Richard Bacon is a radio broadcaster, TV presenter, journalist and author, best known for working on Blue Peter in 1997-1998, taking part in barefoot water-skiing and Arctic exploration. He has become known for his unique warm, inquisitive, entertaining, honest and no-nonsense hosting style.
Richard has worked for some of the most popular radio stations in the UK including Capital FM and XFM London. He joined BBC Radio 5 live to present the late-night weekend show on and off until 2009, before moving to the afternoon slot in 2010.
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Richard Bacon has presented a number of factual TV shows including BBC1’s Panorama: Who Will Win the Election (2015), Benefits Britain (2014) and How Rich Are You (2014). In 2013 he presented a documentary Frontline Afghanistan, which followed Prince Harry on tour in Afghanistan. In 2012, Richard wrote and presented The Anti-Social Network for BBC Three. It explored the epidemic of internet trolling and it was a hit around the world. He has also been involved a number of huge state occasions and broke massive news stories including the deaths of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and singer Michael Jackson.
Not content with appearing just on the UK television screens, he has been seen presenting a number of American shows including America This Morning and Top 30 (2017-2019), Explorer where he hiked through Yosemite National Park with President Barack Obama, and producing The Hustler in 2019.
A regular host for quiz, music and reality shows, his programmes include Eternal Glory (2015), Top of the Pops (2005), Show Me the Telly (2013), The Big Painting Challenge (2015) and Hidden Talent (2012). He is also a producer of TV hits This is My House (2021-2022) narrated by Stacey Dooley and I Literally Just Told You (2021), presented by Jimmy Carr.
He moved into ‘serious’ broadcasting as the host of The Big Breakfast, guest host of The Wright Stuff, Young Voters’ Question Time, This Morning and Good Morning Britain. He honed his interviewing skills with prime ministers, film stars, authors and comedians. When asked who a worthy successor would be, famous host and interviewer David Frost named Richard, saying he was one of the most stimulating interviewers working today.
As well as being a popular broadcaster for Radio 5 Live, Richard has worked for BBC Radio 6 Music, Talksport, BBC Radio 2 and LBC.
Richard has contributed writings to the likes of Esquire and The Sun, and has become a prolific ‘tweeter’ with his Twitter page having over 1.2 million followers. His debut book, A Series of Unrelated Events was released in 2013 and discussed the celebrations, trials and tribulations of his professional and personal life.
His personal life hit the news again after being diagnosed with ADHD in 2018, followed by a nine-day coma after fighting a lung infection. He is particularly keen on supporting medical and life-saving charities including the British Red Cross for their National Flood Appeal and international messaging services.
His previous corporate work include hosting the BBC Worldwide Showcase, the POPAI Awards, the T3 Gadget Awards, the Puig Fashion and Fragrance Awards, and spoke at the Action for Children Dinner in 2014.
Richard Bacon makes an excellent host and ambassador for a variety of corporate, public and private events. His charming nature and charismatic speaking style keeps audiences of any size enthralled, guaranteeing plenty of smiles and laughter with his contagious energy.
– Blue Peter
– TV Presenting
– Radio Broadcasting
– Scandal/Cancel Culture
– The Age of Social Media
– Charity Work
Richard was absolutely fantastic. So much positive feedback about how brilliant he was. He really understood the event and the audience so well.
BBC Worldwide, Showcase Event
He was a real pleasure to work with. He asked all the right questions in the initial briefing call which was extremely refreshing. He was really engaged throughout the whole process and full of enthusiasm for the event. His experience as a presenter meant that he perfectly judged the mood of the room and managed the pace of the awards presentation accordingly.