BBC News is an operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. The department is the world's largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online news coverage; the service maintains 50 foreign news bureaus with more than 250 correspondents around the world. Fran Unsworth has been Director of News and Current Affairs since January 2018; the department's annual budget is in excess of £350 million. BBC News' domestic and online news divisions are housed within the largest live newsroom in Europe, in Broadcasting House in central London. Parliamentary coverage is broadcast from studios in Millbank in London. Through the BBC English Regions, the BBC has regional centres across England, as well as national news centres in Northern Ireland and Wales. All nations and English regions produce their own local news programmes and other current affairs and sport programmes.
The BBC is a quasi-autonomous corporation authorised by Royal Charter, making it operationally independent of the government, who have no power to appoint or dismiss its director-general, required to report impartially. As with all major media outlets it has been accused of political bias from across the political spectrum, both within the UK and abroad; the British Broadcasting Company broadcast its first radio bulletin from radio station.2LO In 14 November 1922. Wishing to avoid competition, newspaper publishers persuaded the government to ban the BBC from broadcasting news before 7:00 pm, to force it to use wire service copy instead of reporting on its own. On Easter weekend in 1930, this reliance on newspaper wire services left the radio news service with no information to report after saying There is no news today. Piano music was played instead; the BBC gained the right to edit the copy and, in 1934, created its own news operation. However, it could not broadcast news before 6 PM until World War II.
Gaumont British and Movietone cinema newsreels had been broadcast on the TV service since 1936, with the BBC producing its own equivalent Television Newsreel programme from January 1948. A weekly Children's Newsreel was inaugurated on 23 April 1950, to around 350,000 receivers; the network began simulcasting its radio news on television in 1946, with a still picture of Big Ben. Televised bulletins began on 5 July 1954, broadcast from leased studios within Alexandra Palace in London; the public's interest in television and live events was stimulated by Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. It is estimated that up to 27 million people viewed the programme in the UK, overtaking radio's audience of 12 million for the first time; those live pictures were fed from 21 cameras in central London to Alexandra Palace for transmission, on to other UK transmitters opened in time for the event. That year, there were around two million TV Licences held in the UK, rising to over three million the following year, four and a half million by 1955.
Television news, although physically separate from its radio counterpart, was still under radio news' control – correspondents provided reports for both outlets–and that first bulletin, shown on 5 July 1954 on the BBC television service and presented by Richard Baker, involved his providing narration off-screen while stills were shown. This was followed by the customary Television Newsreel with a recorded commentary by John Snagge, it was revealed that this had been due to producers fearing a newsreader with visible facial movements would distract the viewer from the story. On-screen newsreaders were introduced a year in 1955 – Kenneth Kendall, Robert Dougall, Richard Baker–three weeks before ITN's launch on 21 September 1955. Mainstream television production had started to move out of Alexandra Palace in 1950 to larger premises – at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd's Bush, west London – taking Current Affairs with it, it was from here that the first Panorama, a new documentary programme, was transmitted on 11 November 1953, with Richard Dimbleby becoming anchor in 1955.
On 18 February 1957, the topical early-evening programme Tonight, hosted by Cliff Michelmore and designed to fill the airtime provided by the abolition of the Toddlers' Truce, was broadcast from Marconi's Viking Studio in St Mary Abbott's Place, Kensington – with the programme moving into a Lime Grove studio in 1960, where it maintained its production office. On 28 October 1957, the Today programme, a morning radio programme, was launched in central London on the Home Service. In 1958, Hugh Carleton Greene became head of Current Affairs, he set up a BBC study group whose findings, published in 1959, were critical of what the television news operation had become under his predecessor, Tahu Hole. The report proposed that the head of television news should take control, that the television service should have a proper newsroom of its own, with an editor-of-the-day. On 1 January 1960, Greene became Director-General and brought about big changes at BBC Television and BBC Television News. BBC Television News had been created in 1955, in response to the founding of ITN.
The changes made by Greene were aimed at making BBC reporting more similar to ITN, rated by study groups held by Greene. A newsroom was created at Alexandra Palace, television reporters were recruited and given the opportunity to write and voice their own scripts–without the "impossible burden" of having to cover stories for radio too. In 1987 thirty years John B
Stephanie Victoria Allen, better known by her stage name Stefflon Don, is a British rapper and songwriter best known for her 2017 single "Hurtin' Me" featuring French Montana, which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2016, Don released her debut mixtape Real Ting, followed by another mixtape, Secure, in 2018. Don was born in England, she is of Jamaican descent. She has six siblings; when she was five years old, her family moved to Rotterdam, but at the age of fourteen, she returned to Britain to study at a London school. She worked as hairdresser before her career in music. Don first surfaced in 2015 by releasing a cover of Wretch 32’s "Six Words," and went on to be featured on tracks such as Lethal Bizzle's "Wobble," Sneakbo's "Work" remix and Angel's Hop On. Don made her first appearance on an American song with the track "London" by singer Jeremih, was featured on Lil Yachty's "Better" from the album Teenage Emotions. On 16 December 2016, Don released her first mixtape titled Real Ting.
In the spring of 2017, Don was signed to 54 London, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, created just for her. A few months she was featured on the dancehall track "Instruction" with Jax Jones and Demi Lovato; the trio performed. On 15 August 2017, she released the lead single "Hurtin' Me" with American rapper French Montana from her debut EP titled Hurtin' Me - The EP, which reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart; the EP was released on 12 January 2018. On 29 November, Don took home the award for Best Female at the 2017 MOBO Awards. In March 2018, Don appeared on the front cover of the final print edition in the 66-year run of NME. In March 2018, Don was featured on the remix for American singer Halsey's "Alone" along with American rapper Big Sean; the song peaked at 66 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first entry on the chart, earned Don her first Dance Club Songs number one. The music video was released on 6 April 2018. In March of 2019, Don was featured on the Mariah Carey remix for the song "A No No" from Mariah Careys 2018 album "Caution" In June 2018, Don was included in the XXL Freshman Class.
On 17 August 2018, Don released her second mixtape Secure. In March 2019 she collaborated with Wiley on the song "Boasty". Don was nominated at the 2018 BET Awards in the "Best International Act" Category
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans; the City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of the London Assembly. London is considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most visited, most expensive, sustainable, most investment friendly, most popular for work, the most vegetarian friendly city in the world. London exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism and transportation.
London ranks 26 out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centres and has either the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP, it is the most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic. It is the leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, its estimated mid-2016 municipal population was 8,787,892, the most populous of any city in the European Union and accounting for 13.4% of the UK population. London's urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
The population within the London commuter belt is the most populous in the EU with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016. London was the world's most populous city from c. 1831 to 1925. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries and sporting events; these include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. "London" is an ancient name, attested in the first century AD in the Latinised form Londinium. Over the years, the name has attracted many mythicising explanations; the earliest attested appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written around 1136. This had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
Modern scientific analyses of the name must account for the origins of the different forms found in early sources Latin, Old English, Welsh, with reference to the known developments over time of sounds in those different languages. It is agreed; this was adapted into Latin as Londinium and borrowed into Old English, the ancestor-language of English. The toponymy of the Common Brythonic form is much debated. A prominent explanation was Richard Coates's 1998 argument that the name derived from pre-Celtic Old European *lowonida, meaning "river too wide to ford". Coates suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London. However, most work has accepted a Celtic origin for the name, recent studies have favoured an explanation along the lines of a Celtic derivative of a proto-Indo-European root *lendh-, combined with the Celtic suffix *-injo- or *-onjo-. Peter Schrijver has suggested, on these grounds, that the name meant'place that floods'; until 1889, the name "London" applied to the City of London, but since it has referred to the County of London and Greater London.
"London" is sometimes written informally as "LDN". In 1993, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found on the south foreshore, upstream of Vauxhall Bridge; this bridge either reached a now lost island in it. Two of those timbers were radiocarbon dated to between 1750 BC and 1285 BC. In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to between 4800 BC and 4500 BC, were found on the Thames's south foreshore, downstream of Vauxhall Bridge; the function of the mesolithic structure is not known. Both structures are on the south bank. Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans about four years after the invasion
Sefton Park is a public park in south Liverpool, England. The park is in a district of the same name, located within the historic bounds of the large area of Toxteth Park. Neighbouring districts include modern-day Toxteth, Mossley Hill, Wavertree and St Michael's Hamlet; the park is 235 acres in area and is designated by English Heritage at Grade I in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The site of the park was once within the boundaries of the 2,300-acre Royal Deer Park of Toxteth which became "disparked" in 1591; the land came under the control of the Earl of Sefton. As Toxteth grew, the green fields and woodland of Toxteth Park grew into narrow streets and courts packed by tiny uninhabitable houses where the air was stagnant, there was little or no sanitation and running water consisted of one tap in the middle of the court. At the same time there was demand for large aristocratic mansions in the South of Liverpool. In 1862 the Borough Council Engineer recommended a site for this development.
The Public Works Act 1864 permitted corporations to borrow sums of money of up to half a million pounds to be repaid over thirty years. This allowed steps to be taken towards the purchase of land for Sefton Park. In 1867 the Council purchased 375 acres of land for the development of the park for £250,000 from the Earl of Sefton. Though it was recognised by politicians that clean, fresh open spaces were now regarded as necessity there was an outcry from the public that £250,000 was extravagant and wasteful; as with neighbouring Princes Park plots of land on the perimeter were sold for housing which helped in the funding of the layout of the park. Soon after, a European competition was launched to design a grand park. 29 entries were received and the competition was won by a French landscape architect Édouard André with work on the design undertaken by Liverpool architect Lewis Hornblower. The park was opened on 20 May 1872 by Prince Arthur who dedicated it "for the health and enjoyment of the townspeople".
The Park design is based on circular and marginal footpaths, framing the green spaces, with two natural watercourses flowing into the 7-acre man-made lake. Hornblower's designs for the park lodges and entrances were elaborate structures, included follies and boathouses; the parkland itself included a deer park and the strong water theme was reflected by the presence of pools and stepping stones. The Park, its exclusive villas and ornamentation reflected the grandeur of the City during its mid Victorian period when Liverpool was the second city of the Empire; the perimeter road's outer edge is lined with Victorian buildings constructed to around 1890, Edwardian houses. Additional development of the park continued with the construction of the iron bridge in 1873; the park had a gallops which led to it being nicknamed "the Hyde Park of the North" but was always referred to by locals as "The Jockey Sands". A major park improvement programme was undertaken in 1983 prior to the International Garden Festival, in 2013 Sefton Park was granted the prestigious Green Flag Award for high standards.
Sefton Park Cricket Club moved their ground to the park in 1876 and WG Grace was amongst the three Gloucestershire players who made up a "South of England" team who won there in 1877. The park has tennis courts, a bowling green, a popular jogging circuit and local league football is a regular weekend fixture, it is used every November to hold the European Cross Country Championships trial races for the British team. It makes up part of the route of various annual roads races including the Liverpool Half Marathon, Rock & Roll Marathon and Spring 10k; the park has been a site for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's summer pops season, Africa Oyé and the Moscow State Circus. Bands have played at the park in the'80s such as Echo and the Bunnymen. In 2005 the park received provisional approval for a major £5 million Heritage Lottery funded renovation project which involves the refurbishment and improvement of many of the park's features; the work began in June 2007 was expected to be completed in summer 2009.
This work was controversial with some regular users of the park as it included destroying trees and breeding sites of birds. The work led to the formation of the "Friends of Sefton Park" campaigns; this is a Grade II* three-tier dome conservatory palm house designed and built by MacKenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh which opened in 1896. Liverpool millionaire Henry Yates Thompson gifted £10,000 to the city to fund the construction, it was designed in the tradition of Joseph Paxton's glass houses and was stocked with a rich collection of exotic plants. During the Liverpool Blitz of May 1941 a bomb shattered the glass, it was reglazed in 1950 at a cost of £6,163 with costs covered by War Restoration funds. A period of decline and deterioration culminated in its closure in the 1980s on grounds of safety. In June 1992, a public meeting was held calling for restoration. A petition was presented to the City Council by. A public fund raising campaign was established, with a "sponsor a pane" programme generating over £35,000.
This led directly to the conversion of Save the Palm House into a registered charity. The Palm House was repaired and reopened in 1993, it was restored at a cost of £3.5 million with Heritage Lottery and European funding and reopened in September 2001. It is now both a popular visitor attraction offering free and paid-for public entertainment and is venue for hire; the eight'corners' of the Palm
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Jeffrey Allen Townes, known professionally as DJ Jazzy Jeff or Jazz, is an American record producer, DJ, actor and comedian, best known for his friendship and collaboration with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Jeffrey Allen Townes was born on January 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early on, he developed a reputation and a following as a school and Block party DJ, he was ten years old when he first became interested in being a DJ. He told author Paul Stenning, "At summer time block parties I wouldn't be the one dancing, I sat where the DJ was set up, watching him; when I would go to other block parties in other neighborhoods I was still infatuated with the DJ. He was the guy. You might not have known his face, you might not have known his name but he was the guy that made everyone move."He took the stage name DJ Jazzy Jeff and was one half of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince along with Will Smith. The group received the first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989 for "Parents Just Don't Understand", though their most successful single was "Summertime" which earned the group their second Grammy and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When Smith branched out into television with the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jazzy Jeff played a recurring character named Jazz, Smith's best friend on the show. In the early seasons, the two characters always greeted each other with their signature handshake. A recurring joke throughout the show's run involved the character being physically ejected from the house by Uncle Phil, using the same footage for comedic effect. One of the first records DJ Jazzy Jeff appeared on was with The Korner Boyz "Bust The Move and The Soga of Roxanne", which featured legendary Philadelphia rapper, MC Parry P and Grand Tone; the Instrumental was called "Jazzy Jeff Scratch". DJ Jazzy Jeff along with DJ Cash Money is credited with making the transformer scratch famous; as a duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince had several gold and platinum-selling albums and singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, earning them the first rap Grammy Award presented in 1989 for "Parents Just Don't Understand."At the time of winning the Grammy Award DJ Jazzy Jeff came home crying as he had just $500 in the bank.
They won a second Grammy for "Summertime". After DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince broke up, Townes went on to become a prominent R&B, neo soul record producer, establishing the A Touch of Jazz production company in his native Philadelphia. Among the artists that Jazzy Jeff has helped develop are Eric Roberson, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, The Roots, Darius Rucker, Talib Kweli, Floetry and many more. Though he separated from Will Smith as a music partner, they are still friends, work together; some songs by Smith were produced by Townes, he has performed on some songs by Smith such as "So Fresh" and "Potnas." In addition, he appeared in several of Smith's music videos such as "Will2K" and "Freakin' It". On some occasions, he made appearances with Smith at live concerts. On July 2, 2005, DJ Jazzy Jeff performed with Smith at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia. Moreover, Smith acknowledges him in his music such as "Comin' To The Stage" from the album Lost and Found and "Potnas" from his album Willennium.
His 2007 release The Return of the Magnificent featured numerous collaborations with old school and new school artists including CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Pos from De La Soul, Method Man, Peedi Peedi and Raheem DeVaughn. In 2007, he appeared with Rhymefest in a video directed by Konee Rok, in which he makes music in his home recording studio with Rhymefest. In 2008, Townes performed with Smith at the premiere of the latter's 2008 film Hancock. In 2009, he made a mixtape titled He's the King... I'm the DJ in honor of the late entertainer Michael Jackson. Townes was featured in the video game DJ Hero as a playable character, he has some original mixes in the game. In 2010, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick teamed up to release "Summertime: The Mixtape" series; the mixes are released every summer. In 2013, DJ Jazzy Jeff performed with Will Smith on the Graham Norton Show; that same year, DJ Jazzy Jeff released Vinyl Destination, a web series documenting his hundred plus DJ shows from all around the world. He appeared as the lead interview in Paul Stenning's book, Success - By Those Who've Made It.
In 2015, he performed the scratch overdubs for the film Straight Outta Compton. In August 2017, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith performed 2 shows in Europe: MTV Summerblast Music Festival in Croatia and Livewire festival in Blackpool. Unreleased album from Sony Records One cut in Battle of DJs The Magnificent Soulheaven Presents Jazzy Jeff in the House Hip-Hop Forever II The Soul Mixtape Hip-Hop Forever III The Return of The Magnificent EP The Return of the Magnificent #55 US The Return of Hip Hop EP House of Tribes My Faves Volume 1 DJ Jazzy Jeff presents: Jeff's in the House Vol. 1 What Happens in Vegas LRG Life Colors M3 Rock the House #83 US.
Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat, is an English MC, rapper and record producer from Bow, East London. He is regarded as a key figure in the creation of grime music and labelled the "Godfather of Grime". Wiley first tasted success as a member of UK garage crew Pay As U Go, with whom he had a top 40 hit, "Champagne Dance" in 2001. In the early 2000s, he independently released a series of influential eskibeat instrumentals on white label vinyl, most notably the first in the series "Eskimo" and rose to fame as a grime MC both for his solo work and for material released with his crew Roll Deep. Wiley has continued to make grime music while releasing mainstream singles, such as the UK Singles Chart top 10 hits "Wearing My Rolex", "Never Be Your Woman" and his UK number-one "Heatwave". In March 2016, Wiley announced; the album was released on 13 January 2017 and entered at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Wiley's highest-charting album of his career.
On 16 February 2017, Wiley won an "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award by NME for the album. Wiley is considered a pioneer in the British underground music scene with a prolific work rate and a versatile music artist with many crossover hits, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Music. Cowie was born on 19 January 1979 in East London, he is of Jamaican descent. Cowie's father, Richard Cowie Senior was a reggae artist during Cowie's youth in the 1980s and introduced Cowie to early hip-hop such as The Sugarhill Gang. Cowie's interest in music began. Cowie moved around London a lot as a child with his father before moving to Chatham, Kent to live with his grandmother when he was ten. Cowie spent a year in Chatham and described it as a bad time, saying "I just wanted to go and live with my dad. I felt abandoned." Cowie moved back to Bow to live with his father when he was eleven years old. When Cowie was a teenager in the early-1990s, he began to sell crack heroin.
Cowie was introduced to drug dealing from a DJ friend, making a lot of money at the time. Cowie stopped dealing drugs when a local drug dealer, much older than him began to threaten him and his friend. Cowie began producing music. Cowie started as a DJ and began rapping, incorporating garage music and drum and bass into his produced instrumentals which led to the creation of the first grime beats such as "Eskimo", he broadcast his productions over pirate radio stations such as Rinse FM. Though Cowie stopped selling drugs, he still associated with criminal gangs and associated with people that took part in criminal activities; this led to Wiley being involved in many situations. One of these situations were when Cowie's friend had solicited money from someone following a drug deal though the money never was paid, Cowie argued with the person who owed his friend money and Cowie was ambushed when attending a show; the confrontation led to Cowie being stabbed seven times. Several weeks the same people attacked Cowie outside of a sports retail store, which led to Cowie dying in a hospital in Hammersmith.
Cowie has been stabbed more than twenty times in his lifetime and has been in numerous other life-threatening situations including being chased by a man with a samurai sword and being shot at with shotguns. As a teenager, Wiley featured on pirate radio stations such as drum and bass stations. In 2000, Wiley went from SS Crew to join The Ladies Hit Squad, a garage crew with his college friends DJ Target and MC Maxwell D, they achieved some success on the UK garage scene and soon decided to combine with rival crew Pay As U Go to become a'super crew' containing members of Ladies Hit Squad, as well as DJ Slimzee, DJ Geeneus and MCs Major Ace and Plague A Lero from Brown Brothers whom Wiley deejayed for. God's Gift from Deck Collecters Crew, Flow Dan and Riko Dan joined soon after. In 2002, the collective achieved a top 20 hit with "Champagne Dance". Wiley received wide recognition in 2000 for his UK garage record "Nicole's Groove" which he produced under the stage name, Phaze One. After Pay As U Go disbanded, Wiley went on to form the Roll Deep entourage, which included Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder.
They moved away from a traditional UK garage sound, found themselves creating music that would be termed grime. From 2001 onwards, Wiley began producing instrumental singles on his Wiley Kat Recordings label; the most famous ones are the "Eskimo", "Avalanche", "Ice Rink" and "Snowman". These led to a solo record deal with XL Recordings. Wiley secretly produced an unreleased instrumental named "Right Under Their Noses" in 2002, which came into the limelight during an interview with Pan TV's Harry Riley. In 2004, Wiley released his debut album, Treddin' on Thin Ice on XL. Singles from the album include "Wot Do U Call It?", a record questioning what name should be given to his music, "Pies". Many reviews, including that by Pitchfork Media, made comparisons between Wiley and his previous labelmate Dizzee Rascal, who had achieved success with Boy in Da Corner the previous year. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian noted. At the other extreme, it is favoured by inner-city teens who
Elliot John Gleave, better known by his stage name Example, is an English musician, singer and record producer. His name arose due to his initials being E. G., an abbreviation of the Latin phrase exempli gratia. Example first found success with the release of his second studio album, Won't Go Quietly, which peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number one on the UK Dance Chart. and followed his debut album "What We Made", hip-hop influenced due to Example only knowing a hip-hop record producer at the time. The album had two top 10 singles, "Won't Go Quietly" and "Kickstarts", his third album Playing in the Shadows was released on 4 September 2011. The album topped the charts with two number one singles, "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" and "Stay Awake", his fourth album, The Evolution of Man was released on 19 November 2012 and peaked at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number one on the UK Dance Chart. Since The Evolution of Man, Example has released the lead single from his next album, entitled "All the Wrong Places", produced by Alfie Bamford and co-produced by Example and Steve Hill.
It was the first song to be released through Epic Records and did so on 8 September 2013 peaking at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. "Kids Again", was released on 16 March 2014 and hit number 13 in the UK Single's charts. The fifth album, Live Life Living, was released on 7 July 2014; as of 2014 he was the third most downloaded artist in the Dance Music category, after Cascada. Speaking in an interview for Australian television in 2013, Example referenced that he "might do music for another five years and would like to move into film directing". Elliot John Gleave was born at West London Hospital in Hammersmith to Michael Gleave. In a 2012 interview with The Guardian, he said that "I was diagnosed with Asperger's when I was younger. I was amazing with numbers, I had a photographic memory, I hated reading fiction, preferring books on nature and history. All symptoms of mild autism." He has a younger sister, named Elise. He went on to attend ADT College in Putney. Example has claimed in interviews that the main reason he started rapping was due to his introduction to hip-hop through albums by Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg – the latter's album purchased for "the cool cover art", to the fact that he was not good at any sports, so started rapping to fit in socially.
His first experience of rapping was through a rap battle at a house party in Shepherd's Bush in 1994, when he was 12 years old. In that battle, he, in his own words, "completely destroyed a useless wanker and a fight broke out so sprinted home". Gleave went on to study BA Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating in 2003, it was during this period that he met Joseph Gardner, AKA Rusher, the producer whom he would go on to work with during his time releasing tracks independently through his All The Chats imprint, on Mike Skinner's label The Beats. Gleave and Gardner made a concept album in the audio booth of the University film department, he returned to the UK and became a voiceover artist and editor for the Paramount Comedy Channel working as an editor at MTV Networks. After releasing three singles through his own label "All The Chats", including the original 7" version of "I Don't Want To" in January 2006, Example received attention from Pete Tong, Zane Lowe and others at Radio 1.
After signing a deal in April 2006 with The Beats, Example put out a response to Lily Allen's number one hit "Smile" entitled "Vile" and received Radio 1 airplay from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley and Chris Moyles. His first'proper' release on The Beats was "What We Made" in November 2006, the video for, filmed in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Example's second official Beats single entitled "You Can't Rap" was released in March 2007, followed by a re-release of "I Don't Want To" on 11 June 2007. "I Don't Want To" was followed by the single "So Many Roads" which turned out to be the opening track on Example's full-length studio debut. After the demise of The Beats label at the end of 2007 Example self-released his next single "Me + Mandy" on 10 March 2008 through his original imprint All The Chats; the video for "Me + Mandy" was shot over four days and nights in London, in over 30 locations with over 40 extras. This was done at a cost of just £1000, it was directed by Example's friend Henry Scholfield who made the promos for "Who Needs Sunshine?", "Vile", "You Can't Rap" and "I Don't Want To".
In February 2008 Example tried his hand at stand-up comedy as part of BBC2's The Culture Show. Mentored by English comic Richard Herring, Example spent six weeks writing and practising his own stand-up routine which culminated in his first stand-up show in front of 60 paying customers in a Covent Garden pub. A week he appeared on the bill under Richard Herring, Phill Jupitus and Harry Hill at the Lyric Hammersmith – Example had performed in the same venue ten years earlier whilst a student at ADT College Example made his first chart appearance in September 2009, when he released "Watch the Sun Come Up" as the lead single from his second album Won't Go Quietly through Data Records; the single debuted at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was followed by a release of "Won't Go Quietly", released on 18 January 2010; the single debuted at numb