Derek Hobson

Derek Hobson (born on 23 March 1949) is a TV and radio broadcaster and journalist, best known as the original host of ITV's New Faces[1], which introduced, among others, Lenny Henry, Victoria Wood, Jim Davidson, Les Dennis and Michael Barrymore to a Saturday night audience of more than 12 million viewers.

Hobson was also a continuity announcer for ATV in Birmingham and was one of the presenters of the regional news programme ATV Today.[2]

After leaving ATV, Hobson co-presented Not For Women Only,[3] a regional magazine programme for TVS, with Jill Cochrane. He also presented and co-created the format for the game show That's My Dog for TSW, which ran for four years on the ITV network from 1984.[4]

Recently, he completed his first novel and screenplay and is currently researching a biography of an Irish impresario (his great uncle) who owned the world's oldest touring opera company.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Press Your Buttons Now! - We look back at talent shows of yesteryear". BBC. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  2. ^ "Victoria Wood dies aged 62". ATV Today. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. ^ "Not for Women Only (1982)". BFI. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  4. ^ "The Continuity Booth". The TV Room. Retrieved 2018-09-06.