John is one of Britain’s foremost sports presenters. As well as his principal role as BBC’s face of rugby, he has covered almost all the major sporting events for television and radio.
He was educated at Clifton College, Southampton University and UWIC and 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 on ‘Today.’ 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.
His illustrious television career began with BSB in 1990 as presenter of rugby and football, and on the BBC he fronted ‘Rugby Special’ from 1994 until 1997. He hosted his own BBC1 sports chat show ‘Onside’ for seven series, as well as Grandstand and other major sports programmes including Wimbledon.
John Inverdale is also actively involved with Sport Relief and in his spare time serves as Director of Rugby at Esher RFC and President of Lincoln City Supporters Club.
He has also presented the popular drivetime show on Radio 5 Live and several series of the World’s Strongest Man.
Inverdale was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards in 1997, and in 1998 was the Variety Club’s Radio Personality of the Year.
John recently signed a four year freelance deal with BBC TV and Radio to present Rugby 6 Nations, Wimbledon Tennis, Championship Athletics and the Rowing World Championships.
Inverdale was a also one of the foremost commentators for the BBC at the London Olympics. His interviews with some of Britain’s greatest athletes provided much insight into their hopes and aspirations of winning a medal.
John’s face is still a familiar addition to the television scene and his presenting skills are in demand at company seminars worldwide.