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1st April 2010, 4:04pm
Angela Rippon appointed Visiting Professor at Lincoln
Angela Rippon Angela Rippon, who became the BBC’s first regular woman newsreader in 1976 and was awarded an OBE for her services to broadcasting in 2004, has been appointed Visiting Professor of Consumer Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

Miss Rippon recently presented a series of BBC One consumer affairs programmes entitled Rip Off Britain with Jennie Bond and Gloria Hunniford. The series investigated the sharp practices of some of the leading High Street names.

She has covered a wide range of assignments during her broadcasting career: she was the first presenter of the BBC’s Top Gear and presented the BBC’s coverage of the wedding between Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles on 29 July 1981. She hosted the ITV revival of the popular panel game What’s My Line? from 1985 to 1988 and later hosted Masterteam on BBC One.

From 1990 to 1994 she presented a daily radio news programme on LBC, Breakfast with Angela Rippon and, later, Angela Rippon’s Drivetime. She was also a regular newsreader on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast. More recently she has hosted a weekend news show for ITV, Live with Angela Rippon. She has also written a series of children’s books, a number of keep-fit guides for older people and a biography of Prince Anne’s first husband, Mark Phillips.

Other Visiting Professors at the Lincoln School of Journalism are Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs, Bridget Kendall, BBC diplomatic correspondent, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, broadcaster and Independent columnist, Phillip Knightley, the award-winning, investigative reporter, and Mike Jempson, director of the media ethics campaigning body, MediaWise.

Professor Richard Lance Keeble from the Lincoln School of Journalism commented: “Angela Rippon is recognised internationally as an outstanding journalist and we are delighted to establish this link with her. She is keen to help us in our teaching programme and I am sure the students will benefit enormously from her experience and enthusiasm.”

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