Richard’s career stretches from Blue Peter to 5 Live, The Big Breakfast to political discussion programmes. He’s hosted his own Beer & Pizza Club on ITV4, The Big Painting Challenge on BBC1, and Benefits Britain: The Debate, and appeared on Have I Got News for You, Loose Women, and The Thick of It.


Richard Bacon is a radio and television broadcaster and presenter who’s work has covered everything from children’s programmes to political debate to reality shows.

After an eventful early career on local radio and the short-lived L!VE TV, Richard made his name on Blue Peter, where he tried his hand at barefoot water-skiing, Arctic exploration and making a DVD-player out of a cardboard box, a piece of string and some sticky-back plastic. He famously left the programme under more sensational circumstances.

Richard went on to report for and then co-present Channel 4’s Big Breakfast. He also presented Top of the Pops and Get Staffed, before moving back to radio with BBC 5Live, and drivetime shows on Xfm and Capital FM. He returned to 5 Live for a four-year stint in the afternoons which established the mix of controversy, insight and humour for which he’s become known.

Amongst a bewildering list of TV credits, Richard has appeared on The Thick of It, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, Have I Got News For You, Psychoville, 10 O’Clock Live, Would I Lie to You, Loose Women, and This Week. He’s presented his own ITV4 show, Richard Bacon’s Beer & Pizza Club as well as The Big Painting Challenge on BBC1, The Big Idea for Sky and Young Voters' Question Time. He’s guest-presented The Wright Stuff and This Morning, and also presented shows on BBC 6Music and Radio 2.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH