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June Sarpong is an established ‘TV’ Presenter, who has an enjoyed a 20-year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic hosts. June is one of the only hosts of her generation that is equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public .In October 2019, Sarpong was appointed as the BBC's first Director of Creative Diversity.
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June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland, but it was when she started on Channel 4’s ‘T4’ that she became such a household name. She was one of the female faces on the show for 9 years, even interviewing Tony Blair for an exclusive special, ‘When Tony Met June’ in 2005, with unprecedented access to the then British Prime Minister.
June has taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. Not only this, June has interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and 50 Cent.
June has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles for ten years as an ambassador for his charity the Prince’s Trust, whilst campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest ever people to receive an MBE.
June is the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in New York in 2010, and then in the UK 2012. This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a wide range of industries, with previous speakers including Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi and Iman.
After living in America for 8 years, June moved back to her hometown of London in 2015, and appeared as a panellist on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’. She is now a regular panellist on Sky News’ new weekly current affairs discussion show, ‘The Pledge’.
In 2016, June was announced as the official ambassador for Superdrug’s Shades of Beauty campaign, to tackle product inequality in high street beauty, with the aim of making it more accessible for black and Asian women to shop affordably on the high street. June was also announced as part of the ‘Grazia Collective’, a line-up of brilliant women ambassadors.
In addition, June released her book ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration In Diversify’. In the book, June puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.
In 2019, June was appointed as Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC. As their first-ever Diversity Director, she will work to work to ensure that the BBC's content reflects the public they serve.