Damian Johnson is a familiar face and voice of football on BBC Television. He has covered the English Premier League since its formation in 1992 reporting on title triumphs for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. He has reported from three World Cup tournaments, three European Championships and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
In that time, he has interviewed the biggest names in the sport – top English players like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, international stars like Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo as well as managerial giants Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello.
Damian began his broadcasting career at Radio Hallam in Sheffield where he covered the Hillsborough disaster and the subsequent enquiry into the tragedy.
He is a former reporter and presenter of the BBC regional news show Look North covering Leeds United’s title triumph in 1992 and the arrival of Yorkshire’s first overseas cricketer the great Sachin Tendulkar. He also did the first television interview with former England captain Michael Vaughan when the cricketer was just fifteen and still at school in 1990.
In 1998, he joined BBC Sport becoming a regular contributor to Football Focus, Match of the Day and Final Score. He covered his first World Cup for the BBC in Japan and Korea in 2002 and was a roving reporter at the 2006 finals in Germany and four years later in South Africa as well. He was part of the reporting team at the 2004 European Championship in Portugal, again in 2008 in Switzerland and Austria and Poland and Ukraine in 2012.
He has travelled extensively in Africa covering the Africa Cup of Nations in Mali, Tunisia, Egypt, Ghana, Angola and South Africa. He presents Sports news on the BBC News Channel, is an experienced event host and has produced and presented promotional films for a number of corporate clients.