James Richardson (television presenter)
|Born||James Oliver Richardson
Bristol, United Kingdom
James Richardson is an English television presenter and journalist. He is best known as a former presenter of Channel 4's Football Italia programme and co-presenter of Setanta Sports' The Friday Football Show and Football Matters shows. He currently presents the Football Weekly podcast on guardian.co.uk, Sunday Night Football on BT Sport, and the English regional Late Kick Off (South, South West and West) football show for BBC One as well as making appearances on Football Today for the official Premier League Channel, Italian Serie A football Live on ESPN and British Eurosport's Tour de France live cycling coverage.
Football Italia presenter
Richardson was the popular anchor of Football Italia on Channel 4 from 1992 to 2002. Football Italia saw Richardson shoot to fame, and the show was cult viewing for many football fans in the UK. Football Italia consisted of two weekend shows. On a Saturday, Richardson would present Gazzetta Football Italia, a magazine show which would round up the previous weekend's games, as well keeping viewers up to date with the latest football news in Italy. The show would have Richardson sitting in café in a picturesque setting somewhere in Italy; he would usually be armed with a sundae ice cream and a pile of Italian sports newspapers which he would use to show viewers the latest football stories and headlines from the country. He would also interview players and managers on a regular basis for the show. Meanwhile on a Sunday he would host live coverage from the stadium of one of the top Italian games that particular day. He also presented Mezzanotte, a Sunday night and mid-week show with highlights of one of the top matches of the weekend.
Later television career
Between 2002 to 2005, he presented British Eurosport's live coverage of Serie A, then Bravo TV's Football Italia Live and the return of Gazzetta Football Italia. He has also presented[when?] British Eurosport's live Tour de France cycling coverage.
He presented Bravo TV's first live PDC darts coverage alongside Dave Gorman during the 2010 European Darts Championship. In 2011 the BBC announced Richardson as the new presenter of regional football programme Late Kick Off, for the South, West and South-West region. He presented "World's Strongest Man 2012" on Channel 5.
Since 2012 he has presented ESPN's coverage of live Italian Football and will move to BT Sport from August 2013, to host live Serie A matches there and a regular European Football show - Sunday Night Football.
For the guardian.co.uk, Richardson hosts the Football Weekly series of podcasts. Prior to hosting that show he fronted The Guardian's The World Cup Show for the 2006 World Cup. He is noted for his usage of puns and humour. Richardson was also the voice behind a series of Euro 2008 previews leading up to the final tournament in June.
Providing internet content, Richardson hosted the exclusive online coverage of England's World Cup qualifying game with Ukraine on 10 October 2009 alongside former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
In computer game Pro Evolution Soccer (also known as Winning Eleven 5 in Japan and World Soccer Winning Eleven 5 in the US) Richardson's voice introduces each match, with former Football Italia colleague Peter Brackley providing in-match commentary.
In 2011, readers of FHM magazine voted Richardson the UK’s greatest authority on football.
- Ingle, Sean, The Guardian (20 December 2006). Arrivederci, James, and thanks for the memories
- Gibson, Owen, The Guardian (5 October 2009). Online broadcaster defends decision only to show England match on web