Clive Tyldesley is a British sports commentator. Clive took over as ITV’s principal commentator, from the late Brian Moore; following the 1998 World Cup finals. Since stepping into the hot seat, he has won the industry’s most prestigious award, the Royal Television Society Sports Commentator of the Year; an unprecedented four times.
His partnership with commentator Ron Atkinson, became a cornerstone of ITV’s football coverage. Their famous reading of the dramatic conclusion, to the 1999 Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich; was shared with 19 million viewers. Clive has subsequently commentated on Liverpool’s extraordinary triumph over Milan in 2005; and United’s ‘Game of Games’ victory, against Chelsea in 2008.
Lancashire born Clive Tyldesley, began his career in local radio in Nottingham and Liverpool; before joining Granada TV in 1987. He was not only the leading football commentator, in the country’s leading football region; but covered rugby league, cricket, golf and a variety of other sports. He graduated into network TV, via a stint as a reporter on ITV’s popular football magazine, Saint ‘n’ Greavsie; before a transfer to the BBC TV’s sports department in 1992.
During his time at the BBC, Clive worked as a commentator on Match of the Day and Sportsnight; and figured prominently in live coverage of the 1994 World Cup, Euro ’96 and the Atlanta Olympics. Following the Games, ITV asked him to return in readiness for his elevation to his current position, of senior commentator. He has since led their commentary team, at three European Championships and two World Cup finals.
Clive has been the host of the International Electronic Games conference, as part of the Edinburgh Festival; and followed in the footsteps of the Prince of Wales and many notable public figures, in being asked to deliver the Roscoe Lecture at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool.
Clive Tyldesley is the voice of FIFA 2009 and EA Sports’ other main football video games. He also writes for the Times, and is a patron of the Bobby Moore Bowel Cancer charity.
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