John Inverdale


Television and radio presenter John Inverdale began his journalistic career as a reporter for the Lincolnshire newspaper, the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first role as a national radio presenter came in 1986 when he became a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2.

John Inverdale remained with BBC Radio 2 for a number of years, simultaneously working as a news reporter and radio presenter for Radio 4 on the flagship Today programme. In 1988, Inverdale became the lead host of Sport on 2, a position he held for six years until the advent of Radio 5 Live.

John Inverdale has worked as a reporter and radio presenter for Radio 5 Live for over two decades, hosting a daily news programme and presenting many of the most popular and important sports events.

During his career as a television and radio presenter, John Inverdale has covered 4 Olympic Games, 3 Football and Rugby World Cups, 13 Wimbledon Championships and 10 Open Championships. He has been present at both national and global events, notably the Ryder Cup, World Athletics Championships, Grand Nationals and Cheltenham Festivals, Champions League and FA Cup Finals.

John Inverdale also boats a prolific career as a television sports speaker, beginning in 1990 as a rugby and football presenter for BSB Inverdale fronted the BBC’s Rugby Special from 1994 until 1997. He hosted his own BBC1 sports chat show Onside for seven series.

As part of his work as a TV presenter for the 2000 Sydney Olympics John Inverdale and his fellow sports speakers won a number of awards for the BBC’s coverage of the competition, he is a regular TV presenter on Grandstand and Wimbledon and hosted The World’s Strongest Man for five years.

To book John Inverdale to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, John is known to cover the following topics:

  • The Premier League
  • Football Speaker
  • The Rugby Union
  • The Olympics

“John Inverdale was absolutely brilliant, first class!  The feedback I personally received was superb. The event went really well and there was a lot of positive views about John and how he managed to keep the event flowing and the audience in order.  I would definitely consider using John for future events. He was also very accommodating given the number of people who wanted photos with him!” – Simon Trollope, Head of Marketing & Communications, The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)

The conference Friday was great and John Inverdale went down extremely well. His talk definitely lifted room and it was much appreciated that he stayed to talk to people one on one and take pictures and give autographs etc. We were very pleased. Could you kindly pass on our thanks to John for a wonderful talk.” – Laura, Aspray