Sports presenter who has covered many sports including football, rugby, boxing and athletics. He has covered eight FIFA World Cups, three Rugby World Cups, two Olympic Games and 150 Formula One races.
Jim Rosenthal grew up in Oxford and attended Josca’s Preparatory School before going to Magdalen College School. He then joined the staff of the Oxford Mail went on to BBC local and national radio.
In his radio career Rosenthal presented Sports Report on the then Radio 2 for several years. He was also the journalist on duty at BBC Radio Birmingham on the night of the Birmingham Pub Bombings.
In his television career, which began when he joined ITV in August 1980, he has presented football, boxing and athletics, plus other minor sports.
In the 1990s, Rosenthal was a presenter of ITV’s The Big Fight Live, which reached huge nationwide audiences for boxing contests involving the likes of Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Naseem Hamed, then the likes of Amir Khan and Joe Calzaghe when it returned in 2005.
He was the presenter for Formula One (F1) on ITV for eight years and has presented over 150 Grands Prix since 1997. Rosenthal grew into his role as ITV F1 anchor, and gained popularity with his direct questioning of leading figures in the sport.
In 2010, Rosenthal reported for ITV Sport during the opening ceremony for the World Cup. He also presented the Rugby World Cup for the OSN network based in Dubai and watched throughout the Middle East and Africa.
Rosenthal was named Royal Television Society Sports Presenter of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and has won other awards at home and abroad. He was the main anchor of ITV’s BAFTA winning coverage of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, which took him to Australia for the final.
2005 saw him return to boxing as ITV got back in the ring on Saturday nights and became the new presenter of ITV Champions League football coverage, as well as their boxing output.
In 2011, Rosenthal became the lead presenter on the boxing channel BoxNation.
Internationally, Jim Rosenthal regularly hosted the UEFA Gala Dinner in Monaco, a football spectacular that is broadcast across the world.