Affectionately known as ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld OBE is a famous sports journalist most commonly known for his appearances as a cricket commentator on the BBC as part of the Test Match Special (TMS) coverage. A cricket writer, Old Etonian and Ex-Cambridge University student, his well-educated background shines through during his journalism; Blofeld is well known for his articulated syntax, establishing himself a reputation as a well-spoken commentator. Popular and well recognisable, Henry Blofeld is an excellent addition to events as a cricket speaker.
Leaving a job in the city as a merchant banker to pursue his dream of becoming a sports journalist, Blofeld came to prominence during England’s tour of India in 1963/4 after reporting on it within The Guardian. Despite nearly receiving a playing call up, Blofeld was left to account for the cricketing exploits which occurred rather than being part of the playing squad. He continued within print journalism until 1972 when he undertook a role as part of the TMS team, having previously dabbled within commentary for ITV during the 60s.
Despite a brief period with Sky during the 1990s, Blofeld has been a prolific cricket speaker with TMS characterised by his idiosyncratic style and mannerisms. His acknowledgement of the minute things makes him a firm favourite with listeners, helping them feel like they’re in attendance, a skill which shines through within his role as an after dinner speaker. His prominence as a cricket speaker has bloomed due to his unconventional style, giving guests an unmatchable experience.
Most recently, Blofeld has retired from his role as a BBC Test Match Special commentator and has released an autobiography entitled Over and Out which is a recollection of his memories from his time as a commentator. He was awarded OBE in 2003 for his services to broadcasting and has also featured on a variety of TV programmes including Room 101 and Would I Lie To You?.
A methodical cricket speaker, his reputation as an after dinner speaker has flourished over the last few years. The exploits and successes of England’s cricketers have catapulted Blofeld into a fuller role within cricket commentary, with more and more people tuning in to listen to his opinion and judgement on the proceedings occurring.
To book Henry Blofeld as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.
Whem at corporate events, Henry is known to cover the following topics:
- Cricket Speaker
- Sports Speaker
- Maximising Success
- Motivational & Inspirational
- Drive & Determination
“The guests loved the speakers and the amount of time they were willing to spend with them, Henry chatted to people long after he lunch finished.”
Melanie – Oliver Myles