Award winning Richie Anderson can be heard broadcasting to 9 million people every morning on the Radio 2 Breakfast show with Zoe Ball. He recently took part in this years 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 £877,000.
Famous for his eccentric travel bulletins, he always has guests in stitches. Since joining the show in January, Richie has interviewed Taylor Swift, danced with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daley as part of The Comic Relief Dance-a-thon, rapped for Alesha Dixon and broadcast live from Glastonbury.
Richie won an RTS Award, 'Best Short-Form Presenter' and was nominated for 'Outstanding New Talent' for his One Show film on homophobia in football - which saw him bravely come out as gay to his Sunday morning football team. The short film 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 also fronted a BBC One Inside Out film on Millwall FC's violent past.
Richie graduated with a degree in Journalism from The University of Leeds. He then 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
For the last few years Richie has pushed himself with endurance challenges to raise tens-of-thousands of pounds for Children in Need and Sport Relief. Challenges included a 250 mile tandem bike ride, a 5-day 125 mile multi-sport challenge; that included walking, kayaking, running, horse riding and cycling across the Midlands. He was joined by sportsmen from Stoke City, Wasps and Worcester Warriors along the way. He even endured a 24 hour non-stop karaoke – it’s harder than you think!
Richie continues to present his radio show for his native West Midlands radio station BBC WM. His 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.