World of Sport presenter Dickie Davies has died aged 94
Dickie Davies, previously a familiar face on television as presenter of World of Sport on ITV, has died aged 94.
Dickie Davis passed away this morning
“With great sadness, we announce that Dickie Davis passed away this morning,” his former colleague Jim Rosenthal wrote on social media Sunday night. Rosenthal’s tweet was followed by tributes from sports fans. BBC rugby commentator Andrew Sheridan wrote: “A legend of sports broadcasting And an integral part of my Saturdays in my youth.”
Presenter Simon Thomas tweeted: “Rest in peace, Dickie Davies. An absolute giant of sports broadcasting. Richard John Davies was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and attended grammar school after passing 11-plus. His broadcasting career followed national service in the Royal Air Force and working as a purser on ocean liners.
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Davis’s first job was at Southern Television
Davis’s first job in broadcasting was as an announcer for Southern Television. In those early days, he was known as Richard Davis; He changed it to Dickie Davis on the recommendation of fellow broadcaster Jimmy Hill. The World of Sport program initially called World Wide Sports began in 1965. Davis anchored the show from 1968 until 1985 when it was canceled.
Davis remains with ITV snooker
As well as introducing boxing and darts, he played a major role in the channel’s 1988 Seoul Olympics coverage. He went on to work for Eurosport, carrying out its snooker coverage, and also provided sports bulletins for Classic FM in its early days. After suffering a stroke in 1995, he left the role. It took him more than a year to fully regain his speech, but he eventually returned with his own feature series on famous sportsmen and women, Dickie Davis’ Sporting Heroes.