Anneka started her career on a BBC training course and then worked for the World Service on "The World Today" and "Twenty-Four Hours". After two years production experience, she bought a one-way ticket to Hong Kong where she spent the next three years holding down several different jobs. She worked as a sub-editor in the news-room at TVB, the English-speaking TV channel, and then crossed to the other side of the camera and became the newsreader of the evening news. She also produced the weekly drive-time show on RTHK, called "Wheelbase", and worked for a public relations agency. One of her accounts was DHL, so she occasionally took the 'courier' seat and jetted back to the UK for Sunday lunch. She worked at Sir Run Run Shaw's studios at night dubbing kung-fu movies into English and also produced "A Children's Guide to Hong Kong".
By the time she returned to the UK with five years of broadcasting experience under her belt she was still only 22. She shot to fame in this country as the Sky-Runner in Channel 4's Treasure Hunt, still Channel 4's highest rated programme. This firmly established her as Britain's Action Girl and during the 80s and 90s she was rarely off the TV screen. She presented Sporting Chance, TVAM, Driving Force, CBTV, Wish You Were Here, Capital Woman,The Holiday Programme, The Royal Variety Performance and numerous other shows. Before 'health and safety' had been invented, she jumped out of planes, landed helicopters on submarines, pot-holed in treacherous conditions, climbed mountains and generally risked life and limb on a weekly basis.
On the Action Girl theme, there was a range of jumpsuits, board games, books and videos and she was immortalised in Madame Tussauds, hanging from a rope ladder in the foyer, wearing her trademark jumpsuit.
She went on to devise the award-winning “Challenge Anneka” for BBC-l. Each week the Challenge team took on a seemingly impossible task which had to be completed entirely with the help of volunteers and donated materials and supplies. The projects included the renovation of a Romanian orphanage, the equipping of a refugee camp in Malawi, the rescuing of lions and chimpanzees, and the building of bridges, soup kitchens, holiday camps for disadvantages youngsters, centres for the disabled, the list goes on. The Challenge programme raised millions of pounds worth of supplies and services for charities and communities and has left an amazing legacy around the world. The format has been sold on to many other territories and Anneka is still closely involved with many of the projects. The Romanian Challenge Appeal, the charity set up after the Challenge in Siret, has just celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and Anneka recently returned to Siret to see the amazing work that Monica McDaid, the original challenger, is still doing out there.
After completing 61 Challenges all over the world, and starting a young family, Anneka decided to change her life completely and took an extended sabbatical to raise her children and study at Chelsea College of Art. During this time she dropped out of public life so successfully that Madame Tussauds melted down her waxwork.