John Inverdale

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John Inverdale (born 27 September 1957, Plymouth), is an English radio and television broadcaster who works for the BBC, mainly covering sporting events.


Inverdale is the son of a Royal Navy dental surgeon, Captain John Inverdale, who played rugby union for Devonport Services in Plymouth. Inverdale was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and at the University of Southampton, where he obtained a history degree in 1979, also being the editor of the student newspaper Wessex News and captained the University tennis team for two years.


After gaining a post-graduate journalism qualification at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, he began his career with two years at the Lincolnshire Echo, and then joined BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982.


Inverdale began to work on the BBC's national radio stations in 1985, firstly on Radio 2's sports unit, then between 1990 & 1994 at Radio 5, where he presented the flagship sports programme Sport On 5. In 1994 he became one of the main regular presenters on the relaunched Radio Five Live. He presented the drivetime show John Inverdale Nationwide until 1997, for which he was named Sony Broadcaster of the Year in 1997. At Five Live, he hosted the topical show, Any Sporting Questions, a variation on Radio 4's Any Questions, and similarly toured the UK each week. In 2008 he broadcast live on Radio Five Live from the Olympic Games in China. Along with Sir Steve Redgrave he also appeared at......
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