Mark Clemmit

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Mark Clemmit
Born Mark Charles Clemmit
(1962-10-22) 22 October 1962 (age 51)
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire
Known for TV and radio personality

Mark Clemmit, also known as Clem, is the features reporter on BBC One's The Football League Show. He also presents one of BBC One′s regional Late Kick Off programmes and co-presents BBC Radio 5 Live's Football League discussion programme. Since the start of the 2013-14 season he has presented live Conference Premier coverage on BT Sport and the Football League's 'Football League Radio' programme which is sponsored by TradePoint.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Clemmit has described his broadcasting career as a happy accident. A chance comment on the way home from a football match, led to his idea for a radio fanzine programme, dedicated to his local team – Middlesbrough. Producing and recording a pilot, Red Balls On Fire was first broadcast in 1998.[1] The programme was initially given a five week run on BBC Radio Cleveland. (The station later rebranded itself as BBC Tees.) Within nine months and on a small weekly budget, Red Balls On Fire was nominated for a Sony Radio Award, repeating the feat a year later.

Clemmit came to the notice of BBC Radio 5 Live and he began to do interviews and match reports for them. He has become a familiar voice on BBC Radio 5 Live, specialising in football below the Premier League. He has presented the station's flagship 5 Live Sport and their coverage of the Great North Run. He is also an occasional host of BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra's coverage of the Football League.

A Regional RTS Awards winner, Clemmit has worked as a football reporter and pundit on BBC Regional TV in the North East. He has been a regular contributor to BBC Breakfast, the BBC News Channel and on Simon Mayo's Sports Panel. Clemmit's TV reporting credits include: Final Score, Football Focus, Match of the Day & Match of the Day 2. He has also reported on major international football tournaments for the BBC. In 2009, Clemmit became the features reporter on BBC One′s The Football League Show.

In an interview in 2009, Clemmit said: "I love the game at the lower levels. There's more access, more closeness to it, you don't have to go through 100 other people before you can speak to the person you want. You can go to a lower league ground, knock on the manager's door and if he's not busy he'll see you. You see all the Premiership players arriving in what are virtual stagecoaches, dripping in diamonds, trailing their escorts. There's an aloofness about the game at that level that I'm not really comfortable with." [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Clem's on the box for Championship opener". The Northern Echo. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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