Chris Tarrant

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Christopher John "Chris" Tarrant, OBE (born 10 October 1946)[1] is an English radio and television broadcaster, now best known for hosting the first version of the television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in the United Kingdom and later Ireland, as the two national versions of the show merged in 2002.

Chris Tarrant was educated as a boarder in Choir House at The King's School, Worcester from 1960-1964. He represented the school at hockey and cricket and gained A, B and D grades at A-level in English, History and Ancient History. He then studied English at the University of Birmingham, Tarrant worked as a schoolteacher and also briefly as a researcher for the Central Office of Information before joining ATV as a newsreader on ATV Today.[2]



Tarrant rose to prominence after becoming a co-host on Tiswas, a children's television show broadcast on a Saturday morning in 1974. In 1982, he hosted a short-lived Saturday evening show O.T.T., which was billed as an adult version of Tiswas, but this was not a success. After this, he did a stint on the breakfast television station TV-am. [3]

Capital Radio

In the mid-1980s Tarrant joined Capital Radio as a presenter and from 1987 until 2004 he hosted the Breakfast show on London's 95.8 Capital FM. The show was immensely popular, increasing Capital Radio's audience share in London. Chris had regular co-presenter Kara Noble as his sidekick.

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