Becky Want

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Rebecca Elizabeth Want (born 13 June 1961) is a radio and television broadcaster, based in Manchester.

Radio career[edit]

Want has worked for Manchester radio stations Piccadilly Radio and Key 103.[1][2] She has been a radio host for BBC Radio Manchester for over 5 years[2] where she presents the weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio Manchester. She also presents Becky Want's Retail Therapy, a Saturday morning show broadcast.[1]

TV career[edit]

Becky was a features presenter on the North West regional news magazine programme Granada Tonight in the early 1990s on Manchester based ITV station Granada Television. Want has also been a face on 'What's New' alongside Tony Wilson,'Traveller's Check' with Stuart Hall (presenter),[1] 'Livetime', 'Psychic Livetime' and 'Predictions' for satellite station Granada Breeze.[3] She has worked for ITV's 'Livetalk' and 'Which Way'.[3] On the BBC she has presented Inside Out North West for BBC North West and features on Channel M's 'Moving Manchester'.[3] She also starred in a Beryl Bainbridge production on BBC One[1]

Charity work[edit]

She is an ambassador for the Prince's trust[1][4] She ran the London Marathon in 2010 for Manchester's Christie Hospital[4][5] and in 2011 she ran the Great Manchester Run for the same charity.[6] She took part in Comic Relief 2011 and was challenged to perform as a stand up comedian[4] at the 'Frog and Bucket' comedy club in Manchester.[7] She is listed as a key supporter of the Moore Foundation.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Hyde, Tameside in Greater Manchester and she studied drama at university. Her career began as a secretary at a radio station where she was given the opportunity to go on air.[1] She has a son, Isaac[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Profile: Becky Want". BBC News. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Radio". Becky Want Official Site. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "TV". Becky Want Official Site. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Charity". Becky Want Official Site. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Becky Want - 26/04/2010". BBC Radio Manchester. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Great Manchester Run: Muamba starts race for 40,000". BBC News. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Bourne, Dianne (4 March 2011). "Radio's Becky Want takes to stand-up comedy for Comic Relief". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Becky Want - Supporter". Moore Foundation. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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