Richard Bacon is a broadcaster, journalist and author. After a hugely successful stint on Radio Five Live’s 10pm-1am 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 all enjoy being grilled by him. When asked recently in an interview who he felt would be a worthy successor, David Frost named Richard Bacon as one of the “most stimulating interviewers working today”.
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 and he has even appeared as himself in an episode of The Thick of It.
Richard is a regular host for quiz and music shows and has also presented a number of factual documentaries. In 2012 Richard presented Hidden Talent for Channel 4, a BBC documentary from Camp Bastion - Prince Harry; Frontline Afghanistan - and he wrote and presented The Anti-Social Network for BBC3.
Richard spent his formative years on Blue Peter. He was the first children’s presenter ever to be fired – overnight he went 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, Capital FM and XFM
He 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 on May 23rd 2013. It charts his chaotic life, which has seem him make not infrequent visits to Charing Cross road police station, beaten up in a pub toilet and crowned number 1 in the NME's rundown of the most 'useless people in the United Kingdom', just ahead of David Cameron.
He is married and in 2010 had his first child, Arthur... who will not be allowed to read his Dad's book.