Rianna Scipio

    Rianna Soraya Scipio is a British television host, journalist, producer and director who is perhaps best known for her work on UK national television, as a prime time television host (presenter) of such flagship series as the BBC‘s Watchdog, Holiday, UK’s Worst…?, Newsroom Southeast, Wide World (Channel 5), and on BBC Radio 2 and Choice FM (Global Radio).

    Scipio’s outstanding awards and achievements include, breaking record figures as a host within the BBC’s ‘entertainment features’ department, averaging 7 million viewers for an investigative series, ‘UK’s Worst..?’ , being voted “extremely popular” as a television host in a nationwide BBC poll and receiving the CRE’s coveted Media Award, as well as mention in countless publications.

    Scipio is also celebrated as the UK’s first African Caribbean weather girl. Scipio’s celebrity interviewees include: Piers Morgan, Deepak Chopra, Mel B, Ian Wright, Terry McMillan, Jackie Collins, Nigel Lythgoe, Levi Roots, Rudolph Walker, John Holt, Angie Miller, Paula Yates,  Sir Trevor McDonald and more.

    After Moira Stewart declined the role, Scipio was approached to be the main host of  ‘Black Britain’ the first program of its kind from the BBC’s News and Current Affairs Department. Across 3 seasons, Scipio conducted television interview one hour specials with such accidental heroes as Doreen Lawrence – mother of slain teenager, Stephen Lawrence who single-handedly changed the face of British justice.

    Scipio was born in London to Guyanese parents, Marvin Scipio (father) and Zoraida Kamall (mother). Both were unskilled immigrant workers. Scipio is the youngest of five siblings. When Scipio was 12 her parents divorced and she moved with her mother from a residential family home in North London, on to a housing estate (read projects).

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