James Richardson (presenter)
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 anchor of Football Italia on Channel 4 from 1992-2002. Football Italia saw Richardson become well known and the show was cult viewing for 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 Italian football news. The show would have Richardson sitting in a café in a picturesque setting somewhere in Italy. Usually armed with a sundae ice cream and a pile of Italian sports newspapers he would use them to show viewers the latest football stories and headlines from the country. He would interview players and managers on a regular basis for the show, since he was able to speak Italian. 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
From 2002-05, 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 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.
For the guardian.co.uk, Richardson hosts the Football Weekly series of podcasts. Prior to hosting that 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 the voice behind a series of Euro 2008 previews leading up to the final tournament in June.
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.
- "Arrivederci, James, and thanks for the memories". Blogs.guardian.co.uk. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
- "Arriverderci Roma, buongiorno Reading, ''The Observer'', 12 August 2007". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
- Gibson, Owen, The Guardian (5 October 2009). Online broadcaster defends decision only to show England match on web