Speaker / Host
Fascinating speaker James Pearce was the BBC's Sports News Correspondent for over a decade reporting on the world's biggest sports events. An expert on the Olympics, he is also a highly skilled event host. James also offers some superb alternative company entertainment including a hilarious Commentary Booth experience and an after-dinner quiz tailored to the client's requirements.
About James Pearce
James Pearce has 20 years experience of presenting live BBC broadcasts under his belt. This 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 an after dinner speech you might hear about how James bumped into the Prime Minister while lost inside Number 10 Downing Street, how he had to walk out of an interview with one of Britain’s best known Olympic medalists, or how he found himself live on air with completely the wrong guest!
James Pearce describes his job as a sports broadcaster as one of the best in the world, and it’s easy to see why. He’s spent the past two decades travelling the globe, reporting from all the biggest sports events, and interviewing all the biggest names.
The list of major conferences hosted by James in the past few years is lengthy. Clients include the ‘International Sports Event Management Conference’, the ‘National Merchant Buying Society’s 2014 Conference’ in Tenerife and the ‘United City Global Sports Summit’.
In recent years his specialist subject has been London 2012. In his role as Olympics Correspondent, he lead the BBC’s News coverage of the London Olympics and Paralympics all the way from 2001, when a 2012 bid was first discussed.
James saw this through to the glorious Games of 2012. It was a job that took James to the heart of government. He’s interviewed all four of the UK’s most recent Prime Ministers. He was broadcasting live in Singapore in 2005, alongside Sue Barker, when London won the vote to host the Olympics and Paralympics.
James Pearce is an expert on the Olympics, reporting at his 9th Olympic Games in Rio.
For many years of James’ career it was dominated by London 2012. He was the first broadcaster to report on the possibility of a London bid back in 2000, a full three years before the bid was officially announced.
He followed London’s campaign every step of the way through to Singapore in 2005. And he was there when the IOC President Jacques Rogge finally opened the envelope and announced that the Olympics were going to “The city of London”. James was in Singapore to present the BBC Television News coverage that day, and was one of only a handful of people to predict that London might actually defeat Paris.
Since 2005, James has combined his other responsibilities as a sports news correspondent with becoming the BBC’s expert on all things Olympic.
He broke many of the biggest exclusives about London 2012, and in 2012 he became the ‘must follow’ sports journalist on Twitter for anybody trying to get their hands on elusive Olympic tickets and he was credited as helping thousands of British sports fans to find tickets on foreign European websites.
James Pearce has never had a problem being neutral when he’s reported on top level football matches, as his team is Aldershot Town. Even he admits that that they’re unlikely to trouble the Premier League’s top teams any time soon. However some of his happiest childhood memories are from Saturday afternoons at the Recreation Ground.
Finally James is a highly sought after communications coach travelling all over the world to deliver training. Furthermore he is currently working with the England football players, coaching them on how to deliver better interviews.
An entertaining speaker, James Pearce offers you an insight into what it has been like to be at the heart of British sport for twenty years, and he can spill the beans on some of the personalities he’s come across during that time. He might tell you about how he walked out of an interview with Sir Bradley Wiggins, or how he once put a sportsman’s identical twin brother on air by mistake. As a veteran of four Summer Olympics, three Winter Olympics, three Football World Cups, three Commonwealth Games and countless other major sports occasions, James is not short of a story or two. James tailors his speeches to each client’s requirements.
The Sports Commentary Booth provides a novel and unique way to keep people entertained during your conference, exhibition or other major event? It is a fun and perfect solution.
Many people have wondered what it must be like to be a sports commentator and others have secretly wanted to be one. Well there chance is here are The Commentary Booth offers you and your clients the chance to demonstrate their skills as the next John Motson or Peter Alliss. You choose the sport and The Commentary Booth provides the TV footage. Maybe you would like to describe the winning goal from the 1966 World Cup Final, Andy Murray’s final shot in his Wimbledon Final victory, or Jean Van de Velde’s infamous difficulties in the burn at Carnoustie during the Open.
The portable commentary booth is brought to you and you’ll be greeted by a well-known TV commentator*. You’ll be given some valuable tips by the expert before it’s time to have a go yourself. Take a deep breath and then add your own individual touch to some memorable sporting moments.
Afterwards each person will be given a weblink so they can go home and show family and friends. All videos are password protected so nobody needs to worry as no one else will be able to see it unless they choose to share their magic moment!
The main aim of The Sports Commentary Booth is for everybody to have fun but as this is sport The Commentary Booth likes to add a competitive edge to proceedings. A ‘golden microphone’ trophy is presented to the person judged to have delivered the best commentary during the day or evening.
And if you think your guests or clients need a drink before their brave enough to have a go The Commentary Booth offers an after dinner version which brings the house down. The expert commentator* takes to the stage in front of the audience, gives a very brief demonstration and then it’s competition time. There’s no hiding place. This is either hilarious acclamation or humiliation. The TV footage will appear on a large screen and the audience gets to judge those who have put themselves forward as commentators. The best two will return to the stage for a final showdown and they should be warned to expect the unexpected!
The booth can be branded and you will have a choice of commentators.
In a nutshell the Quiz is three rounds of 12 questions during dinner. The first round commences after the starter, the second one after the main and the third after the dessert. The topics such as sport, comedy, music and so forth are chosen by the booker.
Each table or team has a keypad and the questions are multiple choice. They are asked to press either A,B,C or D for each question. Some of the questions in each round will be video questions on a big screen.
The electronic scoring which appears on the big screen is instant. If scores are tied the computer separates the teams by which one has the quickest average response time for questions.
The winning table or team from each of the three rounds progresses to the final. (Scores are re-set after each round, so a table or team can finish last in round one but will reach the final if they win round two – this keeps all teams interested right up to the end).
The final take place on stage. All three tables or teams, or at least one member of each table or team, comes forward to the stage. We have large electronic buzzers which look like the ones on a TV show.
The final is a quick fire round of 30 questions. The team who answers the most questions correctly wins the quiz.
The quiz is hosted by BBC Sports Presenter James Pearce* who created this concept.
*If you wish to book someone else to host the Quiz we are happy to make alternative suggestions which will be dependent on your available budget.
"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
"James was an excellent host for our 2014 Industry Conference in Tenerife, where over 400 delegates enjoyed his personal charm and attention to detail and some great stories, that made the whole event run smoothly and on time. He really went the extra mile with our delegates and spent a lot of time talking and mixing with everyone outside of the main conference hall, which really added to making the whole event more friendly and the most memorable conference ever. Thanks James!"
National Merchant Buying Society Ltd
"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 a joy to have as part of our team in delivering a great sales meeting."
"James Pearce was an excellent host at the ukactive Summit. The health, sport and physical activity sector’s set piece political event of the year. He challenged our speakers, engaged our delegates and brought his own passion to the event, which led to it being a great success. We look forward to working with James in the future."