RTS award winning presenter Richie Anderson can be heard broadcasting to 8 million people every morning on the BBC Radio 2 Zoe Ball Breakfast show & recently took part in Strictly Come Dancing 2022. Even though he didn’t lift the glitterball, his infectious personality saw him invited back to present regular segments on Strictly spin off show ‘It Takes Two'. As well as doing the radio travel bulletins, Richie is a well-established and much-loved member of the Breakfast team and has interviewed a wide variety of guests and presented his own items. His role on the show led to him fronting his own Radio 2 series ‘Girl Bands v Boy Bands’ packed with exclusive interviews and pop legends. Richie also had the privilege of travelling to this year’s Eurovision song contest and speaking to music fans out and about in Turin, as part of BBC Radio 2’s coverage as Sam Ryder’s Space Man scored the UK’s best Eurovision result in 24 years. As a big Eurovision fan, the experience was out of this world.
Richie felt especially proud to be part of BBC One’s Platinum Jubilee coverage of the Party at the Palace, presenting live backstage stage with the stars in front of an audience of over 11 million...read more
In 2021, Richie was part of BBC Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge, out and about interviewing celebrities live from their back gardens such as Tim Peake, Rob Beckett and Sharleen Spiteri - these special features have been informative but with his usual wit and humour. To complement this, Richie also presented a bee special for BBC One’s Countryfile.
When he’s not reminiscing with Taylor Swift or rapping with Alesha Dixon on BBC 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.’
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 Daly as part of their Comic Relief Dance-a-thon, and he joined this year’s dancing legend, Sophie Ellis-Bextor as she danced around the clock for Children in Need.
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 in 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. He has also appeared on Richard Osman's House of Games, Pointless Celebrities, Celebrity Weakest Link, ITV 1 Saturday night gameshow Rolling in it; as well as being a live studio guest on BBC 2’s Strictly: It Takes Two.
On a Saturday afternoon, you will often find Richie on the terraces at The Hawthorns, cheering on his beloved football team West Bromwich Albion.