Paul Dominik Diamond (known as Dominik Diamond) is a television and radio presenter and newspaper columnist from Arbroath, Scotland. He is best known as the original presenter of Channel 4's video gaming programme GamesMaster, as host of The Dominik Diamond Breakfast Show on Xfm Scotland and columnist of The Daily Star. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at a young age and now funds charity support projects to aid fellow sufferers.
Diamond first attended Strathallan School in Forgandenny, Perthshire. He then went on to study drama at Bristol University, also attended by Little Britain star David Walliams. Walliams and Diamond were part of a comedy troupe called "David Icke and The Orphans of Jesus", in which they were also joined by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Walliams & Diamond fell out after Walliams appeared as a guest on Diamond's Paramount show "Dom'n'Kirk's Night O Plenty" - after which Diamond said that Walliams and co-Little Britain star Matt Lucas were "complete arseholes". Diamond has not spoken to Walliams since, yet still refers to him as a "comic genius".
An avid Celtic fan, Diamond had a column in the football monthly FourFourTwo when it launched in 1994. Diamond co-hosted sports programme Live and Dangerous in 1997, and When Games Attack, aired in 2004. Since 1996, he writes a twice-weekly column in the Daily Star and had a regular column in the monthly magazine PC Zone until the August 2006 edition. Diamond's biggest role on television to date came on Channel 4 computer and video game show Gamesmaster, which ran from 1992-1998, however was notably absent during the show's second season, which he recently attributed to a disagreement with the show's then-sponsors, McDonald's. He went on to present the short-lived BBC Scotland panel show Caledonia McBrains in 2002.
In 2006, Diamond filmed Five documentary, Crucify Me. During filming, he took part in the live annual Holy week re-enactment of the crucifixion at San Pedro Cutud. However, he backed down at the last minute, breaking into tears. He also has featured on Discovery Real Time programme, Rubble Trouble, which charts the development of his house extension.
In July 2006, he appeared in the satirical quiz show spoof, "Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive" where his career was parodied.
He is a regular host of What The Papers Say on BBC2, a round-up of the week's newspapers.
Diamond hosted the debut of Fantasy Football League on BBC Radio Five Live at least one season before it appeared on BBC TV. Diamond presented Sportscall on BBC Radio Five Live in the 1990s and occasionally hosted the station's phone-in football show 6-0-6.
Diamond would frequently include producer Scott Shaw and news presenter Marisa de Andrade throughout the show, most notably a segment named "Fib Of The Day". The segment involved each of the three making an ambiguous - and sometimes near unbelievable - statement about a news issue of the day (where only one was genuine). Listeners would then text in which of the three statements they believed were true.
Towards the beginning of UK Music Week 2007, the week which would mark a year since the band's creation, The A.M's announced through Xfm that they would be releasing their debut single on Nineteen Percent Records. The single, a double a-side of two of the band's own songs, "Billy the Dancer / Isobel Campbell", was released on 21 May 2007.
The band most recently played a number of homecoming shows at numerous small venues in Glasgow. All three members of the band (and manager) have all now left Xfm Scotland, yet continue to play around the country. Prior to Diamond leaving, it was announced on the band's MySpace page that they would be playing at Wickerman Festival in Dumfries, Scotland on 21 July 2007.
In January 2008 Dominik took over Talk 107 Drive, again with Marisa de Andrade.
In April 2008 following a station revamp the show became 'Diamond and de Andrade'.
Dominik has since left Talk 107 as of Friday 25 July due to exhaustion. However, Marisa de Andrade has stayed at the station on the 'Drive Time' slot, with Dominik being replaced with Mark Donaldson (or 'Donkey' as he is known within the industry), the stations 'Sport Editor'