Peter possibly holds the record for youngest ever continuity announcer on UK TV. At the age of 17, he joined BBC Northern Ireland while still at school. He subsequently obtained a degree from Queen’s University, Belfast.
During his initial four years with the BBC (1975 to 1978), he was a newsreader on Scene Around Six with Barry Cowan and Sean Rafferty; he also covered other TV news broadcasts including the news at closedown on BBC One Northern Ireland.
On leaving university, Peter joined BBC Northern Ireland on contract under Mike Baguley in the presentation department. He presented programmes and read the news as well as performing continuity duties for BBC Radio Ulster. He then moved to BBC TV presentation, working with what he describes as “two Ulster broadcasting legends”, David Gamble and Mike Nunan. He later became a reporter on Good Morning Ulster on BBC Radio Ulster before transferring to BBC Radio 2 in 1982 to take up a contract position as an announcer in the presentation department under Iain Purdon.
Over the years, Peter has presented various music and entertainment shows for BBC Radio, including: Peter Dickson’s Nightcap on BBC Radio 2, deputising for Gloria Hunniford on her BBC Radio 2 show and Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1.
He was one of the main voices on programme promotions on BBC One for six years (1983 – 1989). He has also voiced programme promotions for many other TV networks, including: ITV; Channel 4; Channel 5; The History Channel; Performance TV; The Biography Channel; Nickleodeon; National Geographic; UK Play; Challenge TV; Sky One; Disney Channel; TNT Classic Movies; BBC World; UKTV Gold; UK Horizons; Meridian; Sky Movies.
Peter’s voiceover talent has seen him involved with many high-profile TV shows, including: Bruce’s Price is Right (ITV); Family Fortunes (ITV); Late Night with Jerry Springer (ITV/Channel 5); It’s Not the Answer (ITV); Gameshow Marathon (ITV); Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); The X Factor (ITV); The Paul O’Grady Show (ITV); Today with Des and Mel (ITV); Test the Nation (BBC One); Record of the Year (ITV).
He also narrates documentaries, including many of the highest rating productions from the Discovery Channel, including: FBI Files.
Peter has also written for various television productions, including: The Fast Show (BBC); Play Your Cards Right (ITV); Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC Two).
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