Angela Rippon CBE

One of a kind

Angela Rippon, a renowned British broadcaster, has left an indelible mark on the world of journalism and television. Born in Plymouth on October 12, 1944, Angela began her career on the local newspaper the Western Morning News where she was indentured for three years on a photo journalism course. Her journey into broadcasting started after being invited by BBC Plymouth for an interview.  On a day off from the newspaper she delivered her first report which began with the words:

  "Oysters are about to become big business for Saltash"...

and for this she was paid the sum of six pounds ten shillings (£6.50)     

This was on the 5th September 1966 and after completing her newspaper indenture joined BBC Plymouth full time working across radio and television. Later in the 60's she was head-hunted by Westward Television as producer and presenter developing skills across different programme genres.

Watch an interview with Angela in 1981 below:

Back to BBC Plymouth and her early reporting encompassed many situations from dramatic news events to lighter people orientated interviews    

A serious moment while on a Torrey Canyon shoot in 1967

A happier moment when the shoot had finished!

A Character Interview


The BBC Plymouth team of Angela, Fern and Gillian in 1982

Angela's breakthrough came in 1975 when she became the first female full-time newsreader on British national television, a milestone moment that solidified her status as a trailblazer for women in media. Her poised and articulate delivery captivated audiences, earning her widespread admiration and respect. She has always kept a Westcountry connection and in the 1970's and 1980's visited BBC Plymouth regularly to present and produce general features programmes.

Throughout her career, Angela has excelled in a variety of roles, from hosting popular television programs to delving into investigative journalism. Her versatility and professionalism have made her a beloved figure in the British broadcasting landscape.

Beyond her contributions to journalism, she is also known for her philanthropic endeavors and advocacy for various causes, including dementia awareness and animal welfare.

Today, Angela Rippon continues to inspire generations with her remarkable career and unwavering commitment to excellence in broadcasting and public service.