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TV presenter shows he is full of eastern promise

Belton man Richard Lenton with Usain Bolt and below with footballers Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman

Belton man Richard Lenton with Usain Bolt and below with footballers Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman

A JOURNALIST from near Doncaster is rubbing shoulders with sporting stars in the Far East after landing a top job fronting Singapore TV’s football coverage.

Richard Lenton, 38, originally from High Street, Belton, followed his dream last year by relocating to Singapore to become the face of Premier League football on Mio TV.

And after just over a year in the job, he was nominated for Best Sports Presenter at the 2012 Asian TV Awards earlier in December.

Richard, who started his career at the Free Press’ sister paper the Epworth Bells, just missed out on first place but said: “It was an honour to make the shortlist and to be recognized for doing a decent job.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been to an awards ceremony - I think the last individual award I won was Player of the Year for Belton Under 16s.”

Richard moved to Singapore with girlfriend Ellen 34, in July 2011 after a year covering sport for ESPN, for which he interviewed celebrities including sprint star Usain Bolt and boxer Amir Khan.

He now presents two live shows, ‘Football Face Off’ and ‘Tiger, It’s Your Shout’, and has interviewed footballing stars including ex-England players Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

 

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