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JONATHAN OVEREND

Broadcaster

Journalist

Event host

Corporate speaker

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Jonathan Overend is equally adept commentating or presenting for BBC Radio 5 Live, and is the respected Sports Journalists Association's 2010 Sports Broadcaster of the Year.

He has been the BBC's tennis correspondent since 2003, commentating on all 16 of Roger Federer's record-breaking Grand Slam titles, and has closely followed the career of Andy Murray since his junior days and was commentating live on his recent US Open triumph and Australian Open near-miss.

Jonathan is a regular stand-in presenter on the flagship "5 Live Sport" programme and the station's Drive show, and is often heard on Saturday afternoons covering Premier League and Championship football for the network.

He has presented World Championship boxing, Formula One race weekends and Test Match Cricket on 5 Live, plus, away from sport, a stint in 2009 standing in for Richard Bacon on the general interest late night show.

Jonathan started his career in local radio, making the tea and compiling rugby results while still studying at school. He became the country's youngest full-time sports producer in 1994 when, at the age of 21, he landed his first job at BBC Essex.

Three years later he moved to 5 Live and was a regular presenter at the age of 26, taking over the Tuesday night sports slot before shifting to Sunday afternoons.

London 2012 was his third Olympic Games and he was behind the microphone for Andy Murray's historic Olympic Gold. He was also delighted to have avoided a mishap similar to the one he experienced at the Athens games in 2004. When commentating on badminton, a first for radio, he found he had to shorten the word "shuttlecock" but, on more than one occasion, didn't refer to a "shuttle"... just the other bit.

Jonathan is an entertaining and engaging speaker offering a unique insight into the world of broadcasting and, in particular, the professional tennis circuit. He is also an excellent event host, facilitator or interviewer, equally comfortable chairing debates and Q&As, interviewing keynote speakers or hosting corporate events.

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