Andrew Daddo

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About Andrew Daddo

Andrew was born Andrew Dugald Daddo on February 18, 1967.

For the whole of his childhood he wondered what he'd done to his parents to give him a middle name like Dugald. Then he thought about his twin brothers' middle name - Beilby - and realised all he'd done was be born a twin and they would be both have to live with weird middle names as a kind of funishment. Yes, that's funishment, a fun punishment!

It was only later the two boys discovered that Dugald and Beilby were both special family names and since then Andrew and Jamie have stopped pretending they didn’t have middle names at all.

For Andrew, school was normal. There were broken arms and fingers, scrapes and scratches, girlfriends, hot chips and a football team that refused to win a premiership. There was even a fight. Just one - in grade six. And it was enough for him to realise that fighting would not be his thing because unless you were really good at it, you got hurt.

There was no gap between finishing school at Melbourne Grammar to starting university at Monash for an Arts degree. In fact, a lot of Andrew's friends noticed the first year was spent windsurfing on Port Philip Bay so, really, it kind of was like taking a year off.

During the second year things got a bit busier. Andrew took a job with Network Ten as the host of a kids' afternoon TV show. It was cool. The following year, 1987, Andrew moved to the ABC to host its live national music show The Factory. There were lots of black t-shirts and tight jeans and enough time to finish his Arts degree with major in Politics and History. The Factory lasted for two years, then Andrew was lured to New York to be the first Australian VJ on American MTV. It involved all sorts of shirts and stretchy jeans and saying 'awesome' a lot.

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