Award-winning radio/TV presenter, John Inverdale has covered most of the major sporting events including the Olympics, Wimbledon and Rugby & Football World Cups. John is a highly sought after conference facilitator and awards host, his wealth of experience and anecdotes from his career make him an ideal after dinner speaker. John’s personality and professionalism mean he can fit the needs of any event.
An award-winning radio and TV presenter, John Inverdale has covered most of the major sporting events, including the Olympics, Wimbledon and Rugby & Football World Cups.
With his professionalism and personality, he makes a vastly experienced awards host or facilitator, ideally suited for any conference and topic.
Educated at Clifton College, Southampton University and UWIC, John began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1992. His first job with network radio was in 1966 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4 on 'Today'. In 1966, 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.
During his radio career, he has presented Olympic Games, football and rugby World Cups, Wimbledon Championships, Open Championships, plus numerous other major sporting events both at home and abroad including the Ryder Cup, World Athletics Championships, Grand Nationals and Cheltenham Festivals, Champions League and FA Cup Finals.
In 1997, he was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards, and in 1998 'Radio Personality of the Year' by the Variety Club.
His television career began with BSB in 1990 as presenter of the rugby and football, and on the BBC, he fronted 'Rugby Special' from 1994 until its demise in 1997. He hosted his own BBC1 sports chat show 'Onside' for seven series, and is a regular presenter on Grandstand and other sports programmes including Wimbledon. He was part of the multi-award winning team that covered the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
He has also hosted 'The World's Strongest Man' on numerous occasions, which regularly attracts audiences in excess of 10 million, and fronted a 3-part investigation into the history of gambling for BBC1.
He was the main television presenter of Today at Wimbledon until 2014; currently presents ITV's coverage of the Rugby World Cup and the French Open; and continues to facilitate conferences and host awards shows.