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Paul Gambaccini

One of Britain’s most beloved broadcasters talks about his year being falsely accused under Operation Yewtree; an ordeal which threatened his livelihood, his sanity and destroyed his faith in British justice

Paul Gambaccini is known as the Professor of Pop. It’s a title he’s earned well. At 19, the New York born rock and roll fan was having his hit picks published in Billboard. In 1973 he interviewed future lifelong friend Elton John for his first cover of Rolling Stone. While studying at Oxford he took up a job with the BBC, one of the few dependable hands at the corporation fit for presenting across Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 throughout a loyal 40 year service. He delivered reviews on GMTV, performed annual hosting duties at the Ivor Novello Awards and worked prolifically on countless volumes of The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. Even the most distinguished pop academics bow to the wisdom of Professor Paul.

It is for this wealth of musical knowledge that I have occasionally reached out to him for quotes for Attitude features. In July 2014 I approached Paul for comment on a feature I was writing about The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, knowing he was on bail, after being arrested as part of Operation Yewtree. Unfounded accusations had been made against him. Paul expressed both surprise and gratitude at hearing his encyclopaedic knowledge was still warranted and explained sadly that he had been dropped by almost all his professional colleagues and allies in the media. I met him on London’s Southbank for a coffee and a chat, and he strongly proclaimed his innocence and depicted the months of personal hell he had been put through as a result of his arrest.

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The Red Issue of Attitude marks World AIDS Day on 1st December, and one of the world’s most successful gay actors Zachary Quinto appears on the cover, with an exclusive interview and shoot. Inside we have an 18 page look at the chemsex problem which has emerged in London’s gay community, and we interview YouTuber Tyler Oakley, legendary broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, pop breakout star Fleur East and author Hanya Yanagihara. Also with the download, you’ll get Attitude’s special Screamers, a 58 page supplement devoted to the horror films and TV shows we know and love.