John Inverdale is one of Britain’s leading sports presenters, having worked on just about every major event from Olympic Games, football and rugby world cups, to Wimbledon, the Ryder Cup, Grand Nationals, World Athletics Championships, Champions League and FA Cup finals.
He began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first job with network radio was in 1986 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. In 1988 he became presenter of ‘Sport on 2’ which he hosted for six years until the advent of Radio 5 live when he moved to a daily news programme. John continues to present for Radio 5 live on all top sporting events.
His television career began with BSB in 1990 as a presenter of rugby and football, and on the BBC he fronted Rugby Special from 1994 until 1997. He hosted his own BBC ONe sports chat show, ‘Onside’, for seven series, as well as ‘Grandstand’ and other major sports programmes, including Wimbledon.
Away from sport John hosted ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ on both the BBC and Channel Five, fronted a three-part investigation into the history of gambling for BBC One. For 12 years, he wrote a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph. He currently writes for several newspapers.
In 1997, John was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards, and in 1998 Radio Personality of the Year by the Variety Club. He has also been a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.
John will be a presenter for the BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics.