After failing to get into the diplomatic service, John was briefly a waiter at The Dorchester hotel. During the era when off-course betting was illegal in the UK, he worked for an illegal bookmaker, before becoming a bookmaker himself, which he admits that he failed at. So then he then became a tic-tac man.
He began his career in journalism at The Sporting Life, where he twice won at the British Press Awards for his campaigning journalism. He later joined the Daily Star, but was later sacked by the newspaper after allegations emerged that he was in debt to his bookmaker, he later successfully sued the paper at an employment tribunal.
Having previously become a results sub-editor on the BBC‘s Grandstand, from 1981 he joined ITV Sport‘s horse racing coverage, he had previously appeared in a debate about fox hunting on the ITV children’s programme Saturday Banana in 1978. During 1984 and 1985, horse racing moved from ITV to Channel 4 as Channel 4 Racing, where his role was expanded and he reported from the betting ring.
His signature flamboyant attire of a large deerstalker hat, sideburns, and brightly coloured matching suits and trousers, coupled with huge cigars, became a recognisable personal style.
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When at corporate events, John is known to cover the following topics:
- Horse Racing
- The Grand National
- Sporting Success
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