Garry Richardson has been a mainstay at the BBC for 45 years.
Garry is best known for his witty sports reports and interviews on Radio 4’s prestigious ‘Today‘ programme.
Garry has featured on the programme for the past 38 years and is now the longest-serving member of the team.
A new venture in 2019 will see Garry appearing on stage in a show called “Wireless Wise” where he will be teaming up with other broadcasters including Sir Richard Stilgoe, Barry Cryer, Alistair McGowan and Reverend Richard Coles.
He also presents ‘Sportsweek‘ on Radio 5 Live and has also presented his own comedy show – ‘Look Away Now‘.
He is a regular contributor on BBC Television and has reported on 7 Olympics for the BBC.
In 2007, Garry was awarded radio’s equivalent of an Oscar – a ‘Sony Gold Award‘ for his ‘Sportsweek’ programme.
He has also won ‘Best Sports Magazine Programme‘ from the National Union of Journalists.
Garry Richardson – After-Dinner Speaker:
Garry’s speech is an entertaining mixture of stories and anecdotes from his life in broadcasting, which includes a selection of his most notable interviews such as the time he interviewed President Bill Clinton in Wimbledon’s royal box, in front of 18,000 tennis fans sitting under umbrellas and 10 million viewers on BBC 1!
Garry has interviewed the ‘Who’s Who’ of sport and showbusiness including Muhammad Ali, Sir Stanley Matthews, Tiger Woods, Ben Stiller, Serena Williams, Ronnie Barker, David Beckham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ken Dodd, John McEnroe, plus many many more…
Garry was once given a ‘friendly punch’ by Nelson Mandela and was nearly ‘shot down’ in an army helicopter while flying over a war zone. These are stories that are guaranteed to captivate any audience
Over the past three decades, Garry Richardson has performed to an extensive mixture of clients on the after-dinner circuit. He believes that his popularity as a speaker is down to his material.
“All audiences will contain sports fans, and even if you are not a sports fan, my stories are so general it doesn’t matter.”
Garry is in great demand as an after-dinner speaker at corporate dinners up and down the U.K. The range of clients Garry has spoken to come from just about every profession.
They include HSBC, Barclays, Coutts, Bank of Ireland, KPMG, Deloitte, Porsche, Mercedes, British Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Tesco, British Health Care, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineers Contractors Association, British Health Care, National Farmers Union.
Garry will sometimes speak to just a handful of guests while on other occasions audiences are much larger. For example, he appeared on consecutive nights at the Grosvenor House Great Room entertaining 1200 guests at each dinner.
“A truly accomplished speaker, it was a performance myself and others have rarely seen bettered”
Paul Watkins – Tesco
At the Chemical Industries Dinner, he received a standing ovation. Chief Executive Steve Elliott commented. “I have had many favourable comments with a Tory Front Bencher saying it was the most original and entertaining speech he had ever heard.”
The following night at the Grosvenor, Garry addressed the Oil Industries Cub. The Secretary of the club wrote afterwards to say “One of the best and funniest speakers we have ever had the applause at the end showed the appreciation. I hope you leave a few spaces in your diary for a return visit”.
2019 will mark Garry Richardson’s 33rd year as one of the country’s funniest after dinner speakers.
Garry is also available for awards hosting and conference facilitating.