Phil Hebblethwaite grew up in London, and studied English and American literature as an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia and University of California, Berkeley, before completing the journalism post-graduate course at City University. He had since spent his 17-year career working as a music journalist and editor of music-based publications.
In 2005, he co-founded The Stool Pigeon newspaper, acting as its editor-in-chief and publisher. Over an eight-year period, it grew from an initial run of 10,000 copies distributed across southern England to become fully national title with an ABC-certified circulation of 55,000 – considerably more than rival publications like NME. It won many awards for its journalism and was the subject of a BBC One documentary in 2007, presented by Suggs from Madness. Two spin-off books, both edited by Phil, were published to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2010 – Grace Under Pressure and We Need You Lazzaro, You Lazy, Greasy Bastard.
On closing The Stool Pigeon in 2013, Phil worked as Acting Features Editor for NME, as well as freelancing for The Guardian,Vice and The Quietus. In 2015, he joined the BBC as full-time contractor, working as the editor/senior writer of online articles for BBC Music and BBC Proms.
In January 2019, Phil was asked to become the commissioner and project manager of a series of music-journalism podcasts for BBC Sounds. Those seven podcasts will go live on the app later this year.
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