4th September 2006




BBC sports presenter John Inverdale is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln next week.


John is a well known sports broadcaster who regularly appears on BBC Television and BBC Radio and he began his career in journalism in Lincoln.


Having graduated with a degree in history from Southampton University in 1979, he worked as a reporter at the Lincolnshire Echo for two years.


He then moved into broadcasting with BBC Radio Lincolnshire, where he covered local government and health authority meetings and presented the breakfast show as well as various sports programmes.


In 1985 he took up a trainee attachment in BBC Radio 2ís sports department and from 1988 to 1994 he worked for BBC Radio 5 as the presenter of its flagship sports programme Sport On 5, before becoming one of the first presenters on the new Five Live station.


He has presented Five Live's coverage of many major sporting events including Wimbledon, the Olympic Games, the World Cup (both football and rugby), the Ryder Cup and Euro 96.


He also anchored the network's drivetime show John Inverdale Nationwide for which he was named Sony Broadcaster of the Year in 1997.


John has also branched out into television, presenting five series of BBC One's acclaimed sports chat show On Side, the investigative sports series On The Line, Rugby Special, Grandstand, Sunday Grandstand and The World's Strongest Man for BBC One.

John Inverdale will receive his honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Lincoln during the undergraduate awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral beginning at 2pm on Thursday 14th September.


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