31 Facts About Jim Rosenthal


Jim Rosenthal was born on 6 November 1947 and is an English sports presenter and commentator.


Jim Rosenthal has covered eight FIFA World Cups, three Rugby World Cups, two Olympic Games and 150 Formula One races.


Jim Rosenthal grew up in Oxford, the son of Maud Ruth and Albrecht Gabriel "Albi" Jim Rosenthal, a music scholar and antiquarian book seller who was from an academic family.


Jim Rosenthal attended Josca's Preparatory School before going to Magdalen College School.


Jim Rosenthal then joined the staff of the Oxford Mail and went on to work for BBC local and national radio.


Jim Rosenthal worked for Snooker Scene magazine in the early 1970s where his editor was Clive Everton, and Jim Rosenthal, a keen amateur hockey player, edited the short-lived Hockey Scene magazine, owned by Everton.


Jim Rosenthal worked for BBC Radio WM before moving to BBC Radio 2.


Jim Rosenthal worked for the BBC Radio Sports Unit between 1976 and 1980.


Jim Rosenthal was part of the ITV team covering the FIFA World Cup since 1982.


Jim Rosenthal covered three Rugby World Cup campaigns for ITV, including anchoring coverage of England's victory in the 2003 final.


Jim Rosenthal was the presenter of Formula One motor racing on ITV for eight years and presented 152 Formula One races from 1997.


Jim Rosenthal agreed terms with ITV to present its coverage of the sport in early 1997.


Jim Rosenthal presented ITV's Champions League football coverage, as well as their boxing output.


Jim Rosenthal presented ITV4's Champions League Live show and the channel's live match coverage, until he was dropped in 2008 from his exclusive contract with ITV after 28 years with the channel as the network sought new presenters.


Jim Rosenthal has made a magnificent contribution to ITV Sport over a long period of time but we will no longer tie him to an exclusive contract.


Jim Rosenthal will be free to explore other challenges while ITV Sport will have the opportunity to make on-air changes.


Internationally, Jim Rosenthal regularly hosted the UEFA Gala Dinner in Monaco, a football spectacular that is broadcast across the world.


Jim Rosenthal has presented the live FA Cup draws for ITV, and editions of BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek show.


In 2010, Jim Rosenthal took on announcing duties on game show The Whole 19 Yards and reported for ITV Sport during the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa.


In 2011, Jim Rosenthal became the lead presenter on the boxing channel BoxNation.


Since 2014, Jim Rosenthal has provided commentary for Channel 4's coverage of Crufts.


In November 2019, Jim Rosenthal became the new "Voice of JACK", replacing and following the death of actor Paul Darrow as the new on-air voice of Oxfordshire's local JACK branded radio stations and their national radio station Union JACK.


Jim Rosenthal is the lead presenter of matchday coverage on Manchester United's in-house channel MUTV and is one of the presenters of Amazon Prime's Premier League coverage.


On 10 May 2021, Jim Rosenthal began broadcasting on the JACK Group's new breakfast show "JACK's Wake Up Call" together with Trevor Marshall from JACKFM Oxford.


Jim Rosenthal has twice been named as the Royal Television Society's Sports Presenter of the Year.


Jim Rosenthal was the main anchor of ITV's BAFTA winning coverage of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, which took him to Australia for the final.


Jim Rosenthal has always been a supporter of his childhood home team of Oxford United.


Jim Rosenthal once wore an Oxford United hat whilst hosting the ITV coverage of the 1986 Football League Cup Final from Wembley Stadium.


From 2010 to 2012, Jim Rosenthal was a member of the Oxford United board of directors.


Jim Rosenthal's son, Tom, is a comedian who has starred in Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4 and Plebs on ITV2.


Jim Rosenthal made a guest appearance as a commentator on a chariot race at the start of Plebs Series 2 and made a guest voice appearance as a Grand Prix Commentator in the Friday Night Dinner Series 4 episode "The Funeral".