John Inverdale to leave BBC Radio 5 Live after 25 years

Original BBC Radio 5 Live presenter and reporter John Inverdale is leaving the station today.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday afternoon will be his last presenting duty.

John started his radio career at BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982 before joining BBC Radio 2 as a sports reporter. He then went on to host Sport on 5 and was one of the main regular presenters on 5 Live when it launched in 1994.

In an email to staff, Bob Shennan said: “Sports coverage on BBC Radio (and television) is the envy of the world, and that is often down to its first-rate presenters and commentators. John Inverdale is one broadcaster who’s calm, warm, empathetic style is a masterclass in sports presentation and interviewing. He was a driving force behind the successful launch of Radio 5 Live 25 years ago. In fact its very tone and style was based on John’s own presentation style.

“I worked alongside him for many years and have no hesitation is saying he has been the pre-eminent Radio Sports presenter of his generation-truly one of the ”greats”.

John Inverdale

“For more than thirty years he has brought the highs and lows of sporting endeavour to a grateful nation. Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup will be John’s final presenting duty for Radio 5 Live. He has done an amazing job for the BBC and we, and his listeners, will miss him.”

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Similar Stories
19 Comments
  1. Mike Rose says

    Does anybody know more? Why he’s leaving? What next for him? Why the beeb haven’t fought to keep him?

    1. Radio Geordie says

      Why is he leaving?
      He hasn’t got a virgina or a pair of tits.
      Simples.

      1. delakota555 says

        A cigar?

  2. Mark Budgen says

    Given his sexism I wonder if talkSPORT is next on the agenda for him?

    1. mb23 says

      He made one inappropriate comment on a live show (for which he apologised immediately).

      On a day like this wouldn’t it be nicer to pay tribute to him for 30 years of superb radio broadcasting?

      1. David Sinck says

        Well said Mb23. I can think of literally less than a handful of mistakes Invers has made in I don’t know how many hours of live tv and radio, all of which he apologised for either at once or when they were pointed out. I wish him luck and am happy to join you in paying tribute to a marvelous career.

      2. delakota555 says

        Okay I’ll give it a go….

        He was a good old egg, great sense of humour, quick witted, knowledgeable, never afraid to speak his mind about how crap women’s tennis is…

        How’s that?

      3. Joe Smith says

        Indeed but Mr Budgen is one of those people who never makes an inappropriate comment. Well not more than one an hour at least!

  3. mike says

    Met him once (he won’t remember) but was an absolute star. Very down to earth, good sense of humour. Great bloke. Wish him well, hope he picks & chooses well if he continues TV stuff. Don’t go to Talk John, please.. Another serious loss for the Beeb and Five Live’s downhill slide continues.

  4. James Tolson says

    Is he going of his own volition … or has he been pushed? If it’s the latter that’s regrettable.

  5. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    TALKSPORT WIL SIGN JOHN INVRRDAL IN NO TIME AT ALL… MARK MY WIORDS

  6. delakota555 says

    Yoo mey roihhht meh thunks…

  7. delakota555 says

    Can I suggest a worthy replacement….looren loovern, Broadcaster of the Year! (sniggers)

  8. Dan Dean says

    A very decent man and a superb broadcaster. Sometimes people simply move on to do other things and I would imagine that is what John is doing.
    Once he has recharged his battery’s he will look at his options and decide from there. That is what the top level do in any walk of life.

  9. Allan Wallace says

    An excellent broadcaster who has been totally underrated by the BBC.

  10. Leanne says

    A huge loss to the BBC and sport, the Open certainly will not be the same without John, a giant among sports reporters

  11. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    LEANN
    YOU ARE RIGHT JOHN INVERDALE IS A BIG LOSS TO THE BBC BUT MARK THESE WORDS I SAY TO YOU TALKSPORT WILL SNAP JOHN INVERDALE
    THIS WILL MEA HE WON’T BE SUCH A BIG LOSS TO BRITISH SPORTS BROADCASTING. ALSO JOHN INVERDAKES WILL ATTRACT LISTENERS TO TALKSPORT RIM BBC RADIO 5LIVE.

  12. Dan Dean says

    He has left Radio 5Live …..that does not mean he will not be on BBC Television. He may well turn up on another station but having earned about £200,000 a year for a number of years he will be able to pick and choose whether he wants to work or not, and at 61 why would he not want to semi retire.

  13. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    WHEN SOMEONE LEAVS A RADIO TSTAION LIKE JOHN INVERDALE HAS LEFT BBC RADIO 5LIVE MEANS THAT [PERSON HAS LEFT THE ORGANIZATION LIKE TUHE BBC AND JIHN INVERDALE WILL END UP WITH TALKSPOTRT VERY SOON AND HE WILL BRING WITH HIM LISTENERS FRIM RADIO 5LIE TO TALKSPORT.

Comments are closed.