Andy Akinwolere is a versatile broadcaster who has made the leap from Blue Peter to being the BBC’s new face of investigative journalism in the West Midlands.
During his 5 years on Blue Peter, Andy was pushed to his limits, spurred on by a personal quest to conquer his fears of heights and water. He not only bungee jumped from a helicopter, 11,000 feet over Santa Monica, but also trained to become a qualified sky diving instructor. In his final year at Blue Peter, Andy set a new world record for the deepest location for an open water swim by battling more than 5 miles over the Palau Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the first person to do so. This incredible feet of endurance was made more significant due to Andy’s phobia of deep water and the fact he only learnt to swim 10 weeks prior to the challenge.
Andy’s natural aptitude for sport led him to report on the London Mini-marathon and commentate on the South African World Cup for CBBC. Andy played a central role throughout the London Olympics, where he was the main host for the Olympic torch relay. This included a 70 day tour road show for LOCOG, which gave him the chance to interview some of the country’s greatest sportsmen and women including Daley Thompson, Lennox Lewis and Torvill & Dean.
Andy is a diverse presenter and has fronted several factual shows for the BBC including Teens From A Small Island, Stammer School and his personal favourite, World Olympic Dreams – for which he travelled to Jamaica to investigate why Jamaicans run so fast and interviewed sprinting superstar Usain Bolt. He has recently been announced as the new presenter of BBC current affairs strand, Inside Out, presenting investigative factual stories for the West Midlands edition of the strand.
Andy has appeared on shows such as The Great Comic Relief Bake Off (BBC2) and The Great British Banquet (BBC2). He has also reported for The Gabby Logan Show (Channel 5), presented The 100 Greatest Toys for Channel 4 and currently hosts ITV’s Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge.
Chairman, Palace for Life Foundation & Former Chairman, UK Athletics
Chairman, Ofcom & Former Chairman of Channel 4 & Santander
Ocean Rower and Environmental Advocate
Professor of Journalism