About James Porter
I'm Head of Sports News for BBC Sport, which means I'm responsible our sports news output across TV, radio and on our Interactive services. On a good day I get to work with some very creative people covering a range of interesting stories. On a bad day there's a lot of meetings and arguing with news editors over which story deserves inclusion and the right way to do it.
Luckily I'm fortunate enough to work with talented enough people that, in some people's opinion, the output is better when I'm busy in meetings! I love the unpredictable nature of working in sports news, never knowing what story might happen on a certain day. And because there's always something happening somewhere, the great thing is there's no off season.
I joined the BBC as a trainee news reporter for Local radio and got my first job in sport at BBC Radio Leicester. When I moved to the radio sportsroom in the early 1990s I got a job as racing producer depsite never having been to a race meeting and then moved to a dream job being in charge of the BBC Radio golf output. I worked with some of the truly great broadcasters like Cliff Morgan and Peter Bromley and was fortunate enough to cover some never to be forgotten stories like the aborted Grand National and Jean Van de Velde's trip into the burn at the 1999 Open.
The great thing about my job is that Sport has always been my hobby. From an early age I was always out playing some sport and now that age has caught up with me it's great to be involved in covering sport. The only sadness is the gradual realisation that England captains now tend to be younger than me rather than 20 years older!