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Angela Rippon
Angela Rippon (Durdham Downs, Bristol, 1983) (363351929).jpg
Angela Rippon (1983)
Born 12 October 1944 (1944-10-12) (age 65)
Plymouth, Devon, England
Occupation Journalist, Newsreader, Presenter
Spouse(s) Christopher Dare (divorced)
Ethnicity English
Notable credit(s) BBC News
Eurovision Song Contest
Top Gear
Antiques Roadshow
Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting

Angela Rippon, OBE (born 12 October 1944, Plymouth, England, UK) is a well-known English television journalist, newsreader and newspresenter.



Her father was a Royal Marine, and she didn't see him until 1947 when he returned from World War II. Rippon attended a single-sex grammar school in Plymouth and was a Girl Guide.


Upon leaving school at age 17 she joined the photographic office of the Western Morning News and worked for the Sunday Independent. She then worked in BBC local radio and for Westward Television as an editor.


Her presenting career started at the BBC in Plymouth. She is often erroneously stated to have been the first female newsreader on prime-time television news, on BBC2 in 1974 (later presenting the BBC's Nine O'Clock News), but ITN's Barbara Mandell predated her, having first appeared on the second night of ITV in 1955, and Nan Winton was the first to do so on the BBC, in 1960. However, Rippon was the first female newsreader to hold the job on a regular basis.

She famously guest-starred in the 1976 Morecambe and Wise Christmas show, first appearing behind a newsdesk and then emerging to do a high-kicking dance routine. Her appearance was so popular she made a cameo appearance in the following year's show, in which she was revealed to be one of the members of a chorus line made up of female newsreaders. Rippon would later present the long-running show Come Dancing.

Also in 1977, she hosted the Eurovision Song Contest at The Wembley Conference Centre in the UK. According to The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the contest was postponed by over a month and finally broadcast on 7 May 1977. [1]

She was the first presenter of BBC Television's Top Gear motoring show. She appeared briefly on TV-am following its launch in 1983. After a much publicised exit from TV-am (with most of its other founder presenters), Rippon worked as an Arts and Entertainments Editor for Channel 7 television in Boston, Massachusetts for a brief period.

Rippon helped to present the BBC's coverage of the wedding between Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles on 29 July 1981. In the mid-1980s she hosted the TV quiz show, Masterteam on BBC One, then went on to host the ITV revival of the popular panel game What's My Line? from 1989 to 1990.

From 1990 to 1994 she presented a daily radio news programme on LBC Newstalk, Angela Rippon's Morning Report, and, later, Angela Rippon's Drivetime. She was also a regular stand-in newsreader on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast when regular newsreaders were on holiday or otherwise unavailable.

[[2004 - Rippon presented The Pink Professor Rose Awards - Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 5th July 2004. Awards given by Pink Professor Enterprises Limited and Co-hosted with Harkness Roses Limited in relation to animation project and short film (humorous philosophy for children of all ages). Website has celebrity photographs, BBC OB Radio Recording, and full details of Award recipients. Project has link with Channel Island and various celebrities on the team. The Pink Professor Rose and short animation film are available via]]

In 2005 she co-hosted a new series of Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting for BBC2 daytime. In April 2006 she toured the country as part of the cast of the musical Anything Goes.

Rippon presented Cash in the Attic for BBC One . The daytime television programme meets members of the general public in their homes searching for valuables and antiques to be sold at auction. Rippon, along with an antiques expert, presents the show with the owners at auction helping them to get the best price for their items.

She hosted a weekend news show called Live with Angela Rippon on the ITV News Channel. Angela Rippon also became a presenter in the 11th series of the show -Cash in the Attic, filmed in 2007.


In the early 1980s, Rippon wrote a series of children's books about a character called "Victoria Plum", for Purnell and Sons. The character was a tree fairy in "the Great Wood". Other fairy characters - Marsha, Ben, Sugar Plum - and talking woodland creatures inhabited the fictional universe. The series spawned related merchandise and a Christmas annual.[2]

She has since written keep-fit guides for older people, including Stay Active, Stay Supple, Stay Healthy, and Feel Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond: A Survival Guide.[3]

Equestrianism is another of her interests, and she wrote a book on Princess Anne's first husband called Mark Phillips: the man and his horses.


The song "Mucky Pup" by Puncture, an English punk band, has an allusion to her in the last verse of the song (this song was covered by the Exploited on their first album "Punk's Not Dead"). [4]

The English anarcho-punk band, Crass, has a song devoted to Rippon on their 1984 album, Best Before. The one minute track addresses Rippon and other contemporary English newsreaders (Robert Dougal, Kenneth Kendal and Richard Baker) and seems to be reacting to the public figures' tactics of conveying information, asserting that such tactics may have been false or biased to a certain degree.

Rippon is also mentioned in the lyrics of the Billy Bragg song, "A Busy Girl Buys Beauty" from the album Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy. The lyrics include the couplet: "What was Anna Ford wearing?/What did Angela Rippon say?"

There was also a Skinhead band from Thurrock, Essex called Angela Rippon's Bum which released some singles as well as appearing on numerous compilation albums.

Old Time Dance

Angela Rippon is patron of the Old Time Dance Society. She recently attended the Society's 25th Anniversary Ball of the Year. Photos of her dancing at this event can be found on the Society's website. [5]

English National Ballet

In 2000, Rippon was appointed Chairwoman of the English National Ballet, following several years of involvement with the organisation. She was forced to step down in the Autumn of 2003, following a series of complaints and briefings about her leadership style, which was described by some as "schoolmistressy" and "imperious". [6]

Personal life

Rippon was formerly married to Christopher Dare.


Rippon was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2004.[7]

See also


  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History (2007). UK: Carlton Books (ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3)
  2. ^ entry for "Victoria Plum Annual by Angela Rippon", accessed 19 December 2007
  3. ^ search for "Angela Rippon"
  4. ^ Exploited - Mucky Pup Lyrics
  5. ^ Old Time Dance Society
  6. ^ Rippon's future at ENB in doubt
  7. ^ "Angela Rippon OBE". Retrieved 2009-10-15.  

External links

2004 Angela Rippon - photographs presenting The Pink Professor Rose Awards at Royal Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - animation project

Preceded by
Bruce Parker
Host of Antiques Roadshow
Succeeded by
Arthur Negus
Preceded by
Corry Brokken
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
Succeeded by
Léon Zitrone and Denise Fabre

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