe pool. Evans, Mair and Wright are all tried and tested middle-class white guys. Where are the women or BAME talent in the mix?
Surely they should be getting a chance to connect with mainstream audiences, not just a select few?
Many years ago, I tried to secure airtime for a major commercial radio group, but soon realised I wouldn’t be valued or respected working there. I have constantly questioned why commerical radio has been sluggish to address diversity.
In a roundtable discussion at the DCMS in 2016 with former Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, I put the question to Radiocentre director Siobhan Kenny, who assured me the industry was aware of the problem and steps would be taken to ensure it is priortised.
Kenny totally got it, and I trust that she and her colleagues will ensure the sector will be more representative. But unfortunately much of commercial radio is still a boys’ club, dominated by middle class and white decision-makers who are not always aware of talent outside of their world.
“For the next generation of diverse broadcasters, Evans’ return to Virgin will not be seen as a positive step”
Bauer Group is an exception, with its top stars Angie Greaves at Magic and Melvin and Rickie on Kiss FM Breakfast. But they shouldn’t be the only group championing diverse talent.
For the next generation of diverse broadcasters, Evans’ return to Virgin will not be seen as a positive step.
Both BBC and commercial radio are keen to target the next generation of radio listeners. It’s proven quite tricky to tap into their lifestyle and the ways they consume music and other forms of media today.
Global Radio’s LBC schedule still lacks diverse choice, with one BAME presenter at the weekend and one woman at lunchtime. There is talent out there who could easily fill these slots - June Sarpong, Trevor Philips, Yasmeen Khan, Adil Ray, to name a few.
I’m not here to knock LBC, but they and others need to change their mindset. Radio must move with the times to connect with all audiences.
The BBC is addressing diversity and making sure all of its networks from national to local stations are reaching out. Some regions are playing catch up, but they are on the right track.
Big signings should appeal to all talent in radio, it should be diverse, with more room at the top especially for BAME and female talent.
Commercial radio may be cheering about their new signings, but they’ve got a long way to go if they want to get to grips with diversity.
Next week I will be looking after BBC Three Counties Drivetime from Monday 29th July till 6th of August with the latest stories, interviews and breaking news.
Local panellists across Beds, Herts and Bucks will join me to go through the latest politics, business and entertainment stories. Tune in - www.bbc.co.uk/threecountiesradio
My BBC London News report on a Nigerian man who ended up being detained and threatened with deportation.
How can we tackle knife and gun and crime? I went back to Queens Crescent, Kentish Town - the area where I grew up to find out what's going on and recorded a special film for the BBC Daily Politics programme.
Honoured, chuffed and speechless to be nominated for the Diversity in Media journalist/Writer of the year award 2018. The ceremony takes place in London in September.
Thanks to Diversity in Media for the nomination.
Happy to announce I have teamed up with hotel, lifestyle and entertainment group SBE for a weekly monthly residency at Sanderson London on the third Wednesday of each month.
The residency will be based on my love of soulful music. I will be playing tracks I grew up listening to along with new tracks and exploring a journey through Soul, Funk, Disco, Reggae, House, Funk and Jazz.
It's an honour to be joining the SBE team to extend their love of celebrating nightlife culture in London. Sanderson is one of my spiritual haunts - best cocktails, great staff and awesome music.
Launch night - Wednesday April 8th - 8pm till late -
Sanderson Long Bar
London W1T 3NG
Pleased to announce I have been added to the line up for this year's Standon Calling taking place at the end of July. I will be DJing on Friday July 27th.
Thanks to the Standon Calling family for having me back. Get your tickets here https://standon-calling.com/tickets/
"Stormzy doesn't need to be 'grateful' for his upbringing as a black Londoner on a council estate – and neither do I"
My latest Independent piece
"I was told I was ‘too urban’ for TV. Race and class are still a huge issue for the media."
My i news piece
I spoke to Sky News afternoon host Kay Burley about the H&M hoodie monkey slogan.
My latest Independent comment piece on H&M's advert featuring a young Black child wearing a green hoodie with the phrase "Coolest monkey in the jungle".
Interviewed Goldie last year ahead of his album release on my BBC 3CR Sunday evening show. It was featured as part of my highlights special of 2017.
Click here to catch up and listen again.
Digital Minister Matt Hancock MP was my special guest on my BBC Christmas Day regional show, broadcast across the East of England. Matt spoke about his love of grime music, goose and best pubs and restaurants in West Suffolk.
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On Boxing Day I hosted a special daytime show on Mi-Soul and got the chance to hang out with my Dad Jazz Musician Ed Bentley to find out about his life in Jazz music.
Dad told me what it was like working with Deniece Williams, George Williams former leader of soul group The Tymes, meeting Joe Sample and getting a random phone call from Joey Negro plus working with Courtney Pine on his recent album.
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Before the Christmas break I joined former L'oreal model Munroe Bergdorf on Good Morning Britain to discuss the use of free speech on Twitter with hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan.
If you missed it catch up here.