Award winning Richie Anderson can be heard broadcasting to 9 million people every morning on the Radio 2 Breakfast show with Zoe Ball, and is famous for his eccentric travel bulletins. You may have also caught Richie stepping in for Zoe Ball on her breakfast show, where he did the first exclusive interview with the winner of this last year’s Great British Bake Off. Richie is also a regular face on The One Show, travelling the country as their roving Current Affairs presenter, and has hosted various VT’s for BBC One's Inside Out London.
Not only known for excellent hosting abilities, Richie’s most creditable film about homophobia in football won him an RTS Award for 'Best Short-Form Presenter' and saw him nominated for 'Outstanding New Talent.' The film saw him bravely come out as gay to his Sunday morning football team. It received a large amount of media attention and was picked up by national newspapers in 25 countries around the world including France, USA, Germany and Israel. It’s since been viewed online millions of times.
Richie graduated with a degree in Journalism from The University of Leeds. He went on to host red carpet coverage live from The BBC Music Awards in Birmingham for Radio 5Live, interviewing the likes of Little Mix, One Direction, Rod Stewart and Years & Years. Following that, he presented the live BBC School Report show on BBC One red button with popstar Joe Jonas...read more
Richie loves his pop bands. In fact, it was even his specialist subject on BBC One's Celebrity Masterminds. In a dream come true scenario, Richie fronted his own live Radio 2 show, 'Richie Anderson’s Boy bands vs Girl bands', last Christmas, packed with live interviews and a host of famous faces. Richie has also hosted album launch parties for some of this country’s biggest popstars including Spice Girls’ Melanie C and Louise Redknapp, at packed out venues such as the Clapham Grand in front of live audiences. Since joining Radio 2, he has interviewed Taylor Swift, rapped for Alesha Dixon and danced with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daley as part of The Comic Relief Dance-a-thon.
For the last few years Richie has pushed himself takin part in endurance challenges to raise tens-of-thousands of pounds for Children in Need and Sport Relief. Challenges included a 250 mile tandem bike ride and a 5-day 125 mile multi-sport challenge that included walking, kayaking, running, horse riding and cycling across the Midlands, where he was joined by sportsmen from Stoke City, Wasps and Worcester Warriors along the way. Last year, he took part in BBC Radio 2's Sport Relief Challenge, alongside Jo Whiley and Reverend Kate Bottley, where the trio took on freezing cold open water swims, punishing cycle routes and energy sapping runs, starting in Cardiff, then on to Glasgow and finished in Manchester for Sport Relief 2020's Night of Television. In total they raised an amazing £877,000. Not stopping at extreme sport challenges, he has aslo even endured a 24 hour non-stop karaoke event for charity – it’s harder than you think!
Richie's main interests include football – he is a massive West Bromwich Albion supporter, cooking, tennis and music. He also trained in ballet, modern dance and tap when he was younger.