Richard Bacon, recently announced as host of National Geographic’s Explorer, is a broadcaster, journalist and author. For seven years, Richard hosted a daily current affairs and interview talk show on BBC Radio 5 Live to a daily audience of 2 million. He regularly hosts BBC Radio Two’s drive time show, which attracts an audience of 6 million. He will soon launch an interview podcast produced by Embassy Row called Why Are You More Successful Than Me?, which is hosted in front of a live audience. Richard is known for his unique interviewing style; warm, incisive, funny, entertaining, no-nonsense… Prime Ministers, film stars, authors, scientists, economists, comedians all enjoy being quizzed by him. When asked in his final newspaper interview who he felt would be a worthy successor, David Frost named Richard Bacon.
Richard is a regular host of quiz and music shows and has presented a number of factual documentaries. Last year, Richard hosted the primetime ITV game show Eternal Glory and BBC1’s recently recommissioned The Big Picture. In 2014 he chaired Benefits Britain: The Live Debate for Channel 4 and a show on income inequality called How Rich Are You?. In recent years he has also presented Hidden Talent (Channel 4) a BBC documentary from Camp Bastion about Prince Harry called Frontline Afghanistan. He wrote and presented The Anti-Social Network (BBC3) on Internet trolls which was shown around the world.
He has covered huge events, state occasions, royal weddings, general elections, US presidential elections and been on air to break massive news stories including the deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Michael Jackson. He is the co-anchor of ABC News’ rolling streaming coverage of the US 2016 election, starting with Super Tuesday. In August, Richard co-anchored BBC1’s live coverage of the 70th anniversary of VJ day. Last year, Richard made a primetime documentary for BBC1 with Nate Silver of 538 in which they tried to predict the outcome of the British general election. They, er, got it wrong. His rolling presentation of the 7/7 London Underground bombings won Capital Radio the Sony Radio Gold award for breaking news.
An episode of the renowned BBC sitcom The Thick of It (the UK version of Veep) was based around and starred Richard. He also appeared alongside Matthew Perry in Jon Ronson’s The Dog Thrower.
Richard spent his formative years in the late 1990s on the world’s longest running kid’s TV show, Blue Peter. He was the famously the first 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 everybody had heard of (it was quite a big scandal).
He moved into ‘grown up’ broadcasting, hosting The Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops, BBC 6 Music and drive time on 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 in May 2013.