Radio 1’s silence for Diddy
BBC RADIO 1 is making a song and dance about its 50th anniversary celebrations, with an all-star line-up of DJs past and present.
But there’s radio silence for veteran broadcaster David Hamilton, despite him being one of the station’s original presenters. The diminutive DJ, nicknamed ‘Diddy’ by Ken Dodd, has been left off the Radio 1 Vintage Schedule this month.
Hamilton, 79, reckons he’s been snubbed because of his tell-all book, which came out in June. The memoir, called The Golden Days Of Radio One: Hotshots, Big Shots And Potshots, exposes the egos and rivalries between its star presenters, including Tony Blackburn’s allegedly strained relationships with Simon Bates, Noel Edmonds and John Peel.
‘I can only assume my exclusion has something to do with my book,’ says Hamilton.
‘If that is the case, the point of the book has been missed, as it is supposed to be a celebration of the station that I was so proud to work for.’