Jacobs David One Of The Gentleman Greats Of The Airwaves

Jacobs David One Of The Gentleman Greats Of The Airwaves

David Jacobs, CBE recognised for his presentation of Juke Box Jury and BBC Radio 4’s Political slot “Any Questions. Quite simply he was and remains an excellent role model for others in society. Here I profile his considerable career on the airwaves both past and present day.

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David Lewis Jacobs on 19th May 1926 in London


Education at Strand School.


In 1975 he survived a car accident in which his second wife Caroline, whom he had married earlier in 1975, was killed along with Caroline Marsh, who wa married to MP Richard Marsh. 

His daughter, Emma Jacobs, an actress was best known for her role as Alex Khaled, fictional daughter of Fontaine Khaled, (Joan Collins) in the 1978 film “The Stud.”   

Early Career

Served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947

His Showbiz Career

His very first radio broadcast was in 1944 in “Navy Mixture.”


He became an announcer for (BFBS) The British Forces Broadcasting Service and was principle announcer on Radio SEAC in Ceylon culminating in him taking the role of “Assistant Station Director.” 


David was significantly involved in the space adventure series “Journey Into Space.” He was the annoucer for the series and played 22 different characters, over 53 episodes. At this time he was also a radio DJ on Radio Luxemborg.


Presented Juke Box Jury produced by the BBC  for eight years.

Top Of The Pops

Jacobs was one of the four remaining presenters of “Top Of The Pops,” which began its life with the BBC in 1964. He also created the chart show “Pick Of The Pops” and his involvement lasted between 1957 & 1961.

His Acting Credits

He appeared in the film “Stardust” a role in which he played himself compering a 60’s award ceremony.

Comedy Actor

Jacobs appeared in the hugely popular show “Some Mothers Do Have Them” in a one off episode he played a presenter of a fictional home-improvement programme.   

21st Century Work

Jacobs was hired by DJ’s Stuart Maconie & Mark Radcliffe in 2008 as the announcer for album tracks from Cream on their weekday evening Radio 2 show, this was entitled “Jacobs” Cream Crackers.


He provided “soundbites” for Chris Evans breakfast show and he selected a record each Thursday. This arose from his selection of “I’m Gonna Shine Today” by Maurice Chevalier.

He currently has a Sunday night BBC radio two programme which is aired between 11-midnight.  He also continues to present documentary style radio programmes on the same channel. 

More Jacobs

He is an honary high steward of the Royal Borough of Kingston.

He is a founder member of Kingston’s Rose Theatre and is now a “Life President.”

He is also Vice-Patron of the Charity Advance Centre For The Scotson Technique and also a patron of the Disabled Photographers Association. 

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