James Richardson (presenter)
James Oliver Richardson
29 May 1966
He is best known as a former presenter of Channel 4's Football Italia programme and former host of the Football Weekly podcast on guardian.co.uk. He currently hosts BT Sport's The UEFA Champions League Goals Show, "World's Strongest Man" for Channel Five, The Totally Football Show podcast, and the Truth & Movies podcast. He is also employed by the Premier League featuring in content related to Fantasy Premier League and for overseas rights holders.
James hosts The Golazzo podcast a weekly round up of Italian football, along with an historical look at Italian football of the past. The podcast is co-hosted with James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti. It is a leading podcast for all football fans.
Richardson was the anchor of Football Italia on Channel 4 from 1992 until 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 morning, 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. It would feature Richardson sitting in a café in a picturesque setting, usually with a cappuccino, a pastry or gelato, and a pile of Italian sports newspapers which he would use to show viewers the latest football stories and headlines. 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 La Partita and Mezzanotte, a Sunday night and mid-week show respectively with highlights of one of the top matches of the weekend.
Later broadcasting career
From 2002 until 2005, Richardson moved with the Serie A rights first to British Eurosport live coverage, then to Bravo TV's Football Italia Live and the return of Gazzetta Football Italia. Between 2007 and 2009, he co-presented Setanta Sports' The Friday Football Show and Football Matters shows with Rebecca Lowe. In 2011, Richardson also had a short stint on the BBC regional football programme Late Kick Off, for the South, West and South-West region.
Prior to his move to BT Sport in August 2013, he presented ESPN's coverage of live Italian Football. At BT Sport he hosted live Serie A matches and the Sunday night round-up show, European Football Show, until its cancellation in 2017. He fronts their The UEFA Champions League goals show since BT Sport won the rights to the competition.
Since 2016, together with Mark Sutherns and Jules Breach, he has hosted the Fantasy Premier League Show by Premier League Productions. It is also available for viewing on the Premier League website and also the Premier League Facebook Page.
Richardson has also presented non-football related content and presented Bravo TV's first live PDC darts coverage alongside Dave Gorman during the 2010 European Darts Championship. He has also presented British Eurosport's live Tour de France cycling coverage between 2005 and 2013. Since 2011, Richardson has hosted the World's Strongest Man television coverage.
He hosted The Guardian's The World Cup Show for the 2006 World Cup. This turned into The Guardian Football Weekly podcast series featuring Monday and Thursday shows with Richardson as host and a panel of football journalists discussing the footballing week's events, both in England and across Europe. It was here he consolidated his reputation as a broadcaster who used puns and humour. Richardson also hosted a number of Football Weekly Live Shows which played to sold out venues around the UK.
In summer 2017, after spending just over a decade with them, Richardson left The Guardian and Football Weekly, to join the brand new podcast The Totally Football Show. This podcast is produced by Muddy Knees Media, of which Richardson is a shareholder, along with other former Football Weekly alumni: Iain Macintosh, and producer Ben Green. In November 2017, they staged their first live show in The Glee Club, in Birmingham.
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