Among the longest-serving active presenters at the BBC, Garry Richardson has been host of the Today show on BBC Radio 4 for 37 out of the 43 years he has been with the BBC. He also presented Sportweek on Sunday morning for 20 years until 2019.
Blessed with a quick-wit, charm and a penchant for broadcast, Garry has become one of the most recognisable voices of the airwaves over the years. An intelligent current affairs and sports reporter who offers smart observations, Garry has earned a reputation as a top-level journalist. It is not only the airwaves that have seen him become a national treasure, as his appearances on the after dinner events circuit have made him a sought-after speaker.
He has performed and spoken for the likes of HSBC, Porsche, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the National Farmers Union, British Airways and plenty more in over 32 years of speaking events. A dedicated and industrious speaker, Garry inspires a sense of awe from audiences due to his distinguished career in broadcasting. Often known for being a direct and almost aggressive interviewer in the style of Jeremy Paxman, Garry is respected at all levels.
Garry has been at the centre of some of the most high-profile interviews in the world of politics and sport over the years. He famously interviewed former South African president, Nelson Mandela and US president, Bill Clinton in the Royal Box at Wimbledon in front of 18,000 revellers. Other interviewees include Muhammad Ali, Bobby Moore, Sir Richard Attenborough, David Beckham, Tiger Woods and Ronnie Barker. In his career, he has covered seven Olympic Games’ and appeared regularly as the on-field interviewer at Wimbledon.
A master of self-deprecating humour and an expert at catering for all manner of audiences, Garry offers hilarious stories, as well as insightful background details of life in the media that are well-received by audiences. Beginning BBC life as a tea boy prior to 1981, Garry built his career from the ground up, quickly establishing himself as a sports reporter on Today. Garry presented his final episode of Sportsweek in September 2019, after 850 episodes to his name and over 20 years as host of the show. He continues to present Today, making him one of the longest-serving presenters in the history of the BBC.
To book Garry Richardson as the radio presenter for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:
When he’s at corporate events, Garry is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Overcoming Adversity
- TV & Radio Presenting
See what people had to say about Garry at corporate events, here:
“We have received only positive feedback from the delegates, all bar none enjoyed your excellent speech” – Brian Anderson, Mercedes Benz.
“He immediately got the crowd laughing and kept us well entertained with his anecdotes and observations. A truly accomplished speaker, it was a performance myself and others have rarely seen bettered” – Paul Watkins, Tesco
“Garry was excellent hitting just the right note to appeal not just to the sportsmen but to the non-sports minded as well” – Jill Graham , The Fleet Street Club.
“He gave a fantastic speech and a number of our participants described him as an inspired choice” – Petro- Canada
“Your contribution set the atmosphere for the event perfectly” – The Teaching Awards
“ The tone of your speech its length and content were perfect and it was enjoyed immensely by everyone” – Association of Electoral Administrators
“Just a quick note to say a massive thank you for joining us for our Awards Dinner last night, you did a really fantastic job and the feedback from everyone I’ve spoken to has been very positive. You pitched your stories perfectly for our audience and also did a great job delivering the more formal awards script. It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you again for helping to make the evening such a great success.” – Whitbread PLC