Lively, committed and universally respected, trailblazing sports journalist Jacqui Oatley made history in April 2007 as the first woman commentator on Match of the Day.
Her depth of knowledge, sense of fun and relaxed style has consistently placed this her at the vanguard of sports broadcasting since becoming the first female commentator on British network radio in 2005. Jacqui is a sports broadcaster for the BBC, ESPN and IMG (the Premier League’s worldwide television channel), specialising in football.
She regularly presents sports news on the BBC News Channel, BBC World and has recently fronted live England women’s football matches on BBC2. She is ESPN’s host of their FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) Show and a guest pundit on the English Premier League for TV2 in Norway.
A keen sportswoman herself, it took a serious knee injury in 2000 to see Jacqui make the switch from a career in intellectual property rights management to sports broadcasting; culminating in the securing of a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, to add to her BA Hons degree in German. Aside from covering sports as varied as tennis, rugby league and MotoGP, she has also reported from the World Snooker Championship, the Open Golf Championship and Royal Ascot – not to mention a stint as the voice of TV classic, It’s A Knockout for BBC’s Sport Relief.
I have great admiration and respect for Jacqui as she forges a career in a male dominated profession. Jacqui has many qualities, not the least being her enthusiasm for the job in hand. She is forever willing to listen and learn which we all must do if we are to improve. On the too few many times I have worked with her, I have found her knowledgeable, funny and very professional. That is as good a hat-trick as it gets.
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