Lynn Bowles Biography
Lynn Bowles is a British broadcaster and a former traffic reporter for BBC Radio. She was born in January 1963 in Splott, Cardiff, Wales. Her father, Cliff, was a marine engineer and her mother, Josephine, a housewife. She was born as the youngest of three siblings.
She attended St Hilda’s School, a boarding school in Somerset, and then Llanishen High School in Rudry (near Caerphilly), before getting a university degree in Coventry. After university, Lynn worked in New Orleans for a TV station, then returned to the UK in the early 1990s and struggled to find a job. Eventually she was hired by radio station LBC as a traffic reporter, working on Richard Littlejohn’s show.
She worked on BBC Radio 5 Live’s John Inverdale Nationwide show for eight years. Then in 2000 she secured her traffic presenter job on BBC Radio 2 working alongside Ken Bruce, a Scottish DJ, who remains there to this day. Since 2012, she has been presenting her own shows on BBC Radio Wales and she will continue to host her Sunday live show on on BBC Radio Wales from 2pm.
Lynn Bowles Age
She was born on 27 January 1963 in Splott, Cardiff, Wales, as the youngest of three children of Cliff Bowles and Josephine. She is 55 years old as of 2018.
Lynn Bowles Height
She stands at 5 feet 8 inches (1.76 m).
Lynn Bowles Husband – is Lynn Bowles Married
She is unmarried.
Lynn Bowles Partner – is Lynn Bowles in a Relationship
She is very private and it is not known whether or not she in a relationship.
Lynn Bowles Salary
In 2017, her salary was revealed to be in the £41k-50k bracket.
Lynn Bowles Land Rover
Bowles learnt to drive in a Land Rover and became a mascot for the marque after competing in the 2004 run of the Macmillan 4×4 UK Challenge and co-presenting the Heritage Motor Centre Land Rover show from 2005 to 2010.
In the August 2013 issue of Land Rover Owner international magazine Bowles was a guest columnist ‘for one month only’ discussing her childhood experiences in Land Rovers and her time training for the Camel Trophy.
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Lynn Bowles leaves BBC Radio 2 – with a Land Rover
Long-standing BBC Radio 2 travel presenter Lynn Bowles has left the network, with an honorary degree and a Land Rover from Chris Evans.
Bowles announced earlier this month she would be leaving the station after 18 years of providing traffic news for Evans, Ken Bruce and other presenters.
Listeners to Evans’s show heard Bowles receive an honorary degree from Coventry University, her alma mater.
Her final BBC Radio 2 appearance was on Bruce’s show later on Thursday.
Other gifts she received during Evans’s breakfast programme included a cake shaped like a 4×4 poised on a rocky road made of chocolate.
Yet Evans topped that by presenting her with a set of keys to an actual Land Rover parked outside BBC Radio 2’s Wogan House headquarters.
“The thing is Lynn, it was quite nice working with you,” said Evans, telling her “the door was always open” to a future return.
There were more farewells later from Ken Bruce, who “said goodbye properly” to Bowles with an audio compilation of her “best bits”.
“We’re going to miss you terribly,” said Bruce, who worked with Bowles for the full 18 years of her tenure.
The presenter tearfully signed off by saying she was “very very grateful to everyone I’ve worked with and to everyone who’s listened”.
Cardiff-born Bowles will continue to present her Sunday afternoon programme on BBC Radio Wales.
Lynn Bowles reveals REAL reason she’s quitting BBC Radio 2
Radio 2 presenter Lynn Bowles said tiredness and a heavy workload contributed to her decision to quit the BBC radio show after serving as a travel reporter for 18 years.
The 55-year-old has been a regular on BBC Radio 2 since 2000 and also works at BBC Radio Wales on a Sunday.
However, the early morning starts and busy work schedule contributed to her decision to leave the breakfast show.
She said: “Having done very early mornings for so long, I’m just a bit tired. And I’m fully aware that lots of people do really early mornings.
“I get that because I’m there on air with them. But one does not have an infinite life. I want to do other things.”
Speaking about her other work commitments, she told Radio Times: “I also work at BBC Radio Wales on a Sunday. It was just getting a bit much, to be honest.”
But it’s not just the stress of the job that influenced her decision, as she admitted health concerns also played a part.
She said: “I’ve had things happen to a lot of friends recently. And friends of friends. Mostly men in their 40s and 50s who were perfectly fine and then suddenly: brain tumours, cancer, strokes.
“I got a call from a friend about a man I used to work with. He was a lawyer in his 40s who had a stroke. It was an epiphany.”
Terry Wogan once dubbed Lynn the “Totty from Spotty” (Splott is in Cardiff, near where she was born).
“It was just how we were on that show,” she said. “It was entirely innocent. I took it in good part because I was very young in comparison to the fellows on there.
“It was dearly meant and they treated me like a younger sister.”
As well as working with the legendary entertainer, Lynn has also worked with Ken Bruce, Chris Evans and Richard Littlejohn. Yet, it was her exchanges with Richard that made her popular with viewers.
“He would say things to me on air and I wasn’t flummoxed by anything,” she said. “I would answer back. A BBC producer heard that and wanted me to talk like that with John Inverdale. I’ve got a smart mouth.”
Earlier this month Lynn announced online that she was leaving BBC Radio 2, tweeting: “Taps mic Hello is this on? I have a small announcement. After 275 years at @bbcradio2 I am leaving.
“There is not enough space here to say everything I would wish.
“Apart, of course, from my debt of gratitude to the BBC and all those with whom I have worked.”
Lynn, who is planning on “moving the centre of gravity from south London back to Wales”, will continue to present her Sunday show on BBC Radio Wales.