Mihir Bose is an award winning journalist and author. He writes and broadcasts on social and historical issues as well as sport for a range of outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and the Independent. His latest books are Game Changer: How the English Premier League Came to Dominate the World and The Spirit of the Game: How Sport Made the Modern World.
He was the BBC’s first Sports Editor where his job involved investigating and analysing sports stories. His major scoops included revealing the cost of the Olympics, the Premier League plans for the 39th game and Joe Calzaghe’s decision to retire. He covered all BBC outlets including the flagship Ten O’Clock News, the Today programme, Five Live and the website.
Before joining the BBC, he was the chief sports news correspondent for the Daily Telegraph for 12 years where he created an innovative weekly column, Inside Sport. He also wrote on the editorial pages on such subjects as race, immigration, and other social and cultural issues.
He has written for nearly all the major UK newspapers, editing the Inside Track column of the Sunday Times and several business publications and he wrote the weekly “Big Sports Interview” for the London Evening Standard. He has presented programmes for radio and television, and written 28 books including the first history of Bollywood.
He has won several awards: business columnist of the year, sports news reporter of the year, sports story of the year and Silver Jubilee Literary award for his History of Indian Cricket.
He was consulted by government ministers in the run-up to London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and served on the Budd Committee which provided the basis for the new UK gambling legislation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a former trustee of Sporting Equals, the charity which promotes greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities particularly the black and minority ethnic population, and a former trustee of the National Army Museum.
In September 2012, Loughborough University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for outstanding contribution to journalism and the promotion of equality.
His public speaking – before or after dinner – lifts the lid on sport, the Olympics and journalism as well as wider economic and political issues, and India.
Mihir lives in west London with his wife, Caroline Cecil, who runs a financial PR consultancy. He has a daughter, Indira.