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George Addo Jnr Joins BBC as Sports Journalist

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Sports broadcast journalist George Addo Jnr has landed a new gig with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), following over a decade of experience covering sports news in Ghana and across Africa. Addo has previously worked with the Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana’s biggest media company, and will be using his vast expertise to bolster the BBC’s position as the leading sports news platform globally.

Addo Jnr has become the third Ghanaian sports journalist to work for the BBC on-site in the United Kingdom after Yaw Ampofo Ankrah and Ibrahim Sannie Daara. His love for sports started when he was a student at the University of Ghana, where he played an essential role in the school’s Sports for Development Program and provided extensive research for the Ghana Universities Sports Association.

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At Radio Univers, Addo Jnr rose through the ranks and was appointed Head of Sports, where he led the strategic coverage of two University of Ghana Sports Association games, namely the West African Universities Games and the World University Games. These achievements led to him being named Student Reporter of the Year in 2013 by his peers and the university community.

When Addo Jnr joined Joy FM, Ghana’s leading radio station, he quickly settled in and became the station’s primary football commentator for nine years. During his tenure, he delivered world-class commentary for various major sporting tournaments, including five Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments, two European football championships, five UEFA Champions League campaigns, three FIFA World Cup tournaments, and seven Ghana Premier League campaigns.

George Addo Jnr’s crystal clear, distinct, and captivating commentary on radio and TV earned him a reputation as one of the best English commentators Ghana has ever produced, according to the Mirror newspaper. He was nominated three times for the PAV Ansah Communications Award under the prestigious EMY Africa Awards scheme.

Addo Jnr was accredited to cover three consecutive UEFA Champions League finals in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2021, he created history for himself when he provided commentary on the Euros final between England and Italy from Wembley for Joy FM. During that same tournament, he provided television commentary for Joy Prime, which had exclusive TV rights to the games.

George Addo Jnr is an excellent storyteller who used his creativity to craft excellent documentaries and features on the Ghanaian league, which led to him being awarded by the Ghana Premier League Board for his significant promotion of the topflight in 2013 and 2014. He was also the chief athletics reporter at Joy FM, covering five significant competitions – the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, the 2018 Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, the 2018 Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba (Nigeria), the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, and the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Addo Jnr’s portfolio of interviewees is impressive, having interviewed top personalities such as CAF President Patrice Motsepe, Borussia Dortmund CEO Carsten Cramer, Liverpool legends Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, and John Barnes, as well as World Athletics boss Lord Coe and legendary football commentators Peter Drury and Jim Beglin, among other distinguished personalities in the sports world.

He has also been featured on some of the world’s leading and influential media, including SuperSport, talkSPORT, Newzroom Afrika, DW, and the BBC, where he now calls home.

Addo Jnr began his new role at the BBC in March and has already made several appearances as a football reporter on the station’s Sports World radio show, which airs on weekends. Despite being permanently based with the BBC, the corporation’s partnership with the Multimedia Group in Ghana means that Addo still hosts a few programs for the Kokomlemle-based broadcaster on radio

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