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Alan Dedicoat
Born (1954-12-01) 1 December 1954 (age 66)
Other namesThe Voice of the Balls, The Wealdstone WeatherBoy
OccupationAnnouncer, newsreader
Years active1979–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Alan Dedicoat (born 1 December 1954)[citation needed] is an English announcer for programmes on BBC One. He is perhaps best known as the "Voice of the Balls" on the National Lottery programmes, providing a voiceover for the draws since 1995.[1] He also read the news on BBC Radio 2 until his retirement from this role in March 2015. Dedicoat's is the announcer on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing and its American version, Dancing with the Stars.

Early life

Dedicoat was born on 1 December 1954 in Hollywood, Worcestershire.[citation needed][2] The son of a newsagent, Dedicoat was educated at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham.[2] Dedicoat originally worked in the Civil Service as an Executive Officer, before joining the BBC.[3]



Dedicoat joined BBC Radio WM at Pebble Mill in 1979 as a presenter, before moving to BBC Radio Devon four years later. After his time in the West Country, he moved to London to join the Presentation Department of BBC Radio 2 in 1987 at Broadcasting House,[4] and later became its head, a position he retained until 2015. As part of this job, he read the news on BBC Radio 2's weekday breakfast programme, Wake Up to Wogan, before its demise in December 2009. He also performed this role on Sarah Kennedy's show, until she left the station in August 2010. He then became the newsreader for Vanessa Feltz in January 2011, but following a reshuffle of newsreaders in September 2012, his final shift was reading the news on weekdays between 10 am and 5 pm. He was also the voice of Radio 2's "emergency CD" (played when there is a fire alarm or other unforeseen break in programming) and their multiple choice automatic phone menu.

After 28 years at the station, Dedicoat's final news bulletin on BBC Radio 2 was at 5pm on Friday 27 March 2015, as he retired from Radio 2 broadcasting. It was as part of Wake Up to Wogan that Dedicoat acquired the nickname "Voice of the Balls" from presenter Sir Terry Wogan;[4] he was also called "The Wealdstone WeatherBoy" due to Wealdstone's close proximity to Harrow, where Dedicoat lives. In 2017, he joined Bauer Radio's digital station Mellow Magic, as the breakfast show newsreader for his former Wake Up To Wogan colleague Fran Godfrey.


In 1994, the National Lottery and its draw programmes were launched on BBC Television. The following year, Dedicoat began working as the show's announcer.[1] He also takes part in the BBC's telethons, such as Children in Need, announcing the totals at certain intervals. Dedicoat voices previews and the voice-overs in Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. In 2005, he became the announcer for Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, which broadcasts annually on ABC.[5] Since 2009, he has been the voice-over for the CBBC show Copycats. In the late 1980s and 1990s, he was a regular voiceover artist for trailers on BBC Television.


In 2015, a recording of Dedicoat was obtained by The Sun newspaper, in which he allegedly claimed that the BBC allowed a "drug peddler" to deliver Class A substances to the desks of staff. He subsequently apologised and retracted his comments.[6]

Other work

Dedicoat is also an after dinner speaker.[7]

Personal life

Dedicoat is the co-owner of a number of an AEC Routemaster (one of London's famous red buses) with fellow broadcasters Charles Nove, Ken Bruce and Steve Madden.[8] He is Patron of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, and has taken part in the National Hospital Radio Awards, both as the voiceover and in person. In addition, Dedicoat is the President of Hospital Radio Bedside, a hospital radio station broadcasting to hospitals in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Wimborne in the UK.[9][10]

Dedicoat lives in Harrow on the Hill, London.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Dedicoat". Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "BBC - Radio 2 - Presenters - Alan Dedicoat". Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Alan Dedicoat". Jillie Bushell Associates. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b "BBC - Radio 2 - Presenters - Alan Dedicoat". Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  5. ^ Alan Dedicoat Credits
  6. ^ "BBC announcer claims staff have Class A drugs delivered to their desk - then backtracks". The Independent. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  7. ^ Jla Alan Dedicoat
  8. ^ The red brigade, The Guardian 9 April 2005
  9. ^ "Hospital Radio Bedside Charity". Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  10. ^ Durkin, Jim (1 March 2014). "Poole Hospital radio staff walking on air after four decade milestone". Bournemouth Daily Echo. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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