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Ian Stringer - Sport Reporter/Commentator

Highly Commended by the SJA judges for Sport Commentator of the Year 2016

Work Experience

May 2008Present

Football Commentator/Presenter - BBC

BBC Radio Leicester

In October 2018 I covered the tragic helicopter crash at King Power Stadium for news and sport outlets having been there covering the game in the evening. 

My coverage included breaking the confirmation of the sad death of Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on BBC Radio Five Live, conducting a self contained report on the BBC News Channel and servicing dozens of other media outlets through the 37 hours of on-site reporting I conducted during the three days; some of the social media videos I published were seen by 1.6m people and my Twitter profile had a total 5.6m views following the events on Saturday October 27th. 

In 2015/2016 I commentated on every game of the historic Leicester City Premier League winning campaign, this role increased in it's level of worldwide delivery and focus as the story grew in magnitude. From calling all of The Vardy 11, Hazard's equaliser at Stamford Bridge to being in the procession during the victory parade, I covered every moment of that giant story. 

I have broadcast live radio coverage of football for BBC Radio Five Live and Match of the Day 3. 

I have Champions League interview, package making and commentary experience. 

I have been reporting on live Sport for the BBC for 10 years and have broadcast 600 live football games, all on location.

I report on every Leicester City game in the English Premier League on BBC Radio; locally, nationally and internationally, dealing with the focus which comes with such high profile encounters. 

I have called games, made packages and crafted content all around the world; from Sweden to Japan, Vienna to Bangkok. 

Conducting pre and post-match football interviews, presenting daily radio shows and interacting with 49,000 people on Twitter @StringerSport ensures my role is immersed in football. 

Social media, to include rich video content, is key within this role and a part of my job I identified early on during this digital revolution. Facebook live videos as well as live press conference content is something I hold as very important within my role. 

I also record, edit and publish a worldwide podcast which is one of the BBC's most downloaded to our vital local audiences. 

I see a BBC commentary coach on a regular basis to improve the quality I offer. 

I have extensive experience with BBC TV; making packages as well as live reports.

Audio show-reels are available upon request to include entire 90 minutes of commentary if required. 


TV Reporter - Sport

BBC East Midlands Today

I am constantly  contributing to the content of the Sport team on BBC East Midlands Today TV. 

This role includes pitching, planning and organising TV features before filming them on location myself. 

I then direct an editor to generate the packages which are aired on BBC1 within the East Midlands region. 

This role includes focus on social media with a view to generating interaction as well as consumption of this unique content. 

This work is in tandem with my reporter role at BBC Radio Leicester. 

May 2012Aug 2012

Pictures Editor for BBC/NHK Super High Vision Olympics Project


In the summer of 2012 I was selected to be the BBC representative for a trial of Super Hi Vision in partnership with NHK from Japan during the summer Olympic games in London. 

My role was to select appropriate pictures to accompany broadcasts to Super High Vision hubs in The US, Japan and in various studios around the BBC. 

Following the 10 week role I was singled out for praise for my work ethic and quality of work within the successful trial. 

May 2004Present

BBC Sports Journalist


Since 2004 I have been employed by the BBC as a Sports Journalist which has run in tandem with my commentary duties.  

My role includes audio package making, researching, planning and recording documentaries as well as compiling and reading sports news bulletins on a daily basis. 

I work closely with our team to come up with new ideas and ways of interacting with our audience in these changing times as a Broadcaster. These include using the opportunities offered by social media. 

Jul 2002Jul 2004

Broadcast Assistant

BBC Three Counties Radio

I learnt my skills as a Broadcaster by coming through the ranks at the BBC and learning on the job alongside some stalwarts of BBC broadcasting. 

I would answer the phones and gather non-league scores whilst adding on-air skills to my skill-set in my own time before my chance materialised. I've never looked back having impressed on my first outing on the air. 


Sep 1992Sep 1997

UK Secondary Schools - GCSE

March 1995 to June 1997 - Roundwood Park Secondary School Hertfordshire

GCSE Pass in - Maths, English Language, English Literature, Double Science Certificate Geography, History, French

October 1994 to March 1995 - Lutterworth Grammar School, Leicestershire

Continued studying GCSE’s

November 1993 to October 1994 - Ousedale School, Buckinghamshire

Continued studying GCSE’s