Richard John Davies, a British television sportscaster who presided over the World of Sport from 1968 to 1985, was born on 30 April 1933 and passed away on 19 February 2023.
After passing his eleven-plus exam, Davies enrolled at Oldershaw Grammar School, served in the Royal Air Force’s National Service program, and worked as a purser on the RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth cruise ships.
He worked as an announcer for Southern Television in his first position in the industry. Early in his career, Davies went by his full name, Richard Davies, but Jimmy Hill, a coworker at ITV Sport, suggested that he change it to Dickie Davies.
As an assistant to Eamonn Andrews, who was paid £40,000 by ITV to host World of Sport (formerly known as Wide World of Sports), Davies started working on the program in 1965. When Andrews departed the program in 1968, Davies took over as the show’s host.
In 1989, Davies resigned from ITV Sport to present boxing, darts, and snooker for Eurosport. He broadcast sports reports for Classic FM until he had a stroke in 1995. He was the frontman for Dickie Davies’ Sports Heroes in the late 1990s.
Dickie Davies (World of Sport) Children: Meet Peter Davies, Daniel Davies
Dickie was a great inspiration to his two sons. His sons Peter Davies and Daniel Davies follow closely in their father’s footsteps and also work in the media.
However, they both live rather quiet lives besides their occasional appearances on television.