RTS award winning Richie Anderson can be heard broadcasting to 9 million people every morning on the Radio 2 Breakfast show with Zoe Ball. As well as doing the travel bulletins, he has interviewed a variety of guests and fronted his own items, which culminated in him fronting his own series of programmes on Radio 2 this year, ‘Girl Bands v Boy Bands’ packed with exclusive interviews and pop legends.
Also a bee enthusiast, he is currently part of Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge. On the breakfast show he’s been out and about interviewing celebrities live from their back gardens such as Tim Peake, Rob Beckett and Sharleen Spiteri finding out how we can all make our gardens more pollinator friendly – these special features have been informative but with Richie’s usual wit and humour. You’ll have also seen his passion for bees on the telly too! He presented a bee special for BBC One’s Countryfile...read more
When he’s not reminiscing with Taylor Swift or rapping with Alesha Dixon on Radio 2 Richie can also be seen on BBC’s The One Show. A regular presenter on the show, Richie has fronted an array of VT’s from hard hitting topical stories to light-hearted comedy VT’s. One of his films, which saw him bravely come out as gay to his Sunday league football team saw him pick up an RTS Award for 'Best Short-Form Presenter’ and be nominated for 'Outstanding New Talent.’
Richie graduated with a degree in Journalism from The University of Leeds. He cut his teeth hosting live red carpet coverage at The BBC Music Awards Birmingham interviewing the likes of Little Mix, One Direction, Rod Stewart and Years & Years, and has hosted album launch parties for Melanie C and Louise Redknapp. You may have also caught him flexing his pop band knowledge on BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind – his specialist subject was pop girl group, The Saturdays.
In 2020 Richie raised a whopping £877,000 for BBC Radio 2’s Sport Relief Challenge alongside Jo Whiley and Reverend Kate Bottley. The trio took on freezing cold open water swims, punishing cycle routes and energy sapping runs from Cardiff to Glasgow and ending in Manchester. Richie has also danced with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daley as part of The Comic Relief Dance-a-thon.
On a Saturday afternoon, you will often find Richie on the terraces at The Hawthorns, cheering on his beloved football team West Bromwich Albion.
Richie was a contestant on Stephen Mulhern’s ITV 1 Saturday night gameshow Rolling in it, where he took on Jo Brand and Will Mellor.