Dan Walker is a BBC sports presenter and reporter. He currently hosts BBC One’s Saturday football preview Football Focus, regularly reports for Match of the Day, and co-hosts 5Live’s Afternoon Edition, covering the latest in politics, current affairs, entertainment and sport.
Having turned down the opportunity to play youth team football, Dan studied journalism and worked on Sheffield student radio. He then moved to the local commercial station Hallam FM before moving to spend four years at Manchester’s Key 103 as a match day reporter and commentator. He stayed in the city to work for Granada TV covering league football for ITV and then to the BBC covering sport for the local news North West Tonight.
Since working for the BBC Dan has gone on to cover Wimbledon, Aintree, Royal Ascot and The Derby, and the 6 Nations. He has continued to cover domestic, European and international football, including the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He also co-hosts the broadcaster’s Open golf coverage and was an integral part of the 2012 Olympics coverage team.
Dan also presents a weekly football show on BBC World, one of the most popular strands on the international channel. Away from sports presenting, Dan has hosted Songs of Praise and has appeared on Countdown, Celebrity Mastermind and A Question of Sport. He is also the author of Dan Walker’s Football Thronkersaurus: Football’s Finest Tales, a compendium of amusing, bizarre and unbelievable stories from the beautiful game.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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