Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

He joined the BBC as a rugby commentator in 1972 and has covered almost all major matches all over the world for the past 20 years. He was Rugby Correspondent of the Sunday Times for three years between 1980 and 1983 but then returned to the microphone to become BBC Rugby Correspondent in 1983.

He has appeared regularly on television for the past 15 years as a member of the Rugby Special team on BBC 2 and he also presents the rugby previews and features on Grandstand on BBC 1 before all major internationals.

A prolific writer he is author or co-author of over 20 books including several best sellers – with Gareth Edwards, Bill Beaumont and Andy Irvine and he helped to host the official biography of the actor Richard Burton with BurtonĀ“s younger brother. This book was best seller in over a dozen countries.

Throughout the 1980s he worked on a Celebrity Road Show which covered the length and breadth of Britain and in the course of nine years he appeared regularly as compere or quizmaster with sporting celebrities like Denis Law, Emlyn Hughes, Geoff Boycott and Willie Carson.

In the summer he masquerades as an expert on horse racing for the BBC and he has had numerous shares in a succession of very slow horses lacking any sort of ambition.

Over the last 20 years he has reported on most sports at one time or another and he appears 2 or 3 times a month on the after-dinner circuit with a fund of anecdotes covering a very wide range of sports.

Although happy to accept any challenge, he specialises in SportsmenĀ“s Dinners, golf day dinners and conferences for the business world. Enjoys entertaining mixed audiences.

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