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James Pearce

James Pearce

The Communicator

For two decades James Pearce has been one of the most regular faces on the BBC’s Television News bulletins. An award-winning correspondent, James freely admits to having one of the best jobs in the world. You name it, he’s reported from it. 4 World Cups, 4 Summer Olympics, 4 Winter Olympics, 3 European Football Championships and 3 Commonwealth Games form just the start of a very long list of all the biggest sporting events. In addition, if just being paid to travel the globe reporting on sport wasn’t good enough, he’s also had the privilege of being the BBC’s Olympics Correspondent for London 2012, working right at the heart of the Games all the way from the start of the bid in 2003 to the unforgettable summer of 2012.

James Pearce 1James makes an excellent choice as your Event Host, Conference Facilitator, Chairman and can share many anecdotes of his career, as your after-dinner speaker.

If he looks youthful for somebody who’s already packed so much into his career, that’s because he started young. In fact, aged just 23 he became the youngest ever regular reporter for BBC One’s flagship Six o’ Clock News. Since then he’s hardly paused for breath, working for all the BBC’s highest profile news programmes. A typical day might begin with an appearance on Radio 4’s Today programme and not end until Jeremy Paxman has finished grilling him on Newsnight.

Listen to James’ podcast to learn more about him here

Working as a Sports Correspondent for the BBC requires plenty of versatility. During his career James has had beer poured all over him by football fans during a live broadcast in Eindhoven, had to speak above the noise of a crowd of a million people before the 2002 World Cup semi-final in Seoul, pick himself up off his backside after falling over on the ice during a live televised demonstration of curling, and yet also continue with the fine journalism which has given him a reputation as one of the UK’s very best sports journalists.

It was James who broke the story that the opening of the new Wembley stadium would have to be delayed by more than a year because of problems with the construction project. James’ revelations that England’s bid team for the 2018 World Cup had buttered up the FIFA voters with gifts of luxury handbags for their wives led to high profile resignations. And the International Olympic Committee had to open an investigation months before London 2012 when James discovered that sponsors’ tickets were being sold on illegally for profit.

London 2012 has undoubtedly been the highlight of James’ career. It was the culmination of an eleven year journey for him. As Olympics Correspondent he led much of the BBC’s News coverage of London 2012 right from the start of the bid. He was broadcasting on the BBC’s set in Singapore, alongside Sue Barker, when London was chosen as host in 2005. In 2012 he had a ringside seat for many of the highlights of the Games. Night after night his reports were the lead story on all the BBC’s television bulletins. He described to the world the feats of athletes like Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy and Jess Ennis.

James Pearce also provides media training for all the England football squads, all of Britain’s Olympians, and many other major sports stars – as well as a number of senior executives from companies not connected to sport.

His 20 years experience of presenting live BBC broadcasts make him the ideal man to keep an event running to time, and his good humour and wealth of amusing anecdotes will always leave the audience wanting more.

During 2017 James teamed up with the team that designed the technology behind Who Wants to be a Millionaire to produce an interactive, audiovisual quiz that works brilliantly during dinners. It can be used on a wide variety of topics and is a great alternative to an after-dinner speech.  Normally the quiz is run with 3 rounds – one round between each course – with a quickfire 4 minute final after dessert.  James arranges the technology, technician. keypads, question preparation and he will host the event.  The quiz works for any sized event.  As an example of a quiz event, please below in the video section.

To view James’s website click here and to view his media training website click here

View James’ masterclass: Executive Communications Training 

"It's always an absolute pleasure working with the MFL team, who are all extremely friendly, highly efficient and unfailingly professional." James

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Secrets behind effective communications

This talk will transform the way that you communicate. James works alongside an actor on stage to provide a thought-provoking and entertaining session using the skills and techniques he has learnt in his 20 years as a leading BBC broadcaster as well as his work with the England Football team and British Olympic athletes.

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Social Media

I attend numerous conferences, and James Pearce's talk on communications is the single standout speech from all that I have ever seen. It's not often that you leave a conference with your mind opened up to a whole new way of thinking. This is going to improve the way that I communicate with clients and colleagues, and I am so excited to be able to put some of these ideas into practice.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies

James Pearce was an outstanding moderator of our conference. He asked the tough questions to the speakers in a professional and courteous way, and always kept the delegates motivated with the agenda.

UnitedCity Global Sports Summit

James played a key role as host for three experiential evenings at our International Sales Meeting in London for an audience of 400 guests from Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. James' role involved introducing and directing the overall flow for the three evenings and leading interviews as part of main stage content.  James is a highly skilled communicator and was a joy to have as part of our team in delivering a great sales meeting.

New Balance

James Pearce delivered a brilliant after dinner speech that gave our conference audience a fascinating insight into the world of the sports correspondent. A funny and fast paced session that revealed the pressures, near misses and occasional catastrophes that can go on behind the scenes when sport is reported on our TV screens. You'll never look at a sports reporter in the same way again! Great entertainment, and not just for the sports fan.

CIPFA Audit Conference

Fees & Details

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  • UK:

    Up to £3k

  • Europe:

    £3k to £7k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

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  • United Kingdom



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