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Sports broadcaster John Inverdale tackles the issue of 'why sport matters'

Published: 19 March 2002

Popular BBC TV and radio presenter John Inverdale will be talking sport when he returns to the University of Southampton to give the thirty-eighth Hartley Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 26 March.

As host of BBC Radio's topical sports forum Any Sporting Questions, John is used to posing questions about sport. In this lecture he will be answering one, as he discusses 'why sport matters'.

A familiar face on a wide range of sports programmes on BBC TV, John started his broadcasting career in radio and is still a regular presenter on BBC Radio Five Live. He has a wide knowledge of all sports, from rugby to horse-racing, and has just returned from three days at Cheltenham fronting the BBC's coverage of the National Hunt Festival.

John began his media career as editor of Southampton's student newspaper, Wessex News, before moving into journalism full time after graduating with a degree in history in 1979. Last year he received an honorary degree from the University for his contribution to sports broadcasting.

The lecture 'Why sport matters' starts at 6.30pm in the Nightingale Building Lecture Theatre in University Road. All are welcome, and no tickets are required.

Notes for editors

  1. The Hartley Memorial Lecture is organised by the University of Southampton Society. Entry is free.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 21,000 students and over 4,900 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £215 million.
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