His career began in the late 1960s when he reported on the Solihull News in the West Midlands, before moving to the Birmingham Evening Mail. In the late 1970s, he became deputy news editor and talk show presenter at Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton. From there, he moved to the Independent Radio News reporting team, where he remained until the early 1980s, before joining radio station LBC in London, presenting LBC Reports and Weekend Breakfast. From 1985-1990, he was the breakfast anchorman at LBC alongside Douglas Cameron. He has also worked on Talk Radio, BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio 5 Live.
LBC Radio Show
Deeley presented from 1am to 5am on Monday and from 12am to 5am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In December 2005, he left LBC live on air, to become an addiction psychotherapist - being a recovering alcoholic himself. But from April 2006 he was broadcasting again. He now runs a country bed and breakfast business at a 15th-century hall house in an ancient village near Canterbury, on the edge of the North Downs.