Former Anglia TV presenter Kevin Piper's children are following in his footsteps. Daughter Alice is now a stand-in weathergirl and son Jack works on the Late Kick-off.
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 March 2013
Former Anglia TV presenter Kevin Piper's children, Jack and Alice are following in their father's footsteps.
Mr Piper presented Anglia’s flagship evening programme Anglia Tonight and fronted the station’s sports output, before he left in 2006 to set up his own media PR company.
But now his daughter Alice, 20, is a stand-in weathergirl at Anglia, and his son Jack, 22, is working with him on his regional football show, the BBC’s Late Kick-off East.
He said: “Alice went there to help in the newsroom and now fills in on the weather. She’s doing a good job.
“It’s good that I’m not still there. If I had been we would have been accused of nepotism, but she did it all off her own bat.
“So she’s making her first steps in TV presenting. And Jack also works in TV, after going to the stand-out Ravensbourne College in London and coming through with flying colours. He’s now working with me on the Late Kick-off programme. So they are both following in Dad’s footsteps.”
Before he quit, the 53-year-old was one of the most recognisable faces and voices on Anglia TV.
He brought a touch of homegrown talent to the station and his was the regional voice that kept it real for thousands of people watching.
He admits, though, that he had previously toned down his accent, after getting ribbed for his Norwich twang at college in Harlow.
“It pains me to say it but the Norfolk/Suffolk accent is not as cool an accent as, say, the North-east or Irish. It does not play as well when you are a broadcaster. And no one ever gets the accent right. Even the actors on Stephen Fry’s Kingdom series, set in Swaffham, got it wrong.”
At the time he quit in 2006, little did he realise that the whole financial world was about to implode.
But he’s managed to survive and is now looking forward to teaching his children a few of the tricks of the trade.
“It took a lot of thinking and discussion to step off Anglia TV, especially at a time when you are enjoying yourself. Six years on I don’t know where the time has gone.
“But I always wanted to be my own boss, and it’s really been liberating. You call me to meet at 3pm, and I can do it, because I’m my own boss. My lad was motor-racing in Belgium or France and I can do that.
“But when I did it, how was I to know that the world was about to go through the biggest financial meltdown in history? It’s been tough but I’m not sure I would have done it any other way.”
Kevin Piper Media specialises in broadcast and corporate film production and its credits include the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, 2008 UEFA European Championships in Switzerland and coverage of the World Rally Championship.
“The world rally championships has just made a return to the UK airwaves on ITV4,” he said.
His company is based in Riverside Road near the train station. It also does media training, which he said comes like London buses, not at all or all at once.
“It’s a real mix of stuff I do. I continue to do what I have always enjoyed doing, sports production. We do press and PR for a national company, and are working on a corporate video/DVD for a company which is head-quartered in Norwich.
“From here it’s a real challenge how far we want to take the corporate side of the business.”
He was brought up in Lakenham by parents Wilf and Joyce and attended Hewett School.
A sports fanatic, he watched cricket at the old Lakenham ground. His media career started at Prospect House in Norwich, which is now the home of Archant, the publishers of the Evening News and EDP, but was then known as Eastern Counties Newspapers.
He remembers taking an aptitude test to get a reporting job – one of eight from 90 applicants – about 35 years ago. He was first sent to King’s Lynn and worked for then chief reporter, Frank Keeler, the man who claimed to have broken the news of old King George’s death in 1952 at Sandringham. He then worked in Diss before arriving in Norwich on the sub-editors’ desk. He got a place on the sports desk in the early 1980s.
“My first bit for the Pink ‘Un and EDP was a trip to the Potteries to see Norwich play Stoke. It was what I had always wanted to do.
“I had been going to see Norwich since 1968. My dad took me in the South Stand.
“I spent about three years on sport before Radio Broadland was launched. They were looking for reporters and the head of news, Julian Smith’s idea of an interview was to take me to the Three Tuns pub, top of Grapes Hill. He said if you can write for a newspaper, then you can work on radio.
“My four years on radio were really enjoyable. It was wall-to-wall fun. I covered Norwich City’s Milk Cup win in 1985. I have a vivid memory of being at Wembley, turning off the mic, and walking through the tunnel and enjoying every second.”
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