He covered eleven Summer Olympic Games from 1960 to 2000 and six football World Cups.
Coleman presented some of the BBC's leading sporting programmes, including Grandstand and Sportsnight, and was the host of A Question of Sport for 18 years. Later that year he became the first broadcaster to receive the Olympic Order award, in recognition of his contribution to the Olympic movement.
I’m also a father to the world’s cutest little girl, and I am an unapologetic man.
Some say I’m nuts, others say I’ve changed their life forever. I’d prefer brutally honest breakthrough to a “nice” rut any damn day of the week.
In October 1958, the BBC's Head of Sport Peter Dimmock recruited Coleman to be the presenter of the new Saturday afternoon sports programme Grandstand. He also presented the BBC Sports Personality of the Year from 1961, and Sportsnight from 1968 to 1972 as well as other special sporting events such as the Grand National.