is a BBC
journalist. He can normally be seen presenting on BBC News
, the corporation's rolling news channel in the UK
, and on BBC World News
throughout the week. He also presents the sport on the BBC One
news and on BBC Breakfast
He has covered football world cups and a myriad of other major sporting events for the BBC as well as fronting "Extra Time", a 30 minute issue led discussion programme for the BBC.
Prior to the BBC he worked for Talk Radio UK, Independent Radio News (UK), Radio TV Hong Kong, LBC (UK), the BBC World Service and BBC Radios 1, 2,4 and 5. For a few months he was part of the Radio 1 breakfast show team in the UK. He's also written sports articles for the national press in the United Kingdom including the Scotsman, the Guardian and the London Evening Standard.
He is one of the most travelled of the BBC's sports journalists having lived and worked in eight countries including Belize, Germany, Cyprus, Spain, Syria and the Falkland Islands.
Francis was brought up in Gibraltar, and speaks Spanish and Arabic. He is also a classically trained bullfighter.He was recently based in the Syrian capital of Damascus whilst studying Arabic and Middle Eastern politics.