Angela Rippon

Speakers [2019]

Angela Rippon has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for over 50 years. The career of this award-winning journalist has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both radio and television for both Commercial and BBC stations in Britain, America and Australia.

The scope and quality of her work has been recognised by the Royal Television Society who entered her into their Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2002 she was voted European Woman of Achievement and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to Broadcasting, Charity and the Arts. Angela was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to dementia care in her role as development lead with Dementia Friendly Communities.

Trained as a journalist in her home town of Plymouth, Angela worked for both BBC Plymouth and the ITV station Westward Television before joining BBC National News in 1973. She was appointed the first woman journalist newsreader in l975 and made two memorable appearances in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Shows.

Angela was a founder member of the commercial breakfast service TV-am in 1982 and in 1984 moved to America to work for CBS in Boston.

She has presented a wide variety of programmes from hard news and current affairs, to quiz shows and magazine programmes for both BBC and Commercial radio and television. Titles include Come Dancing; Top Gear, the Antiques Roadshow, Masterteam, Crufts Championship and The Holiday Programme.

She currently presents BBC’s Rip-Off Britain and reports for The One Show on BBC One reporting from various locations across the UK. She also presented BBC One’s Holiday Hit Squad which returned for a second series in Spring 2014.

Angela has also presented the highly acclaimed BBC One programme How to Stay Young. In the first series Angela investigated how we can keep our brains and bodies fit and healthy. Angela also presented the second series where she investigated the latest experiments and research that could help put the brakes on the ageing process. Angela also presented the BBC One documentary, The Truth About Dementia, which saw her go on a very personal investigation looking into the little-known brain disease.

In 2017, Angela championed Alexander Flemings discovery of antibiotics as Britain’s Greatest Invention as she battled 7 celebrities live on BBC Two.

She remains committed to a number of charities, including the British Red Cross of which she is Vice President. Angela travelled to Kenya for Comic Relief and was part of the Famous, Rich and in the Slums BBC One programme.

Angela has written 14 books, the most recent being Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond.