Broadcaster Derek Jameson dies at 82

Thursday September 13, 2012

Veteran broadcaster Derek Jameson has died at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack.

Born in poverty in the East End of London, Derek grew up as an orphan in a children's home.

Rising from his impoverished beginning, he started working on Fleet Street at the age of 14 as a messenger boy, and worked through the ranks to edit the Daily Express, the Daily Star and the News of the World.

Sacked by media mogul Rupert Murdoch after an unresolved spat, Derek then worked for many years on Radio 2 breakfast show Do They Mean Us?

Radio 2 executive producer Gary Bones said: "Derek was not only a unique broadcaster and Fleet Street legend but also a really nice, kind and generous man who always knew exactly how to tap into the mood of the nation at the time."

As presenter of the Radio 2 breakfast show, Derek attracted a daily audience of nearly 10 million listeners

He went on to host the Monday to Thursday late-night show, The Jamesons, along with his wife, and in 1988 he began presenting the BBC One television show People.

He had his own nightly chat show on Sky TV called Jameson Tonight.

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