Match of the Day now shown on BBC1 provides football (soccer) (1st produced by BBC2) highlights of Premier League games, live coverage of FA Cup and international matches. Usually hosted by Gary Lineker with Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson they provide game analysis and comment on the days matches. Very often there will be guest stars who will take a third chair to provide their insights.
He then moved to Mercia sound in Coventry in 1987 where he started his first radio commentaries.
His first TV commentary was in 1996.
Between 2002 and 2005 he commentated on live Serie A matches
and was the presenter of Gol!, the weekly Serie A highlights programme.
He joined the Match of the Day team in the summer of 2004. This was at the time that the show returned to BBC TV
after ITV had covered the Premier League for the previous three seasons.
Contrary to some opinions he does commentate on the entire match and only makes changes later to accomodate
the fact that MoTD is a highlights show.
Besides the match commentary he interviews Managers and Players following the game.
He has said that he prefers to be physically at the game to commentate rather than using a TV feed as he can impart information more quickly and accurately to his audience.
Besides being a major commentator for MoTD (Saturdays BBC1) and MoTD 2 (Sundays BBC2)
he is a football commentator on the Championship and Carling Cup for the Football League Show
and is a reporter for Final Score on BBC1.
He has commentated on
2006 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations; 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games; 2007 Womens World Cup;
2009 Confederations Cup; with live matches shown on BBC3 and via the red interactive button.
Every 2 years he commentates in the English close season at the World Cup and European Championships.
Commentates for Sky Sports on the PGA Europro Golf Tour
and on various other golf programmes.
He also commentates and presents beach volleyball programmes
and does plenty of voiceovers for the BBC Football League website.
Occassionally he commentates on live matches aired on Channel Five.
Much of his commentaries are circulated all over world.
Further he does voiceovers, sports programme making and corporate hospitality hosting.
In the rest of the close season he is preparing for the upcoming season.
You can read more about him at his web site www.johnroder.com
(The above are highlights extracted from this web site)
John Roder - Commentator Photos
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