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Paul Dominik Diamond, known as Dominik Diamond (born 31 December 1969) is a Scottish television and radio presenter and newspaper columnist. He is best known as the original presenter of Channel 4's video gaming programme GamesMaster, as host of The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show on Xfm Scotland and as a columnist for the Daily Star. He formerly hosted The Dominik Diamond Show Mon-Fri 6-11pm on Q107 in Toronto. After a stint hosting The Dominik Diamond Morning Show on new music station Radio 96.5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Diamond returned to the Toronto market 31 March 2014, replacing Dean Blundell as host of the morning show on 102.1 The Edge. From September 2015 he has been the Morning Show host on Jack FM in Calgary.
Paul Dominik Diamond
31 December 1969
|Station(s)||Jack FM Calgary|
|Time slot||530-900 Mon-Fri|
|Previous show(s)||The Dominik Diamond Show|
Diamond and de Andrade
"The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show"
6:00 - 10:00 a.m. Monday-Friday
"The Dominik Diamond Show"
1000 - 1300 Saturday/Sunday
"Dominik & Dye"
5:30-9:30 am Monday-Friday
102.1 The Edge
He then went on to study drama at Bristol University, also attended by Little Britain star David Walliams. Walliams and Diamond were part of a comedy troupe called "David Icke and The Orphans of Jesus", in which they were also joined by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Walliams and Diamond fell out after Walliams appeared as a guest on Diamond and his friend (and GamesMaster commentator) Kirk Ewing's Paramount show "Dom'n'Kirk's Night O Plenty" - after which Diamond said that Walliams and co-Little Britain star Matt Lucas were "complete arseholes". Diamond has not spoken to Walliams since, yet still refers to him as a "comic genius".
Television and publicationsEdit
Diamond's biggest role on television to date came on Channel 4 computer and video game show Gamesmaster, which ran from 1992-1998. However he was absent during the show's third series, which he attributed to a disagreement with the show's then-sponsors, McDonald's. He went on to present the short-lived BBC Scotland panel show Caledonia McBrains in 2002.
In 2006, Diamond filmed a Five documentary, Crucify Me. During filming, he took part in the live annual Holy week re-enactment of the crucifixion at San Pedro Cutud. However, he backed down at the last minute, breaking into tears.
He also has appeared on the Discovery Real Time programme, Rubble Trouble, which charts the development of his house extension. While residing in Brighton from 2002 to 2004, he trained and worked as a bus driver with the local transport company Brighton and Hove Bus Company, recording his thoughts and feelings for a documentary to be shown on UK television Channel 5. Similarly to Diamond, many celebrities have worked for Brighton and Hove Bus Company, some of which are named on the front of the city's buses.
Diamond's autobiography, Celtic & Me: Confessions From The Jungle, was published in the UK by Black & White Publishing in August 2010. The book is a combination of media memoir and the story of Diamond's life as a fan of Celtic Football Club. In 2015, he became one of 44 financial backers for the short film Autumn Never Dies.
Diamond launched XFM Scotland with The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show on Xfm Scotland in January 2006. On 27 June 2007, RadioToday.co.uk announced that Diamond had joined Talk 107 to cover a number of programmes over the summer months. From 13 October 2007 Diamond presented the Dominik Diamond Breakfast Club on Talk 107. In January 2008 Dominik took over Talk 107 Drive with Marisa de Andrade. In April 2008, following a station revamp, the show became known as Diamond and de Andrade. Diamond left Talk 107;[when?] the station closed in December 2008. In 2015, Diamond started working for Jack96.9FM in Calgary, AB, Canada but left the show in November 2018.
- "Corus' 102.1 the Edge Announces New On-Air Lineup". Broadcaster Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
- "Dinner with Dominik Diamond". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- "Diamond Geezer". newsandstar.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
- "An interview with Dominik Diamond". Team Teabag. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
- Stephen McGinty (2006). "A crucifixion too far". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
- Caroline Davies & Sebastien Berger (2006). "Crucify me? Sorry, I've changed my mind". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
- "A Diamond in the rough". The Scotsman. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
- Brighton and Hove Bus Company (2010). "Names On Our Buses". Brighton & Hove Bus Company. Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- "Celticunderground Podcast 106: Dominik Diamond". celticunderground.net. Retrieved 30 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Celtic & Me: Confessions from the Jungle, Dominik Diamond
- Edinburgh's Talk 107 radio station is to shut down. The Guardian, 17 December 2008.