TV's Hacker T Dog hopes to be honoured with a star in Wigan

Hacker T Dog may have just passed a whopping 150,000 followers on Instagram, but it is in Wigan where he would really like to leave his mark.
Hacker is proud to be from WiganHacker is proud to be from Wigan
Hacker is proud to be from Wigan

The children’s TV star is now rubbing shoulders with some of the most popular “influencers”, as young and old alike enjoy his amusing posts.

But the entertainer is still holding out hope that he will be honoured with a star on Believe Square.

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He told the Post: “It would mean the world to me because I’m a proud Wiganer, I mention Wigan daily on the TV and I film lots of my music videos in Wigan. I would love to have one.”

He is now the longest-serving presenter on children’s channel CBBC.

Hacker said: “It will be 12 years in May – May 24 I think it is. That’s a long time and I am only six.

“I love it. It’s great. It gives me the freedom and the money to live the life I have in Wigan.”

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His presenting gig is “great fun”, he says, allows him to meet other famous faces and travel the world.

“I enjoyed interviewing Jim Carrey the actor and I enjoyed interviewing The Rock and I enjoyed interviewing Jack Black the actor and singer. Lots of great people,” he said.

Hacker has no plans to leave CBBC, but says he’s “available” and “good value” if there are offers for prime-time shows.

He is part of this year’s TV coverage for the BBC’s Children In Need appeal.

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Hacker’s famous face has stolen the hearts of many fans – with many even naming their pet Border terriers after him.

He has spent the coronavirus lockdown at home in Wigan, mainly watching TV.

He did some filming in the kennel in his back garden, but has now returned to the studio at Media City in Salford.Hacker has a huge following on Instagram.

He said: “I have got 150,000-plus followers. It’s mostly me eating meat paste. That’s a lot of people. Imagine one person times by 150,000.”

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Instagram is the perfect place for Hacker to be able to entertain his army of fans,

“You can get your ideas out there quicker,” he said. “If you have a joke on something topical or funny, you can get it out there quicker to 150,000 people. It’s more people than some TV shows have viewers.

“When I do my show Hacker Time, it’s filmed about six months in advance so I can’t do anything up to the minute. It’s nice to get it out there.”

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