Garry Richardson has been a broadcaster for the BBC for over 30 years.
He is best known as the sports presenter on Radio Four’s prestigious “Today” programme. He also presents “Sportsweek” on Five Live every Sunday morning (for which he won a Gold Sony – the radio equivalent to the Oscars – in March 2007) and is the chair of comedy sports quiz “Look Away Now” which is broadcast in the 6.30pm comedy slot on Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Television.
However, Garry’s big love is performing on the after dinner circuit and 2007 will mark his 21st year as one of the country’s funniest speakers. Garry’s speech is a rich mixture of stories and anecdotes about his life in broadcasting including his incredible interview with President Bill Clinton in Wimbledon’s royal box, in front of 18 thousand tennis fans sitting under umbrellas and 10 million viewers on BBC 1.
During the past 22 years Garry has performed to a wide range of clients on the after dinner circuit and has been booked on no less than on 9 occasions by the Institute of Directors. He has also spoken at 4 dinners in the Directors dining room at Coutts bank and has been booked by Coutts again this year. Other clients have included the AA, Audi, AT and T, BA, Tesco, KPMG, IMechE, IBM, Society of Chartered Accountants, Institution of Lighting Engineers and Savills Estate Agents to name but a few!
Garry believes that his popularity as a speaker is down to his routine. As he says “All audiences will contain sports fans but even if you are not a sports fan my stories are so general it doesn’t matter” This point is underlined by an appearance for the National School Bursars Association where 80% of the audience out of 250 were women. The organisation were so delighted with Garry’s performance they booked him for their for their national event.