Christian’s mix of irreverent comedy, music and calls with famous listeners has brought him three Sony awards. Onstage he’s also a slick standup.


Christian O'Connell is a radio and TV presenter best known as the host of Absolute Radio’s weekday breakfast show, one of the most popular shows on national commercial radio. He’s also a regular presenter on Sky and ITV.

First coming to public attention as a presenter on London’s indie music station XFm, Christian’s brand of irreverent comedy, listener interaction, interviews and music brought him three Sony Radio Awards, including Breakfast Show of the Year. The Guardian labelled him ‘the new Chris Evans’.

Although foremost a radio talent, Christian has been involved in a variety of TV projects. He hosted Channel 5's Live With..., replacing Chris Moyles, Sky One’s Sunday Service, and ITV4’s World Cuppa. He’s also appeared on The Weakest Link, Loose Women and Ready Steady Cook, and presented and commentated on mixed martial arts (MMA). As well as his presenting work Christian has recently taken to the standup stage and his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show Breaking Dad has been a hit in the comedy clubs around the UK.

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JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH