Sky Sports News is recognized to rope in the best as well as leading presenters for its television programs. It was no surprise when in 1998, Jim White joined Sky Sports News after having spent 19 years at STV in Scotland. Jim White is known to be one of Scottish footballs most reputed and respected names. Apart from becoming a regular presenter on Sky Sports news, Jim White also presents the live coverage of Tennents Scottish Cup as well as the Scotland Home Internationals.
Jim White began his career with the Scottish and Universal Newspaper in the year 1974 after completing a journalism course from Napier College in Edinburgh. From 1979 to 1988 he worked as sports and news reporter for Scotland Today, a nightly Scottish television news program. However, Jim White became the popular name that he’s today after he started hosting Scotsport on STV in 1989. He worked for ten years then went on to join Sky Sports News.
Despite being very popular as a presenter Jim White like every other has also received a large amount of flack during his career. Silver fox is one of the many names which have been allotted to him.
Alcohol has become a cause of considerable trouble in Jim Whites life. From losing his license to his wife, alcohol has wrecked havoc in his life. It was in 2004 when White was first arrested in Glasgow on charges of drunk driving. He received a one year ban from driving and also was required to pay a fine. This story also made headlines because Jim White had initially refused to take a breath analyzer test.
His reasoning left the police and the court baffled because he stated that the police could not arrest him because he was going to interview Jose Mourinho the very next day. His indignance in not providing a specimen even after he was taken to the police station did not go in his favor. Jim Whites lawyer later stated that though White had certain reasons for his reservation towards a breath test, he’d seen that these failed to amount to an acceptable excuse in the eyes of the law.
Even though Jim Whites plea of not guilty to driving while unfit through drink or drugs as well as his failure to give a roadside breath test were accepted by the Crown, he did face the 1 year ban on driving. After this incident Jim White did express his remorse over his actions as well as over his involvement with the police.
Jim Whites first marriage to wife Fiona ended in the year 1995, Ten years after they ended up married. He then married Avril in February 2001. Whites excessive drinking had been a constant source of problems and finally in the summer of 2003, Jim White split up from his second wife as well. Avril had, it seemed moved to a rented apartment after being unable to handle his drinking. She then went on to engage a private detective and discovered that White was cheating on her with a much married woman.
However, Jim White continues to be Sky Sports News favorite. Apart from football he lists his interests with cricket as well as anything associated with sports.