Fred Dinenage

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Fred Dinenage
Fred Dinenage HOW carwash.jpg
Fred Dinenage in 2013
Born Frederick Edgar Dinenage
(1942-06-08) 8 June 1942 (age 74)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Other names Freddie D, DJ Freddie Dee, Wallly, Bling bling fingers
Education Portsmouth Grammar School
Occupation Journalist and broadcaster
Employer ITV Meridian
Known for Presenting How, How 2, ITV News Meridian
Children Caroline Dinenage

Frederick Edgar "Fred" Dinenage[1] MBE (born 8 June 1942) is an English television presenter, broadcaster and author. He has had a TV career spanning more than 50 years.

Early life and education[edit]

Dinenage was born in the Midlands city of Birmingham. He was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School,[2] an independent school in the city of Portsmouth in Hampshire.


Dinenage has appeared as presenter of many British television programmes (most of them produced by Southern Television and its successors TVS and Meridian Broadcasting), such as Tell The Truth, How and its successor How 2, as well as the BBC quiz show Pass The Buck and Gambit (produced by Anglia). He is also a newsreader, for many years presenting Meridian Tonight for ITV Meridian, alongside Debbie Thrower. He joined Meridian in 1993, though he was inherited as chief male news anchor of Meridian Tonight's predecessor programme Coast To Coast, on the TVS franchise which preceded Meridian. He co-hosted Coast To Coast alongside Fern Britton and Mai Davies, and Meridian Tonight alongside Natasha Kaplinsky, Debbie Thrower and Jane Wyatt.[3]

Dinenage spent a brief period in the late 1970s covering regional sport for Yorkshire Television. He also appeared as a relief presenter of the networked ITV Saturday afternoon show, World of Sport, something which earned him an appearance on the children's Saturday show Tiswas. He also has his own weekly column featured on the magazine of the Southampton local newspaper Southern Daily Echo.

Alongside his television career, Dinenage has written several factual books, including ghosting on autobiographies My Story and Our Story for the Kray twins. He is a keen football follower and was on the board of directors at Portsmouth for a number of years. He was a team captain on the ITV game show Never Had It So Good, shown in 2002. He also narrated Driver's Eye Views for railway filming company "Video 125", including Wessex, Connex Express, the Uckfield Thumper, the Royal Scot (Parts 1 & 2) & the Flying Scotsman (Parts 1 & 2).

Dinenage became co-anchor of a new pan-regional edition of Meridian Tonight on Monday 9 February 2009, presenting alongside former South East anchor Sangeeta Bhabra. In February 2014 he celebrated his 50th anniversary as reporter/presenter with ITV, announcing to the television audience of ITV News Meridian that he hoped to continue broadcasting into the future. Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook, a crime documentary series on 20th century murders was first broadcast on the Crime & Investigation Network in 2011.[4]

Dinenage was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[5]


Dinenage and Beverley Summers were married in 1967. They have three children, Caroline (born 1971) and twins, Christopher and Sarah (born 1982). His eldest daughter is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gosport, elected at the 2010 general election with a 14,413 majority.[6]


  1. ^ Dinenage, Fred (21 July 2007). "Fearne and Reggie". BBC Radio 1 (Interview). Interview with Fearne Cotton. 
  2. ^ "Hampshire Heritage - Fred Dinenage". Southern Daily Echo, Southampton. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fred Dinenage the great survivor". Daily Echo. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "About - Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook". Retrieved 2 October 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 15. 12 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Dinenage to succeed duck house MP as Tory candidate". BBC News. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 

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