Bill Giles OBE | Speaker
Developing a childhood interest in meteorology into a distinguished weather broadcast career, Bill Giles’ journey is an incredible story. With such extensive climate knowledge he is an eminent figure in the field and a leading authority on the most pressing issue facing our society today.
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Bill first became interested in meteorology whilst at school in Crediton and joined the Meteorological Office at Exeter in January 1957 on leaving Bristol College of Science and Technology. Later that year he was sent to Christmas Island to observe the immediate meteorological affects of the H-bomb tests.
From 1961 to 1963 he was based in Germany as an observer with the RAF and between 1968 and 1970 worked as a lecturer at the Met Office's training college.
Bill’s broadcasting career began in 1972 when he was transferred to the London Weather Centre to become part of the team forecasting for BBC Radio. He moved to television forecasting in 1975. In 1980 promotion took him back to Bracknell where he worked in public relations and then, in May 1983, he returned to take charge of BBC Television's forecasting team, on the retirement of Jack Scott.
October 1990 saw the publication of his book "The Weather Story", and he presented the BBC programme "The Weather Show", in which he provided an insight into the mysteries of forecasting and offered a glimpse behind the scenes at the kind of things that can go wrong.
Bill lives in Oxfordshire, with his wife and family. His hobbies include golf, cricket and gardening.
He was awarded his O.B.E in the 1995 New Year's Honours for services to broadcast meteorology.
BILL GILES' WEATHER SHOW
A humorous outlook from the man who led the BBC Weather Team for 17 years, Bill Giles presents his one-man weather show
How did Michael Fish miss the hurricane
Why Ian McCaskill broadcast without
his shoes on!
Will global warming affect you?
This fun evening will take you through:
All weather phenomena: - rainbows, lightening, thunder waterspouts, tornadoes and hurricanes
Bill Giles’ journey from his RAF days observing the H-Bomb tests in he South Pacific through to Head of the BBC Weather Centre
Met Office jargon
Climate change and the effect of greenhouse gases
What weather we can expect in the next 50 – 100 years
Bloomers at Television Centre!
An evening liberally splashed with anecdotes on his fellow presenters, Bill will answer all your questions on the weather including how hurricanes are born and how and why some clouds are mistaken for UFOs. There is even the opportunity for audience participation!
Bill, who was awarded the OBE in 1995 for services to weather broadcasting, was one of the first people to warn about Global Warming - nearly 20 years ago, and many of his theories then, are now fully accepted by scientists and politicians alike.