Jacqui Oatley MBE

Jacqui Oatley MBE

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Sports Commentator & Presenter

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Synopsis

Having worked extensively on the BBC and ITV, Jacqui is one of the country’s leading sports broadcasters. She was the first woman to lead football commentary on 5live before going on to be the first woman to cover a game for Match of the Day. She’s interviewed the biggest names in sport and alongside football has worked on darts, golf, rugby league, tennis, snooker and Moto GP.

 

Biography

Jacqui Oatley is one of Britain’s leading sports presenters and commentators, a respected and versatile broadcaster with almost two decades of experience. Jacqui is lead commentator on Sky Sports’ coverage of the FA Women’s Super League and presents EFL on Quest, as well as darts for ITV Sport.

As a former player and FA qualified coach, Jacqui has commentated, reported, and presented at several major football tournaments around the world, including FIFA World Cups, Euros and Olympic Games as well as multiple FIFA Women’s World Cups and Euros for both TV and radio.

On BBC Radio 5live Jacqui became the first female football commentator on national radio. She became a regular sports news presenter on 5live, and broadcast on Radios 1, 2 and 4. Her pioneering career continued as she became the first woman to commentate on a match for Match of the Day and went on to voice live matches on BBC television and radio.

Jacqui then moved to ITV, where she continues to cover football and anchors the broadcaster’s darts coverage. She has presented Final Score, The Football League Show, and coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Women’s World Cup, and the UEFA Women’s Championship. She has commentated on matches in the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, and aside from football has covered golf, rugby league, tennis, snooker, and Moto GP.

Jacqui regularly interviews prominent sporting figures, including Premier League managers and players. Her interview with the former UEFA President Lennart Johansson at Euro 2005 became an international news story because of his controversial comments on women’s football. As well as broadcasting she is an FA qualified coach and a director of Women in Football.

Jacqui was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport. The award was in recognition of her work behind the scenes championing the role of women working in football as well as the promotion of the women’s game. She is a Women in Football ambassador and serves on the national committee of the Football Writers’ Association.

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