Filipino BBC anchor Rico Hizon now live from London
by FFE PH News Staff
It has been more than a decade since broadcast journalist Rico Hizon started working for BBC World News in their Singapore newsroom, making his kababayans proud for being the very first Filipino anchor in the international news channel. But more good news has just arrived on Hizon’s doorstep as he makes a presenter swap and will soon be live from London.
Hizon, a broadcast journalism and business graduate at the De La Salle University, started presenting the business and finance programme Asia Business Report in 2002. Prior to that, he had started presenting BBC Newsday in June 2011 with Sharanjit Leyl in Singapore and Kasa Madera and Babita Sharma in London.
Based in Singapore all these years, Hizon recently moved to London this week for a presenter swap with co-anchor Babita Sharma.
Hizon’s temporary transfer to BBC’s New Broadcasting House in Central London finally allowed him to meet his colleagues in BBC’s Business Report team for 11 years, Sally Bundock and Karin Giannone.
Hizon’s co-presenters in London are also thrilled to personally meet the 47-year-old anchor as their previous interactions were only through live broadcasting.
‘It’s so nice to finally meet in person the lovely @RicoHizon. Watch him present from London on Sunday,’ Sally Bundock tweeted.
‘Lovely to meet my long-time colleague across the airwaves,’ BBC Anchor Karin Giannone tweeted, attaching a photo of her and Hizon.
Although still adjusting to London’s cold weather, Hizon said he is enjoying his stay in the city.
In the span of his career, which dates back to his days in GMA-7 as a business reporter then to CNBC Asia as an anchor, Rizon had already interviewed high-profile personalities such as European Union President Jose Manuel Barroso, US President Bill Clinton, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, Bill Gates and Steven Tyler.
Hizon currently anchors Newsday and Asia Business Report, which is shown in over 300 million households worldwide.