Riccardo Salizzo

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Riccardo Salizzo
Top Skills
  • Journalism
  • Television Presenter
  • Producer
Top Interests
  • Advertising
  • Public Speaking
  • Consultancy Work
  • Music
  • Sport


MC, Speaker, Journalist, TV Presenter, Author

Ric Salizzo is a New Zealand journalist, television presenter and producer. He is best known for producing and presenting long-running sports chat show SportsCafe, as well as executive producing and occasionally presenting sports current events show The Crowd Goes Wild. Salizzo is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Auckland Blues. He is also engaged in consultancy work, advertising and public speaking from time to time. He was involved in the production and (along with the cast of SportsCafe and satirist John Clarke) performance of Fred Dagg's 1998 song "We Don't Know How Lucky We Are", which topped the New Zealand chart in July 1998. His other major contribution to the music scene came with his encouragement of, and role in the music video for, Neil Finn's anthem for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, "Can You Hear Us". "I know this to be True" book - Ric Salizzo interviews a range of New Zealanders about how they got to where they are, and the truths they learned along the way. The book has just recently been released in Oct 2016 and spawned the TV documentary of the same name.

Testimonials (2)

  • "Ric Salizzo was an ideal after lunch speaker at our annual conference and was rated highly by attendees. Not only was he humourous and had some entertaining 'war stories', but his story was intermixed with some thought provoking anecdotes. We would highly recommend Ric as an after dinner speaker or one to lighten the mood of an event." - John Banks, CTFA
  • "Ric Salizzo delivered MC duties at several AIG hospitality events during Rugby World Cup in the UK and he did a fantastic job at all of them. He was excellent at taking our brief and key messages and adapting it, injecting his own personality with the right level of humour and audience interaction. Ric is great on the mic and a very engaging speaker, and his rapport with the talent we used definitely got the most from them."

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