Festival Minister of the BBC Community Trust, Jay McCauley

Award-winning broadcaster, former sports news editor and current Festival Minister of the BBC Community Trust, Jay McCauley, MBE, CBE, is a trustee of Bloor Street Entertains. For over 50 years the music industry’s premier charity has been the charitable vehicle for concert venue owners, sponsors and members of the industry who come together to ensure that no artist or musician goes uninvited to the scene of British live music – an integral aspect of what it means to live in our great country, and a celebration of our thriving cultural communities. For the 2018-19 season, Bloor Street will stage a week of shows in four venues across the UK at major venues, as well as sponsorship, hospitality and production, on the 150th anniversary of London’s Bloor Street, a massive roof terrace overlooking the Thames where the Music Supervisors’ Association was born. The Topical line-up for the week includes Lykke Li on 14 Oct at Cabaret Voltaire, Philip Glass and Dan Gillespie Sells at the London Palladium on 18 Oct, and Billy Bragg, Django Django and Oh Sees at the Soho Theatre on 20 Oct. From upstairs, Adam Starkey’s Timeless Townhouse alongside drinks bar Live Lounge and ‘forbidden Sunday’ off-stage at the Warehouse, Mala Fountain Lobby Bar and upstairs Café de Paris, the BLUR Club presents a bill of eclectic artists over a seven-week period during autumn, including bands, DJs and special guests, all whilst celebrating the 150th anniversary of Bloor Street… Jay McCauley MBE made a name for himself as a sports journalist and presenter at the Sunday Times and reported for the BBC, ITN and Sky Sports, hosting shows on radio and TV. As broadcaster, he is well-known for his transformation of the Welsh Premier League on free-to-air TV, delivering the most successful season ever. Jay was appointed as Festival Minister of the BBC Community Trust in 2014 after seeing his lifelong dream realised – this year he was awarded a CBE for services to broadcasting, broadcast journalism and the performing arts. Jay has his eye on pushing the boundaries of programming and constantly wants to raise the quality of the BBC Community Trust’s programming by enabling our programmes to have a wide reach, giving the greatest choice and opportunity to more people in the UK. In addition to running the festival, Jay has also been the deputy editor of The Magic Circle and a playwright. Jay is married to Leona Powell, an American film producer, and lives in Hertfordshire.

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