BBC The Weakest Link: Tony Blackburn, from BBC sacking to Valium addiction

Appearing on The Weakest Link on Saturday January 22, famed DJ and radio presenter Tony Blackburn who suffered a scandal with the BBC and battled valium addiction.

Tony rose to fame with BBC Radio 1 as the first DJ to be heard on the station, on the morning show, when it debuted in 1967.

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He also hosted the popular TV music show Top of the Pops and later in his career moved on to presenting the BBC Radio Two morning show.

The 78-year-old was the subject of scandal in 2016 when he was fired from the BBC by then-chief executive Lord Hall over the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation.

He was fired because Lord Hall said the documents from the early 1970s conflicted with evidence Tony had provided to Dame Janet Smith’s inquiry into Jimmy Savile.

Tony believed he had been used as a scapegoat and wanted to take legal action against the BBC. However, later in 2016 Tony was reinstated at the BBC, presenting an hour-long show on BBC Radio Two on Friday evenings.

Tony is currently married to his second wife Debbie, with whom he has a daughter named Victoria. He also has a son, Simon, with his first wife, actress Tess Wyatt.

They married in 1972, after a year together, and divorced in 1977 after Tony had an affair with their neighbor.

After the marriage broke up, Tony became addicted to Valium, which he had been prescribed, and began taking more than the recommended dose.

In 2002, Tony entered the very first series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and became the first victor and king of the jungle after facing snakes, frogs, and gruesome Busktucker trials.

The radio star has also presented for Smooth Radio, Thames Radio and started his career on offshore pirate radio stations, Radio Caroline and Radio London.

He currently presents Sound of the 60s on BBC Radio Two every Saturday and has a podcast with Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson called Ricky and Tony’s Pop Detectives where they examine myths and rumors about pop stars.

The Weakest Link airs Saturday, January 22 at 6:10 p.m. on BBC One.

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