Before Flight 777 took off from Portugal to England, 7-year old Derek had to vacate his seat,
so that VIP Leslie Howard (Ashley in “Gone With the Wind”) could take his place. The Dakota
was shot down by the Nazi Luftwaffe, with the loss of all lives… see first demo segment.
Following the short, varied demo segments is “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes”, where, as a
phony BBC TV interviewer, he plays a joke on Ned Beatty and… we promise you a good laugh!
Derek has won 2 Emmys, 2 Tellys and a Voicey Lifetime Achievement Award. For 40 years, his distinguished appearance and distinctive (but not stuffy!) Brit accent have provided credibility for quality TV programs and videos on health, medicine, environment, finance, commerce, law, art, travel, religion, training, safety, sport & celebrities. For 10 years he anchored Financial Inquiry on FNN (now CNBC).
He started with RTV and RBC radio in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he was the nation’s head TV news anchor, host of the top-rated talk show “Frankly Partridge”, “The Kwhizz Kids” and “Message to the Nation” TV specials. In Miami, he hosted two daily, 2-hour radio talk shows and in between anchored the 6.0 pm news hour for ABC affiliate WKAT. He was also a news anchor for London’s Sky TV.
Derek hosts feature-length documentaries “Leslie Howard, The Man Who Gave a Damn“,”The Mystery of
Flight 777″ and “Howard In Hollywood” for Warner Home Video, to go out with “Gone With The Wind”.
He hosted Massey Ferguson’s 50th Anniversary video in French, Italian, Spanish, German & Irish.
He is spokesman for New Zealand’s XtendLife, the world’s #1 vitamin company and was Monex Gold’s spokesman for 25 years on 12 national networks. A former newscaster for Newspapers For The Blind, he now reads London’s Daily Telegraph for the blind at AIRS-LA and has narrated UK Ministry of Defence videos.