Dave Lee Travis
Dave Lee Travis
Travis in 2004
David Patrick Griffin
25 May 1945
|Occupation||Radio and television presenter|
Travis began his broadcasting career on the pirate radio station Radio Caroline in 1965. He moved to BBC Radio 1 where he became one of the station's leading presenters during the 1970s and 1980s, and a regular presenter of Top of the Pops. Following his resignation from the BBC in 1993, he worked for several British commercial radio stations.
In November 2012, Travis was arrested by officers from Operation Yewtree on suspicion of historic sexual offences, which he denied. In February 2014, he was found not guilty on twelve of the counts, with the jury unable to reach a decision on a further two counts. Travis faced a retrial on the two outstanding counts; with an additional alleged offence from 1995. The retrial began on 5 September 2014. On 23 September he was found guilty by a majority verdict of one count of indecent assault and on 26 September given a three-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
Early life and careerEdit
Travis's first jobs were as a graphic designer, a designer of shop interiors and a photographer. At night and weekends he began working as a DJ at the Oasis Club in Manchester, making use of a Dansette autochanger. Giving up his other jobs, he went on a self-created and promoted UK tour of clubs, ballrooms and theatres presenting his own DJ shows. Consequently, he was asked by Herman's Hermits to become the tour manager and warm-up DJ on their next tour of the United States, supporting Bobby Vee and Freddy Cannon. On his return to the UK, Travis returned to the north of England and continued to promote his own shows in Blackpool, Bury and the surrounding areas.
In September 1965, Travis started work at the offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline South from the MV Mi Amigo off the Essex coast, later moving onto Radio Caroline North from the MV Fredericia off the Isle of Man until mid-August 1967. From spring 1966 until early 1969 he co-presented the monthly Beat-Club pop programme, on television in Germany together with Uschi Nerke.
BBC Radio 1Edit
In 1967, offshore pirate radio was outlawed by the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act. Travis returned to Manchester to present the daily radio show Pop North on Radio 1 in 1968, and hosted Saturday afternoon programmes in the 4 to 5:30 pm slot. In 1969, he took over a Sunday morning show from 10 am to midday. In 1971, he was promoted to the weekday lunchtime show from 11 am to 1 pm, moving back to Sunday mornings in 1973 and also presenting the Radio 1 Club on Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm. He also presented the Sunday afternoon request show between 3 and 5 pm.
In 1976, Travis took over the weekday teatime slot, 4:30 – 5:45 pm (extended to run 4:30 – 7 pm in 1977). He then took over The Radio 1 Breakfast Show from Noel Edmonds in May 1978 and continued in this slot until December 1980. He nicknamed himself "the Hairy Cornflake" during his time as the Radio 1 Breakfast Show host.
In 1976, an on-air parody of C W McCall's US hit Convoy led to a release of the song Convoy GB as a single, recorded with fellow DJ Paul Burnett under the name Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks. The song reached number four in the UK singles chart and Travis appeared as the song's narrator "Super Scouse" on Top Of The Pops.
In January 1981, Travis moved to weekday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Later that year he moved back to the weekday lunchtime slot from 11:30 am to 2 pm, before moving to a Saturday morning show in 1983 from 10 am to 1 pm, then Sunday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm in 1987, taking over both Saturday and Sunday in September 1988.
On 8 August 1993, Travis resigned on-air during his Sunday morning show, stating that he could not agree with changes that were being made to Radio 1. Travis told his audience that changes were afoot that he could not tolerate "and I really want to put the record straight at this point and I thought you ought to know – changes are being made here which go against my principles and I just cannot agree with them".
A Jolly Good ShowEdit
From 1981 to 2001, Travis presented the BBC World Service music request programme A Jolly Good Show, having taken over from Noel Edmonds. In June 2011, Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the programme had given her a lifeline. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who had spent 15 years under house arrest from 1989, told the BBC that A Jolly Good Show had made her "world much more complete". Travis said he was "touched" but "not surprised" that she had remembered it.
On leaving Radio 1, Travis hosted a networked Sunday morning show (10 am – 1 pm) across some of the UK's commercial radio stations. He also went to Classic Gold where he hosted the 10 am – 1 pm morning show (later 9 am – noon), before moving to breakfast 7 am – 9 am and then back to mornings 9 am – 11 am.
In 2002, Travis left Classic Gold to work for the British Army's Garrison FM. From March 2003 to March 2007, Travis returned to the BBC, and presented a Sunday morning show from 9 am to noon on BBC Three Counties Radio, his local BBC radio station.
On BBC television, Travis presented editions of Top of the Pops in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also the presenter of The Golden Oldie Picture Show in the mid-1980s, an attempt by the BBC to create videos for classic pop songs that pre-dated the video age.
Sexual assault allegationsEdit
In October 2012, it was alleged by two former BBC employees that Travis sexually assaulted several women during his time at the BBC. One of the women, who was 17 at the time, claimed in the media after making a formal statement to police that Travis put his hand up her skirt in 1977. The other, presenter Vivien Creegor, claimed Travis "jiggled her breasts" when she was live on BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s. On 15 November 2012, Travis was arrested at his home by the Metropolitan Police as part of the Operation Yewtree inquiry. He was the fourth person to be arrested as part of the investigation.
In October 2013, Travis was charged (pleading not guilty) with 14 allegations of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2008, relating to 11 female complainants aged between 15 and 29 at the time of the alleged offences. The trial began in January 2014 at Southwark Crown Court. On 13 February, Travis was found not guilty on twelve counts, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on the remaining two counts. Following the verdict, Travis told reporters "I do not feel like there is a victory in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, I think you already know that I have been through a year and a half of hell on this." On 24 February, it was reported that the prosecution was seeking a retrial on the two outstanding counts.
On 28 March 2014, it was reported that Travis would face another charge of indecent assault as well as the retrial on the two outstanding counts. On 15 April, it was reported that he was facing another charge of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16 in 1995. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 24 April, when he denied the charges. His trial began on 5 September at Southwark Crown Court. On 23 September, Travis was found guilty by a majority verdict of 10–2 of indecently assaulting a female researcher working on the Mrs Merton Show in 1995. He was found not guilty of indecently assaulting another woman while he was appearing in a production of Aladdin in 1990. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a third charge from 2008, involving a journalist who visited his home. On Friday 26 September 2014, he was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years.
His interests include photography and classic cars. In 1987, he published a book of his photographs of well-known women, called A Bit of a Star, which he dedicated to his late father. In the 1970s, Travis was a regular drag racer.
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