Lisa I'Anson

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Lisa I'Anson
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Lisa I'Anson at the event 2009
Born (1965-05-31) 31 May 1965 (age 52)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Amos Pizzey

Lisa I'Anson (born 31 May 1965)[1] is a British TV broadcaster and VJ. She is of a multicultural origin; her mother is from Ghana and her father is Danish.[2] Her unusual surname is believed to be either derived from the 15th century Jean de Forbin, Marquis de Janson, or alternatively from undefined Scandinavian origin.[3]


Radio broadcaster[edit]

In 1985 I'Anson started her career as a broadcaster at London's pirate radio station, Kiss FM.

I'Anson was a presenter on BBC Radio 1 from 1995 until 1999. In January 1995 she took over the Lunchtime show from 12 to 2pm from Emma Freud, which she continued to present until going on maternity leave at Christmas 1996. When she returned from leave in April 1997, she was moved to weekend afternoons from 12.30 to 3pm,[4] her weekday lunchtime show having been taken by Jo Whiley. I'Anson presented her last show for Radio 1 on 21 February 1999, the following week she was replaced by Emma B.[5]

She had been sacked after failing to show up for a show after going missing after clubbing in Ibiza.[6] A quote from Simone who was working for MTV at the time "Lisa was meant to do a live BBC radio show from the island, but never showed up. So what happened in those missing hours???? Let's just say that things got slightly out of hand at the infamous Manumission Motel".[7] Ian Parkinson, Radio 1's head of specialist music programmes, puts it another way: "There had been tabloid accusations of us being closely linked to Manumission, where sex is openly promoted on stage...But then we lost Lisa I'Anson in Manumission - later found in a less than coherent state."[8]

Between 2000-2003 I'Anson presented a weekday discussion programme on BBC London 94.9. Until April 2008, she was hosting a Sunday afternoon show on London radio station Magic 105.4.

TV presenter and VJ[edit]

I'Anson first found fame on MTV Europe reading the music news back in the 1990s. In the following years, her work included multiple programmes and shows. On MTV I'Anson was a VJ for 6 years presenting such shows as MTV News and the nightly live weekday show Hanging Out. Later on she was also presenting other live TV shows including the very first and subsequent MOBO awards (music of black origin), The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium and a live link from Ghana, West Africa direct to London with then British Prime Minister and U.S. President, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. I'Anson also fronted her own agony aunt show Dear Dilemma for BBC 2 and also presented shows for Top of the Pops, the United Kingdom's longest running weekly music show. Furthermore, I'Anson narrated numerous television shows including Ibiza Uncovered for Sky One.

In 2005, I'Anson was a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother 3. On 19 January she left the show as the third person being evicted.[9] In 2007 she took part in ITV2's Deadline with chief editor Janet Street Porter with followed ten celebrities as they aimed to write, edit and produce a celebrity based magazine, which was published as a supplement in Closer magazine.

Voice-over artist[edit]

Between 2002 and 2004, I'Anson was the narrator of the Uncovered series beginning with Ibiza Uncovered, followed by ITV's Club Reps. In 2006, she was heard as the voice of Vernon Kay's revival of Family Fortunes. As an experienced voice-over artist, I'Anson frequently voices commercials and television documentaries. I'Anson formerly co-managed the girl band Honeyshot.

Personal life[edit]

I'Anson is married to Amos Pizzey. They live in Los Angeles and have two children.[10]


  1. ^ "Lisa I'Anson on IMDb". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  2. ^ "". 
  3. ^ Ille, Maureen Lilian (ed.). "The I'Anson name and its Variants". I'Anson international. Gainsborough. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "RDF Management - Lisa I'Anson". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  5. ^ Katie Sampson (1995-05-14). "So many DJs, but so few women". The Independent. London. 
  6. ^ "The Independent - Lisa I'Anson". London. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Simone - Lisa I'Anson". Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  8. ^ Day, Julia (2005-08-11). "Radio Daze". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 September 2006. 
  9. ^ "I'Anson out of Big Brother". BBC News. 2005-01-20. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  10. ^ "Erin Pizzey: When Andrew Marr accused me of being a terrorist, it was like a bomb going off in my chest". 

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