Richard Bacon is a broadcaster, journalist and author. After a hugely successful stint on Radio Five Live’s evening slot, he was given the station’s prime time daily afternoon show. Richard has become known for his unique interviewing style, warm, inquisitive, entertaining and no-nonsense. Prime Ministers, film stars, authors, comedians were all regular prominent parts of his show. The programme reached two million listeners a day. When asked recently in his final newspaper interview who he felt would be a worthy successor, David Frost named Richard.
Richard is a regular host of quiz and music shows and has presented a number of factual documentaries. In April 2015 he presented Panorama: Who Will Win the Election? (BBC 1) which saw Richard accompany renowned statistician Nate Silver around the UK in an attempt to predict the result of the general election. In 2013 he hosted the game show Show Me The Telly for ITV and earlier this year chaired Benefits Britain: The Live Debate for Channel 4. In November 2014 Richard hosted How Rich Are You (Channel 4) assessing the growing gap between rich and poor in the UK. In autumn 2015, he presented 30 Something, a new 12 part interview series for AOL, and Eternal Glory for ITV1.
In recent years Richard has presented Hidden Talent for Channel 4, a BBC documentary from Camp Bastion about Prince Harry called Frontline Afghanistan and wrote and presented The Anti-Social Network (BBC3) on Internet trolls which was shown around the world. In early 2015 Richard hosted the The Big Picture for BBC1, a cornerstone of the new primetime schedule.
He has covered huge events and state occasions and been on air to break massive news stories including the death of Margaret Thatcher and Michael Jackson. His rolling coverage of the 7/7 London Underground bombings won Capital Radio the Sony Radio Gold award for breaking news.
He has appeared as himself in both The Thick of It and alongside Matthew Perry in Jon Ronson’s The Dog Thrower.
Richard spent his formative years on Blue Peter. He was the first children’s presenter ever to be fired – going overnight from being a successful children’s television presenter that nobody had heard of, to an unsuccessful children’s television presenter that everyone had heard of.
He moved into ‘grown up’ broadcasting, hosting The Big Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, and drive time on both Capital FM and XFM
Richard has written frequently for publications including Esquire and The Sun, and over the past few years he has become a prolific tweeter; his twitter page currently has 1.5 million followers.
His first book, A Series of Unrelated Events was published by Century Press.
Richard’s most recent work includes Explorer, a new current affairs chat show format, filmed in New York for National Geographic channel in the US which was broadcast in 170 countries around the world, including the UK.