Jacqui Oatley MBE

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Football 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 a sports broadcaster working for ITV having previously presented and commentated for the BBC.

On BBC Radio 5live Jacqui became the first female football commentator on national radio. She became a regular sports news presenter on 5live, and also 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 also 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.

After studying German at university, Jacqui began a career in intellectual property. Her career path changed when she suffered a serious knee injury while playing football, and she decided to retrain as a journalist to fill the sporting gap in her life. Starting in hospital radio, she studied journalism and broadcast production. Whilst studying, she worked as a non-league football reporter/presenter for BBC Radio Leeds before going on to work for the BBC in the West Midlands and in London.

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.

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