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Ribcage - Derek Jameson (Official Music Video)
Ribcage - Derek Jameson (Official Music Video)
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
The Sun (newspaper) Derek Jameson advert 1980s
The Sun (newspaper) Derek Jameson advert 1980s
Published: 2008/02/13
Channel: atariman1988
Kiri Te Kanawa - Wogan 1986 (Derek Jameson)
Kiri Te Kanawa - Wogan 1986 (Derek Jameson)
Published: 2015/08/14
Channel: KiriOnLine - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Derek Jameson    last journey
Derek Jameson last journey
Published: 2012/09/25
Channel: 2dogimaging
Allen Carr with Derek Jameson
Allen Carr with Derek Jameson
Published: 2007/04/30
Channel: allencarrseasyway
Derek Jameson: "Put Your Money" @ Sassy!
Derek Jameson: "Put Your Money" @ Sassy!
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: SASSY WEHO
Derek Jameson Just Don
Derek Jameson Just Don't Walk Away
Published: 2012/04/25
Channel: Veronica Lombo
Radio 2 goes to FM 1990 trailer
Radio 2 goes to FM 1990 trailer
Published: 2012/08/27
Channel: whyayetv
Derek Jameson and Jeffrey Archer  - Thames News - Least Boring speaker of the year
Derek Jameson and Jeffrey Archer - Thames News - Least Boring speaker of the year
Published: 2012/09/13
Channel: ThamesTv
We
We'll Be Boys Official Music Video by Derek Jameson
Published: 2013/05/19
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Just don
Just don't walk away CD version by Derek Jameson
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: sweetguy1820
Derek Jameson - Live @ Cherry Pop in Los Angeles, CA
Derek Jameson - Live @ Cherry Pop in Los Angeles, CA
Published: 2012/06/05
Channel: allincapsproductions
Wayne Dobson on SKY TV Magic Trick with Derek Jameson Shane Ritchie
Wayne Dobson on SKY TV Magic Trick with Derek Jameson Shane Ritchie
Published: 2012/01/18
Channel: Totally Magic
Anywhere - Derek Jameson
Anywhere - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
The Lessons - Derek Jameson (Official Music Video)
The Lessons - Derek Jameson (Official Music Video)
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Anywhere - Derek Jameson
Anywhere - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Disappear - Derek Jameson
Disappear - Derek Jameson
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson - Ribcage (Bloody Mary Legend Returns) I do not own the rights
Derek Jameson - Ribcage (Bloody Mary Legend Returns) I do not own the rights
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: Ke Sai
Control - Derek Jameson
Control - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson -  Ribcage (Bloody Mary 3D)
Derek Jameson - Ribcage (Bloody Mary 3D)
Published: 2013/12/12
Channel: Horst Langer
Ribcage (Future Tribe Mix) - Derek Jameson
Ribcage (Future Tribe Mix) - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Ribcage - Derek Jameson
Ribcage - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson Submission Video.m4v
Derek Jameson Submission Video.m4v
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
'Find You (Bateeza Remix)' by Derek Jameson
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Heaven Emeli Sande Cover by Derek Jameson
Heaven Emeli Sande Cover by Derek Jameson
Published: 2013/01/15
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson live in SF
Derek Jameson live in SF
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: Francis Saludares
Derek Jameson live
Derek Jameson live
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
I.TIME Derek Jameson 2015 Tour Promo
I.TIME Derek Jameson 2015 Tour Promo
Published: 2016/01/31
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson
Derek Jameson
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Human Ostrich
XO Beyonce Cover by Derek Jameson
XO Beyonce Cover by Derek Jameson
Published: 2014/01/05
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson — Exploding Stars (2011 Dance/Pop)
Derek Jameson — Exploding Stars (2011 Dance/Pop)
Published: 2011/08/22
Channel: retrorhythms
I Should Know Better by Derek Jameson
I Should Know Better by Derek Jameson
Published: 2013/10/07
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Control by Derek Jameson Promo Video
Control by Derek Jameson Promo Video
Published: 2013/09/09
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson
Derek Jameson
Published: 2007/01/08
Channel: nikkicherie06
Crowns (Promo Music Video) - Derek Jameson
Crowns (Promo Music Video) - Derek Jameson
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson & Rachel Lauren Ribcage Duet (part 2)
Derek Jameson & Rachel Lauren Ribcage Duet (part 2)
Published: 2012/04/25
Channel: Veronica Lombo
Derek Jameson Performing "View From a Airplane" at Toy Box
Derek Jameson Performing "View From a Airplane" at Toy Box
Published: 2011/05/26
Channel: Matt G
Derek Jameson live at House of Blues
Derek Jameson live at House of Blues
Published: 2013/08/25
Channel: Francis Saludares
Planned Accident - Derek Jameson
Planned Accident - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Put Your Money - Derek Jameson
Put Your Money - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
I Would Run (Breaking Bones) - Derek Jameson
I Would Run (Breaking Bones) - Derek Jameson
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Wayne Dobson on SKY TV Magic Trick with Derek Jameson Shane Ritchie
Wayne Dobson on SKY TV Magic Trick with Derek Jameson Shane Ritchie
Published: 2013/04/13
Channel: TheMagicVideoChannel
Derek Jameson
Derek Jameson's "Put Your Money" Live in San Francisco 7/23/11
Published: 2011/07/26
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson performs I Would Run
Derek Jameson performs I Would Run
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: The Crib SF
Mr Soldier Man -  Acoustic Derek Jameson
Mr Soldier Man - Acoustic Derek Jameson
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry Cover by Derek Jameson
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry Cover by Derek Jameson
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Jameson Tonight Walk Ons 1
Jameson Tonight Walk Ons 1
Published: 2008/10/06
Channel: mediakeyne
Derek Jameson "I
Derek Jameson "I'll Let You" Live at Bar Lubitsch
Published: 2012/10/04
Channel: Derek Jameson Music
Derek Jameson live at House of Blues 2
Derek Jameson live at House of Blues 2
Published: 2013/08/25
Channel: Francis Saludares
Derek Jameson Sings @ Tony
Derek Jameson Sings @ Tony's Cabaret!
Published: 2011/07/05
Channel: TonysCabaretShow
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Derek Jameson
Derek jameson.jpg
Jameson in 2008
Born (1929-11-29)29 November 1929
Hackney, London, England
Died 12 September 2012(2012-09-12) (aged 82)[1]
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist, and after dinner speaker
Spouse(s)
  • Jackie (1st)
  • Pauline (2nd)
  • Ellen Petrie (3rd)
Children 3 sons, 1 daughter

Derek Jameson (29 November 1929 – 12 September 2012)[1] was an English tabloid journalist and broadcaster.

Beginning his career in the media at the lowest possible level in 1944 at Reuters, he worked his way up to become the editor of several British tabloid newspapers in the 1970s and 1980s. Later, he was a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 2 for nearly a decade and a half, including an on-air partnership with Ellen, his third wife, and he became a familiar television personality.

He was described, when his profile was at its highest, as "the second most famous man in Britain - after Prince Charles" by Auberon Waugh.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Hackney, London, to one Jewish parent,[3] Jameson was illegitimate and grew up in a private children's home where conditions were poor, with five children sharing the same bed, which was bug-ridden. He never knew with certainty who his father was and discovered at 8 that his supposed elder sister, Elsie, was actually his mother.[4]

As a child, Jameson was evacuated from London to Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, during the Second World War.[5] His formal education included a period at a borstal; his youthful activities had included shoplifting.

Career[edit]

Fleet Street[edit]

His career began in Fleet Street, as a messenger boy at Reuters, and he became a trainee reporter in 1946. That year he became a member of the Communist Party, and acquired the nickname of the "red menace" as a result.[6] This political involvement almost ended this employment at Reuters, but his call-up for national service intervened.[7] By the time his period in the Army ended in 1951, during which he was stationed in Vienna, he had left the Party. Jameson returned to Reuters, where he remained until 1960, eventually becoming chief sub-editor.[8] After a brief period as the editor of the London American, a London weekly with Arthur Christiansen as the publication's consultant,[4] he joined the Daily Express for the first time in 1961.[9]

After working in the features department there for two years, he then became a picture editor for the Sunday Mirror.[8] From 1965 he was assistant editor of the Daily Mirror, and from 1972 the northern editor based in Manchester. Later, in 1976 he became managing editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper, and introduced the paper's own photographs of topless models. He was appointed editor of the Daily Express the following year by its new proprietor, Victor Matthews, with whom he initially had a good rapport; the two men had a similar start in life.[9] By the time Jameson left Express Newspapers in 1980, the title had increased daily sales by 500,000, a 25% increase.[6]

In 1978, in addition he became editor-in-chief of the group's new more downmarket tabloid, the Daily Star (with Peter Grimsditch as editor). Jameson was involved in the publicity at the time of the launch, and it was aimed at the lowest end of the market, even below The Sun.[9] He was quoted in one newspaper as commenting that the new paper would be "tits, bums, QPR and roll your own fags”, but while under oath several years later during his libel case, he insisted that this had been invented by the reporter.[10] The Daily Star had achieved sales of a million copies each day a year after it had begun publication. By now Jameson had gained a reputation of being able to increase the circulations of tabloid newspapers,[7] after ending his employment by Matthews over differences which had emerged. Matthews refused to return him full-time to the Daily Express, and Jameson was himself then (briefly) editing the Daily Star in Manchester.[4]

He became editor of the News of the World in 1981. Rupert Murdoch, though, fired him in January 1984[10] after the publication of a story implying that Harold Holt, the Australian Prime Minister who disappeared from a beach in 1967, had been a communist spy. The Murdoch and Holt families had, in fact, known each other well.[9]

Libel case[edit]

Jameson's cockney accent and abrasive persona caused Private Eye to coin the sobriquet Sid Yobbo in his honour, although Jameson himself protested at such caricatures. Despite his success and affluence, he remained sensitive about his origins.

In 1980 the BBC broadcast a sketch in the Radio 4 programme Week Ending which described him as an "East End boy made bad" and that Jameson was "so ignorant he thought erudite was a type of glue".[11][12] Jameson sued the BBC for libel, but lost the action when it came to court in February 1984.[13] While the jury found the broadcast defamatory, they also considered it fair comment and Jameson had to pay costs of £75,000.

This award against him affected his finances, and following the end of his time at the News of the World in the previous month,[10] he was forced to take up an offer from the BBC itself.[12]

Broadcasting[edit]

In 1984 he presented Do They Mean Us? a television series for BBC 2 which according to his Scotsman obituary was "a decidedly patriotic examination of foreign television networks’ British coverage".[6]

He joined BBC Radio 2 in late 1985, sitting in for Jimmy Young, before taking over the breakfast show from Ken Bruce in March 1986, presenting it until December 1991. He then hosted the Monday to Thursday late-night show between 10.30 and 12.00 along with his wife Ellen, until March 1997.

In 1988 he began presenting the BBC1 television show People. He was replaced in the second series by Chris Serle, Lucy Pilkington, Jeni Barnett and Frank Bruno.[14] He also presented his own television series entitled Do They Mean Us? on which he had the catchphrase; "Do they mean us? They surely do!"[4]

In 2010 he took part in BBC's The Young Ones, in which six celebrities in their 70s and 80s attempt to overcome some of the problems of ageing by harking back to the 1970s.[15]

Following the end of his regular broadcasting career, Jameson wrote a weekly column in the Brighton Argus until October 2000,[2] and was latterly an after-dinner speaker.

Personal life[edit]

In 1947, Jameson married Jackie, whom he had met during his Communist Party membership; she divorced him in the 1960s after suffering from mental illness.[12] He married Pauline in 1971. In 1978 he left her for Ellen Petrie, to whom he remained married until his death at age 82 of a heart attack on 12 September 2012.[1] He was survived by his three sons and a daughter from his first two marriages.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c BBC News: Veteran broadcaster Derek Jameson dies, aged 82
  2. ^ a b "Derek Jameson, Fleet Street veteran and television star, dies at 82", London Evening Standard, 13 September 2012
  3. ^ The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) edited by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles p. 472
  4. ^ a b c d Dennis Barker Derek Jameson obituary, The Guardian, 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012
  5. ^ Derek Jameson's fond memories of Stortford childhood Archived 18 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b c "Obituary: Derek Jameson, journalist and radio host", The Scotsman, 17 September 2013
  7. ^ a b Emma Bamford "Broadcaster and journalist Derek Jameson dies aged 82", The Independent, 13 September 2013
  8. ^ a b Dennis Griffiths The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422–1992, London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p.334
  9. ^ a b c d Michael Leapman "Derek Jameson: Fleet Street veteran and broadcaster who edited three tabloid newspapers", The Independent, 14 September 2012
  10. ^ a b c "Former editor tells of nude pictures Policy", Glasgow Herald, 15 February 1984, p.9
  11. ^ "No pain, no gain". The Northern Echo. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d Obituary: Derek Jameson, telegraph.co.uk, 12 September 2012
  13. ^ Hooper, David (2000). Reputations Under Fire: Winners and Losers in the Libel Business. Little, Brown. pp. 234–41. 
  14. ^ "BFI Library: "People (1988)"". British Film Institute. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "BBC One - The Young Ones". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Roy Wright
Editor of The Daily Express
March 1977 - 1980
Succeeded by
Arthur Firth
Preceded by
Peter Grimsditch
Editor of the Daily Star
1980
Succeeded by
Lloyd Turner
Preceded by
Barry Askew
Editor of the News of the World
1981–1984
Succeeded by
Nicholas Lloyd
Preceded by
Ken Bruce
BBC Radio 2
Breakfast Show Presenter

1986-1991
Succeeded by
Brian Hayes

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