Clive Malcolm Griffiths, Sussex born (to a musical family), Suffolk educated (in Dickensian style) and Kent graduated (in Canterbury plateglass philosophy) landed on Italy’s shores with a history of catering and teaching after leaving his restaurant in the Olde City of Canterbury.
Clive is a radio and TV presenter, author and producer in Italy.
Gained notoriety as founding veejay of Videomusic, the first television in Europe and the only one in Italy dedicated 24 hours a day to a specific theme: music. Born at the time of the advent of promotional music videos aka videoclips, Videomusic broadcast “The Tube”, “London Calling”, “Rapido”, produced its own programmes and promoted and filmed concerts (Talk Talk, Psychedelic Furs, Spandau Ballet, Lotus Eaters, Sting and Gil Evans, Hothouse Flowers,
Nirvana and many Italian bands and artists). Videomusic was a partner in Live Aid, Nelson Mandela Day, the world’s first music video festival, the Cannes Midem Festival events and exchanged programmes with newly born music channels like Sky in London, Match Music in Canada and M6 in France and the pan European Superchannel.
Videomusic changed the musical tastes in Italy and for the first time since the sixties in Italy the charts were dominated by British and American artists.
As well as presenting (with guests like Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Eurythmics and Ronnie Wood) Clive produced various programmes as well as organizing Italy’s first hard rock festival.
Clive and Videomusic promoted campaigns for human rights (Amnesty International), animal rights (Lynx, Animal Amnesty, WWF and anti fur and corrida organizations as well as environmental awareness (Greenpeace, recycling campaigns, Amazonia). That was the eighties.
Clive has also presented programmes on English and American culture and language on the national networks Italia 1, Telemontecarlo and Stream.
Canadian owned Sans Sauci beer engaged Clive as their TV and Radio testimonial in the nineties.
In 1998 a year as a hyena in the first series of a TV programme (Le Iene, Italia 1) halfway between entertainment and aggressive journalism and Clive’s “victims” were Keanu Reeves, Brigitte Bardot, Cindy Crawford, Mr Bean, Charlize Theron and Nobel prize winner Dario Fo.
Since 1999 Clive has dedicated his time and energy to radio writing, presenting and producing progammes.
Clive presented Monte Carlo Nights, 3 hours of chill out, lounge, acid jazz and world music with contributions from Gilles Peterson Worldwide and Ministry of Sound. Live in studio with Clive? Norah Jones, Lodovico Einaudi, Hooverphonic. On air every evening until midnight on Radio Monte Carlo until 2003.
A radio programme that mixes extracts of up to six well known songs that contain the same word or expression? The result is a fun English lesson with the world’s greatest teachers, such as Sting, Madonna, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and Black Eyed Peas. Putting to good (linguistic) use those lyrics and phrases we hear every day and enabling us to speak English better! All this is called Speak Easy.
First broadcast 3 times a day on Radio Deejay, Italy’s most popular private radio, with the title WORD A DAY (a word a day keeps the teacher away) and since 2001 as SPEAK EASY on Italy’s oldest private network, broadcasting from the Principality of Monaco, Radio Monte Carlo.
Speak Easy has become a cult programme with spinoffs in publishing (2 series of CDs and books with Italy’s most popular family weekly, Famiglia Cristiana and the daily newspapers Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport with DVD), teacher formation courses, live shows in historic squares and academic institutions like the Bocconi Institute in Milan and a tour of schools for over 250000 students.
Clive has also organized the first European festival of eroticism, Erotica, in Bologna and a planetary festival of global awareness, Ecologica, in Florence.
And there you have it!