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Born in London to Jamaican parents, Jordon was brought up in the West Indies. Educated at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he spent eight years in the Jamaica Regiment, and was part of the 1983 American-led force in the invasion of Grenada. Jordon became an accomplished military and sports parachutist, setting a new record in 1983 for parachuting onto Jamaica's highest mountain. After he retired his army commission as a Captain in 1986, he appeared as a parachute stunt double in the film Club Paradise.
Upon leaving the army, Jordon sold TV advertising, and was a group sales manager for Yorkshire Television, London Weekend Television, Granada Television where he worked with TV soap expert Chris Stacey, who at the time worked in the ratings prediction unit, and M-Net in South Africa. Jordon then started his media career as a sports broadcaster in South Africa.
He joined the BBC in 1998 as a BBC Sport correspondent on BBC News 24, where he later moved to present the Sportsday programme also on the channel. He became a regular newsreader on the channel in 1999, before moving to present the relaunched breakfast news programme Breakfast in 2000 alongside the likes of Sophie Raworth, Moira Stuart, Jeremy Bowen and Sarah Montague. He also later became deputy presenter of the BBC One O'Clock News and presented all types of bulletins on BBC One.
Darren Jordon left the BBC to join Al Jazeera at the end of October 2006, his departure having been announced on 5 October. In the announcement by Al Jazeera of his appointment, he was reported as sayin:g “I think the world will benefit from a news channel like Al Jazeera English which will become the much needed channel of reference for Middle Eastern events with unique access to the region. We will set the news agenda rather than following others.” He has become a regular newsreader based in Doha.