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Richard Bacon
Born Richard Paul Bacon
30 November 1975 (1975-11-30) (age 34)
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Occupation TV/Radio presenter
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca McFarlane (2008-present)

Richard Paul Bacon (born 30 November 1975)[1] is an English television and radio presenter. From October 2007 to December 2009 he was the presenter of the late night show weekdays on BBC Radio 5 Live, and will present the station's afternoon show from January 2010.



Bacon grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and went to St Peter's CE Primary School on Bellamy Road, then the independent school Worksop College. His father, Paul, is a partner in a firm of solicitors, established in Mansfield in 1966 and is a former President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society. His mother is still a Governor of his old primary school, and Mansfield correspondent for Radio Nottingham. He briefly began university as a Politics student but dropped out. Bacon's first job in the media was as a reporter for BBC Radio Nottingham, notably on the programme The Beat, for which he interviewed Nicole Kidman.[1] In February 1996, Bacon joined L!VE TV as reporter, which saw him being banned from the State Opening of Parliament and having a beer thrown at him by Damon Albarn as he tried to interview him leaving a nightclub.[1]


Blue Peter

Bacon's break was as a presenter on the children's show Blue Peter, joining on 21 February 1997.[1] Bacon presented with Romana D'Annunzio, Katy Hill, Konnie Huq and Stuart Miles.[1] He was the programme's first ever presenter to have his contract terminated in mid-season, on 19 October 1998,[1] after the tabloid newspaper News of the World published a report of Bacon taking cocaine. By this time his tenure had lasted just over 18 months. After his dismissal the then Head of BBC children's programmes, Lorraine Heggessey, went on air to explain the situation to CBBC viewers.[1]

After Blue Peter

Bacon's career survived the setback and he has since presented such shows as The Big Breakfast (with Amanda Byram), Top of the Pops, and the reality TV show Back To Reality. He was previously a presenter on radio stations BBC7 and Capital FM, in addition to presenting the previous shows he had held at Xfm London. He left XFM at the end of March 2007 to pursue other broadcasting interests, including presenting BBC3's Castaway Exposed and returning to Fighting Talk.

Bacon also hosted ITV's This Morning during the summer of 2005, with Denise van Outen, while regular presenters Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton were on their holidays.

Bacon is also noted for an incident in August 2005, when the band The Magic Numbers walked out of the BBC show Top of the Pops after he made a joke which was perceived to be about the body shape of members of the band; during rehearsals, he referred to the band as a "big, fat melting pot of talent".[2]

Bacon's most recent television appearances include guest appearances on BBC's Newsnight, Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, the narration of BBC Three's Annoying Pop Songs We Love To Hate, Annoying Pop Moments We Love To Hate, and guest hosting The Wright Stuff on Five the week commencing 19 November 2007, in March 2008 and the month of August 2008. Also in March and October 2008, and in February 2009 he stood in for Something for the Weekend's presenter Tim Lovejoy on the BBC Two Sunday morning magazine programme.

Bacon presented BBC Radio 5 Live's Kung fu Fighting Talk – Any Other Business (a politically oriented spin-off from the same station's topical sports show, Fighting Talk) in December 2006, having presented a current affairs phone-in show for the station two years previously. In 2007, he made a cameo appearance in Hotel Babylon playing himself and hiring escort girls to play Scrabble with him all night.

Bacon now enjoys a radio career having presented drive time shows on Capital FM and the British indie-pop radio station Xfm. Since January 2010 he has been the regular presenter of the mid afternoon show weekdays on BBC Radio 5 Live, where he has also presented a variety of programmes over the last few years, including the late night programme. where Richard's signature at the end of every programme wass "Goodnight Great Britain, wherever you are", effectively a copy of the sign off of Jack Killian played by Gary Cole, the main character in the NBC television series Midnight Caller . Killian ended each show with the words "Good night America...wherever you are."

He played himself in the episode "Video Killed the Radio Star" of the TV series FM in March 2009 and again in an episode of The Thick of It in November 2009.

He is a celebrity supporter of the British Red Cross where he is interested in their National Flood Appeal and international messaging services.[3]

On December 5th 2009, Bacon became the first and only Tin Joinee in "Join Me", the group established by Danny Wallace, at Karmageddon 7.


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Preceded by
Tim Vincent
Blue Peter Presenter No. 25
Succeeded by
Simon Thomas
Preceded by
XFM Drivetime Presenter
Succeeded by
Paul Tonkinson


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