Gareth Jones

The voice of West Yorkshire Sport

About Gareth Jones

Gareth is the voice of West Yorkshire Sport on BBC Radio Leeds

A trained journalist, Gareth has over 18 years’ experience in sports media – from radio and television, to print, online and social media.

Gareth is the Managing Editor of Sportinglife.com - the third largest sports content website in the UK. One of the oldest sports companies in the world, with over 150 years existance, Sporting Life began life as a sports newspaper, before becoming a website in 1998.

Gareth was formerly the Sports Editor at BBC Radio Leeds for six years, whrre heh served as the main presenter of the station’s West Yorkshire Sport Daily programme (6-7pm weekdays). 

From August 2011 Gareth has been the host of BBC Radio Leeds’ Saturday match-day output, which covers football, rugby league & union and cricket. His first four months brought a 32% increase in RAJAR’s listening figures. Those figures have continued to raise. 

Gareth has also won three major Broadcast Awards. 1) The British Sport Journalism Awards in Best Radio Factual Programme, This was for his documentary - Valley Parade: The Bradford City Fire Remembered. 2) BBC Gillard Gold for Sport. This was for West Yorkshire Sports' coverage of the Huddersfield Town Play-Off Final. 3) O2 Media Award for West Yorkshire Sports' coverage of the Huddersfield Town Play-Off Final.

From 2017, Gareth presents and produces the online TV Show - The Yorkshire Rugby Union Show - which he created himself.

Gareth also teaches in Radio and Multimedia Journalism at Leeds Trinity University.

In 2014 Gareth was appointed BBC Radio Leeds' Assistant Editor for four months. This role saw him overseeing the station's important Mid-Morning show, presented by Wes Butters; producing the station's Radio Academy Award entries; and organsiing the station's award winning Tour de France Grand Depart coverage.

Since 2008 he has been the station’s Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union commentator. He is one of the station's main football and rugby league commentators and formerly presented BBC Radio Sheffield’s Football Heaven programme. 

Gareth also regularly reports for BBC 5Live on Premiership rugby union. He also has great experience in the written press, having regularly written for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Rugby Times Newspaper and Rugby League Express and began his career as an assistant-editor of a Golf Association magazine. His career in the BBC has also lead to him to take charge of Radio Leeds’ online sport content, providing written stories, audio and video for the main BBC Sport Website.

Gareth also regularly acts as Master of Ceremonies for many events, auctions and dinners. This includes hosting Huddersfield Town's Annual Player of the Season Awards; and the Yorkshire RFU Volunteer Awards.

Career


Sporting Life  – Managing Editor - 2018-Present

As Managing Editor Gareth leads a team of 12, producing the UK's third biggest Sports content website.

BBC Radio Leeds – Sports Editor & Station Sound Manager - 2012-2018

As Sports Editor, Gareth headed up a team of six full time staff and many freelancers. He was a presenter, producer and commentator. Gareth also oversawthe Station Sound department, taking control of the station's imaging and sound.

Yorkshire Rugby Union TV Show Presenter - Present

Creating this monthly online TV show from stratch, Gareth presents, films, edits and produces the show single handedly. The aim of the programme is to promote the great and good of Yorkshire Rugby Union.

BBC Radio Leeds – Assistant Editor - 2014

Gareth acted as BBC Radio Leeds' Assistant Editor for the first four months of 2014, to cover the attachment of the station editor. Gareth took over all the normal duties expect of the second in command at a BBC Local Radio station; including spearheading the Stations' vast Tour De France Grand Depart output. Gareth also overhauled the station's social media strategy.

BBC Radio Leeds – Reporter - 2004-2012

Gareth took on many roles at BBC Radio Leeds; This included sports presenter, producer and commentator; Breakfast; mid morning & late show producer; early breakfast & weekend presenter.

BBC Radio 5Live – Sports Reporter - 2010-Present

Reporter for Premiership rugby union and Football League football matches.

BBC Radio Sheffield - Sport Journalist -  2008-2010 

Presenter / producer of Football Heaven (weekdays 6-7pm). Rotherham United commentator. 

Kippax Productions – Television Sports Commentator - 2009-2010

Commentator on rugby union matches.

Rugby Times Newspaper – Journalist - 2006-2009

Freelance writer for this country’s original weekly Rugby Union Newspaper.

Rugby Leaguer & League Express Newspaper – Journalist -  2006-2009 

Freelance writer for the UK’s best selling Rugby League Newspaper. 

BIGGA – Assistant Editor - 2004-2006

In charge of the publication of a monthly Golf magazine and reporting on tournaments such as The Open. Responsible for a major increase in circulation to over 15,000.

Yorkshire Evening Post & Yorkshire Sport Newspapers – Sport Journalist -  2002 

Journalist covering the entire Yorkshire area covering numerous sports at all levels.

Cable 7 – Television Producer and Reporter -  1998 - 2000 

Produced this community station’s weekly sport programme and commentator on Basketball and Rugby Union.

 

Public Speaking

Gareth often acts as Master of Ceremonies for sports dinners, charity events, auctions, debate forums and award nights and is available for your event.

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