Des Kelly presents BT Sport’s Football Tonight and is match reporter on their live Premier League and FA Cup football coverage. Des is also a columnist for the Evening Standard newspaper and is a regular contributor and host on talkSPORT.
Des made his move to BT at the launch of its new sports channel after almost a decade writing for the Daily Mail. He appeared on Sky News and BBC Breakfast and was a regular member of the BBC Radio Five Live Fighting Talk panel show before joining talkSPORT where he hosted his own show The Press Pass.
Previously, Des was the Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the Daily Mirror. He is a former Assistant Editor and Head of Sport of the Daily Express, football editor of the Sunday Express, and the Chief Sports Reporter of the now defunct Today newspaper. He was previously a columnist for The Sunday Times, has written for GQ, appeared in the German newspaper Bildand also L’Équipe in France.
Des was part of the BBC1’s Inside Sport presenting team, which was hosted by Gabby Logan between 2007 and 2009.
Des has also made television appearances on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 and remains the only journalist to appear as a pundit on either show. He has also guested on Channel 4’s Clive Anderson’s Sports Talk Show, Sky Sports’ Hold the Back Page show and one of his first assignments was to provide live reports for Sky News from England’s 3-0 win over Poland in 1989. He has been a contributor to a number of programmes, including BBC’s The Noughties… Was That It? and Britain’s Most Annoying People as well as GMTV and others.
He has completed two London Marathons, the Network Q Rally of Great Britain twice, the Arctic Rally, the Belgium Bianchi Rally and others. He took part in the world’s first two-seater F1 race with Fernando Alonso at Donington Park. He completed in the 2007 Isle of Wight Round The Island race on board an Extreme 40 sailing boat, made a parachute jump for MENCAP, has run with the bulls in Pamplona. and climbed Kilimanjaro as part of a Football League team raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in the summer of 2011.