The Drive Live Team
Informative storytelling, intelligent debate and easy entertainment… Drive Live aims to fulfill each of these objectives, acting as the ideal accompaniment to your drive home. With a mixture of local news, business, and sport, Natalie and Tim add international relevance to events taking place on your doorstep, providing crucial context to local content. Each afternoon the show addresses the real issues impacting listeners’ lives, with plenty of interaction to stimulate discussion on topical trends. Whether pondering the price of schooling, regulating real estate or predicting the result of the latest Premier League match, Drive Live ensures the conversation remains relevant. Additional features, interviews and live reports allow the team to provide full coverage of all of the UAE’s key events. Natalie and Tim’s easy on-air banter means it is serious when it’s called for, in-depth when necessary and fun where appropriate.
Tim Elliott is a journalist and broadcaster and has worked as a music and news radio presenter in his native London, the south of England and the UAE – since 1989.
Having spent the noughties working in financial media, based in Dubai, he made the switch back to radio in 2010… and now presents Dubai Eye’s ‘Drive Live’ show.
He’s trying hard to avoid employing too much management speak on the programme (he readily admits to not understanding words of more than two syllables) and is immensely proud of his Christmas list of Richard Dean’s favourite stock phrases and corporate mumbo jumbo.
In his spare time, Tim is essentially an unpaid chauffeur driving his Celtic-crazy son to football matches or his nine, going on 30, year old daughter to netball or gymnastics.
An old school music fan Tim cherishes the days when boxes and boxes of records ruled his life. He boasts a CD and mp3 collection that runs into the hundreds of thousands and still collects early 70s US funk.
Natalie was born in Manchester to British and Jamaican parents. Before moving to Dubai Natalie worked exclusively for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) across the UK. She joined the BBC in 2005 as a researcher on the Politics Show whilst studying for a Politics degree. It was here her love of broadcasting blossomed and she began a post graduate journalism course.
Her reporting career began in radio where she travelled across Europe covering stories such as the Calais migrant crisis and later became a regional Television Correspondent for the BBC in Northern Ireland where she spent the last ten years.
Always willing to go the extra mile to get to the heart of a story she worked as regular presenter and reporter for news and current affairs covering Royal visits, business news, murder cases, complex court cases as well as features and live events. She has also presented Sports bulletins for the BBC Network news channel.
Natalie maintains a keen interest in news and sport. Beyond her broadcasting and journalism duties, Natalie was a member of the African and Caribbean Support Northern Ireland (ACSONI) and through the organisation was a regular host of seminars and workshops.
Outside of work Natalie has a real passion for food, whether cooking at home or visiting restaurants across Dubai. Her other great love is travel and she has an ever growing list of places to visit.