David Jacobs started his distinguishing career in the Royal Navy during the war, appearing in 1944 as a guest in the BBC programme, Navy Mixture, as an impressionist. He served on the staff of Lord Louis Mountbatten as Chief Announcer of Radio SEAC in Ceylon. When demobilised, he joined the BBC as an announcer/newsreader and since 1947 his has been one of the most heard voices and seen faces in Britain.
Currently David presents the highly acclaimed programme The David Jacobs Collection on Sundays at 11 pm on BBC Radio 2. David’s major radio credits as a figurehead presenter include Housewives Choice, Journey into Space, BBC Jazz Club, Pick of the Pops, Saturday Show Band Show, Melodies for You (12 years), Any Questions? and Any Answers? (17 years). His daily lunchtime Radio 2 programmes ran for six hugely successful years and he was a founder member of Capital Radio.
His extensive Television credits include hosting; Make Up Your Mind, Tell The Truth, Juke Box Jury, Top of the Pops, David Jacobs Words and Music, Sunday Night with David Jacobs, Where Are They Now?What’s My Line? Who, What or Where?, Wednesday Show, Wednesday Magazine, Eurovision Song Contest, A Song For Europe, Miss World, and, as an actor, he played the part of Laurie in the first serialisation for television of Little Women and made a guest appearance in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. His return to compering BBC’s Come Dancing received national acclaim and his TVS programme Questions notched up five series. David hosted Primetime on BBC television for three years.
David has toured the country presenting a number of different shows, David Jacobs Goes Name Dropping, David Jacobs presents a Night in Old Vienna with English Serenata, David Jacobs presents Ain’t She Sweet, the music of the roaring 20’s and 30’s with the Charleston Chasers, The Legend of Sinatra, David Jacobs presents The Wonderful West End and An Evening of Gershwin with Marti Webb.
Other career highlights
He has made numerous film appearances as an actor and as himself, and for several years was a commentator on British Movietone News He is the author of Jacobs Ladder, the best-seller, Caroline, and Any Questions? with Michael Bowen. David:
Has appeared in six Royal Command Performances.
Was voted Britain’s top disc-jockey for six years, both for the BBC and Radio Luxembourg.
Was voted the Variety Club of Great Britain TV Personality of the Year in 1960.
Was voted the BBC Radio Personality of the Year in 1975 - one of the few artists to make the double.
Was the recipient of the Sony Gold Award 1984 for outstanding contribution to radio over the years (and was subsequently admitted to the Sony Hall of Fame). He also achieved the Richard Martin Award for exceptional service in the cause of animal welfare.
Visited distressed children of Albania in 1991 resulting in over £500,000 being donated to them via the British Red Cross.
David was a Director of the Duke of York Theatre (1979-85) and is a Director and Chairman of the Kingston Theatre Trust.
He is a Vice-President of:
(and former Chairman) the Stars Organisation for Spastics.
Royal Star & Garter Home at Richmond.
The Kingston Arts Festival.
Friends of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
The Society of Stars and a former Vice-President of the RSPCA.
He is President of:
The Kingston Alcohol Advisory Service.
The Kingston Branch of the Royal British Legion.
The SW London Branch of SSAFA (1995-).
The SW London Community Foundation (1995-).
The Kingston Bereavement Service.
He is a Patron of Age Resource and a Life Governor of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (1995 -). He is Chairman of Thames Radio. David is a Deputy Lieutenant of and for Greater London. For 17 years, until May 2001, he was the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames. On his retirement from this post, he was appointed High Steward. In June 1994 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University. 1994 marked his 50th year in Broadcasting. In 1996 he was created a CBE. In 1997 he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.
As active as ever
In 2006 his professional life remains as active as ever, with his ongoing broadcasting work for the BBC, theatre tours with his own special productions and he is in constant demand for commercial and voice over work.
Copyright: Billy Marsh Associates, 2007