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Dave Lee Travis : biography

25 May 1945 -

Dave Lee Travis (born 25 May 1945), also known professionally as DLT and The Hairy Monster (from 1978 The Hairy Cornflake), is a British radio presenter, best known for his career on BBC Radio 1.

Early life and career

Born David Patrick Griffin in Buxton, Derbyshire, he was raised in Manchester. His father was a stage manager and he attended Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys.

His first job was as a graphic designer, and then working as a designer of shop interiors and a photographer. But at night and on the 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 touring 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 surrounding areas.


DLT presented the German TV show Beat Club, where he introduced such acts as Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steamhammer.

On BBC television, he 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.

In 1993 he hosted the children's television show Go Getters.

He was also the United Kingdom commentator for the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest.

On 14 February 2000, Travis was the subject of the This Is Your Life programme on British TV.

Other TV appearances include The Weakest Link, Noel's House Party, Mrs. Merton, Stars Reunited, Kick Start, Dave's Lee's and Travis's and Today with Des and Mel.

Travis appeared in the video for the Comic Relief version of the The Proclaimers song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", performed by Peter Kay and Matt Lucas.

Noel's House Party Gotcha

Travis was famously the victim of a practical joke (or "Gotcha") by Noel Edmonds on his TV show Noel's House Party. His radio quiz was unknowingly hijacked by two fake pub quiz teams which gave absurd answers to every question. His 'reaction' at the revelation had to be recorded twice because his initial outburst was full of swearwords. He said to Noel, "Edmonds, you are a dead man! I don't want your Gotcha!" Travis had his "revenge" the following week when, by arrangement with the Noel's House Party production team, he hijacked Noel Edmonds's show live on air, culminating in Edmonds ending up in the Great House's infamous green gunge tank.

Allegations of sexual assault

In October 2012 it was alleged by two former BBC employees that he sexually assaulted a number of 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. Travis, who hosted the Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 1978 to 1980, said in a statement: "I categorically deny that there is any substance in either allegation and I’m genuinely surprised that allegations of this nature have been made. I totally refute [sic] any impropriety." On 15 November 2012, he 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. On 16 November, Travis made a statement stating "This is nothing to do with kids, all right? That's the first thing. Because that to me is the most important thing in the world and I do not wish to have my name sullied around something that bloody evil, to be honest. Yes, there's an ongoing police investigation about me and two grown women, all right?" On the same date, Magic AM announced that Travis would not be broadcasting on their station until the issue had been resolved.

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