Angela started her journalistic career in newspapers in Devon and later became an established TV reporter/presenter with BBC Plymouth’s Spotlight programme (1966 – 1969). She also presented on BBC Points West (dates TBC).
Westward headhunted her to edit and present its new women’s interest programming. She edited a new programme for women, Open House, and also produced some children’s programming, including Young Eyes, which gave fellow WTV presenter David Rodgers his big break on TV.
Angela was also seconded to report and present for Westward Diary and stayed with the company for four years before leaving to pursue a high profile national broadcasting career.
She moved to London and joined BBC TV as a home reporter (1973 – 1975), before moving into newsreading (August 1974 – January 1981). She resented BBC TV’s The Antiques Roadshow (1980 – 1981). She helped set up TV-am as one of the original ‘Famous Five’, but left after a bitter boardroom battle shortly after the company started in 1983.
Afterwards she worked for a while in America and returned to the UK to present a wide range of programmes, including quiz shows and holiday programmes. From 1988 until 1991 she presented the long-running Come Dancing series and more recently has reported for the BBC TV’s Watchdog Healthcheck. She presented Angela Rippon’s Morning Report on LBC radio in London (1990 – 1994).
And who could ever forget that famous dancing sketch on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in the late-1970s?
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