Veteran Rippon makes headlines 
with lifetime achievement award

Angela Rippon

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Television presenter Angela Rippon has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at an event recognising women in broadcasting.

The 69-year-old, who presents BBC1’s Rip-Off Britain, collected her prize from BBC director-general Tony Hall at the Sky Women in Film and TV (WFTV) Awards in London.

She said: “It’s fantastic to be getting this award, especially coming from women in film and television because these are my colleagues and my peers.

“For women there have been huge strides forward, we now have women in jobs that were previously considered to be purely the domain of men. Women have just done what I always knew they could do and what they always knew they could do, which is demonstrate that they are there on merit, that they are as good if not in some cases better than some of the men they work against.

“They are given the jobs they’re given because they are really good at what they do and they’re taking their absolute rightful place on screen and behind the screen as major women of influence.”

Other winners at the event included actress Sheridan Smith who took the best performance award for her portrayal of great train robber Ronnie Biggs’s wife Charmian in ITV drama Mrs 
Biggs.

And the academic Mary Beard, who has worked on many historical documentary series, took the best presenter award at the 23rd annual awards event, staged at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

Rippon was the first regular female newsreader on national television in the UK, beginning her journalism career more than half a century ago and becoming a recognisable figure in the 1970s.

She memorably showed her lighter side by dancing on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas special in 1976.

She has gone on to present an array of programmes.

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