David Hamilton (broadcasting)

David Hamilton (Broadcasting)

David Hamilton (broadcasting)

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David Hamilton (born David Pilditch 10 September 1938) is a British radio presenter. Since his broadcasting career began in 1959, Hamilton has hosted over 12,000 radio shows and more than 1,000 TV shows. He is usually known as 'Diddy David Hamilton' which was a name given to him by the successful British comedian Ken Dodd.

Early life

Hamilton was born in Manchester in 1938 as David Pilditch. He adopted his mother's maiden name as a showbusiness name.

He attended Glastonbury Road Grammar School at St. Helier in Surrey, until aged 17.

TV career

On leaving school Hamilton became a script-writer for the TV series, Portrait of a Star.

In 1960 he became an in-vision television announcer for ABC TV based in Manchester and appeared with Ken Dodd in the TV series, Doddy's Music Box, acquiring the nickname, 'Diddy'. Throughout the Sixties he hosted shows for the Tyne Tees, Anglia and Westward Television companies.

He joined the new Thames as an announcer in 1968, subsequently hosting many shows for them including Miss TV Times, TV Times Gala Awards, The World Disco Dance Championships, as well as many outside broadcasts, circus and sports shows. He appeared alongside comedians Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper and hosted Thames TV's showcase weeks on television in New York and Los Angeles. Later he hosted ATV's Saturday night series, Up For The Cup, and four series of ITV's Hangman-style game show, All Clued Up.

For BBC TV he compered Top of the Pops and Seaside Special and in 1986 the......
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