Brian Alexander (broadcaster)
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Brian Alexander (born 1957) is a media and public affairs adviser. His chief client is Sepp Blatter and football world governing body FIFA. Alexander is also part of the team at City-based Square1 Consulting, working on a range of international projects.
He was previously best known as a British broadcaster who was a presenter on BBC Radio Five Live in the UK and on the BBC World Service until January 2011 when he made the move into communications and public relations. He hosted the Radio Five programmes Late Night Live and Weekend Breakfast and launched and presented Sportsweek on the same network. He also presented the BBC's Sport Specials. His stand-out extended interviews included Jonny Wilkinson, Sepp Blatter, Joey Barton, Thaksin Shinawatra, while he also researched and presented investigations into right-wing football violence in eastern Europe, corruption in Italian football, gambling in tennis and the young African boys who are abandoned in Europe after being conned by agents.
During an 18-year career in Fleet Street, Alexander worked for nine different national papers. In addition to being Sports Editor on The Sun, he was also Sports Editor of the Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard.
After a long career in newspaper journalism, Alexander began presenting programmes for the BBC in 1996, beginning with The Back Page on Five Live before moving on to present the sports bulletins on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
He then launched and presented two popular Five Live shows: "Sportsweek" on Sunday mornings and "Papertalk" on Friday evenings. He won a Gold at the Sony Radio Awards for Magazine Programme of the Year.
After hosting both shows for two years, Alexander took over Late Night Live, making the transition from sport to news and current affairs. He presented "Weekend Breakfast" in late 2001 on BBC Radio Five Live until 2006.
He also has television experience. He presented "The Lion's Den" on BBC 1 in March 1999, interviewing previous England football managers Bobby Robson, Graham Taylor, Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle prior to Kevin Keegan's first match in charge.
He also presented Sunday Turnstyle on Channel 5 for 12 months and Sportspage on cable network Channel One.
Alexander is Editor of the lifestyle magazine Essence of Surrey.
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