Fred Dinenage

Fred Dinenage

  • Presenter of ITV Meridian News
  • National Treasure best loved for HOW!
  • Awards Host & After Dinner Speaking


With a career spanning nearly six decades, Fred Dinenage has earned his place as one of Britain's most enduring and beloved broadcasters. His journey in television commenced in 1964 when he took his first steps into the world of broadcasting with Southern Television. Fast forward to February 2014, and the nation celebrated Fred's incredible milestone, marking his fiftieth anniversary as a revered reporter and presenter on ITV. 

Throughout his illustrious career, Fred's association with Southern Television, and its subsequent incarnations as TVS and Meridian Broadcasting, remains a defining thread in his professional life. Audiences will fondly remember his appearances on popular programs such as "Tell The Truth," "How" (and its successor, "How 2"), and his time as the face of news on "Coast To Coast" and later "Meridian Tonight" for ITV Meridian. 

Fred's contributions extend beyond the confines of regional television. His diverse portfolio includes hosting quiz shows like "Pass The Buck" on the BBC and "Gambit" on Anglia. He showcased his passion for regional sports while working with Yorkshire Television, occasionally gracing the screens of ITV's Saturday afternoon staple, "World of Sport," and even testing his wits as a team captain on the ITV game show "Never Had It So Good." 

In 2011, Fred Dinenage ventured into the world of crime documentaries with "Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook," a series that delved into 20th-century murders and captivated audiences on the Crime & Investigation Network. 

Beyond his television career, Fred has made his mark as an author, penning several factual books. Notably, he contributed to the autobiographies of the infamous Kray Brothers, "My Story" and "Our Story," showcasing his writing prowess. He lent his distinctive voice to narrate "Driver's Eye Views" for the railway filming company Video 125. 

As a fervent football enthusiast, Fred's passion for the sport is no secret. He once served on the board of directors at Portsmouth FC. His dedication and contributions to the world of broadcasting were duly recognized when he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours. 

After a remarkable 39-year tenure presenting ITV regional news across the south, southeast, and Thames Valley, Fred gracefully retired from Meridian TV. However, retirement hasn't slowed him down. Fred now graces the screens as the face of "Britain’s Most Evil Killers" and "The World’s Most Evil Killers" for Sky Crime. 

When he's not entertaining guests on Saga Cruises, you might catch Fred occasionally on BBC Radio Solent. And as if his schedule weren't busy enough, he's diligently working on a book—writing it, not just reading it! Fred Dinenage continues to leave an indelible mark on British broadcasting, and his journey is far from over. 

Fred is an excellent corporate Presenter and a hugely entertaining After-dinner Speaker and Awards Host. If you would like to book Fred for your event, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 3500 3331

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Fred was delightful to have, so friendly and warm to absolutely everyone and it really made our event that bit more special. We really enjoyed the anecdotes and stories he added, in addition to the script as he really made it his own. I think his persona fitted our event really well and the fact that he has a lot of local connections - such as Portsmouth and knowing Harry Redknapp.
Anita and I wanted to relay our sincere thanks for organising for Fred to attend our Awards last week. As you had already pointed out, Fred is an absolute joy to work with and he greeted us and all our visitors who wanted so much to meet him with open arms and respect. He gave people his time and he was fun on the stage and during the awards ceremony which went seamlessly under his watch. Anita and I were absolutely delighted and honoured to meet him and work with him and to enjoy the many comments on the night from our attendees. We were also so humbled when Fred told us how much he enjoyed the evening too.