List of female BBC Sports presenters and reporters

Isaiah Mmachi

Men have long dominated the world of sports broadcasting. But in recent years, female presenters and reporters have made their mark.

The BBC, in particular, has been at the forefront of this change, with several talented women taking on key roles in sports coverage.

From presenters to commentators, these women have been breaking barriers and changing the face of sports broadcasting.

These are the most prominent female BBC Sports presenters and reporters and their backgrounds.

1. Kelly Somers

Kelly Somers Standing at a stadium
Kelly Somers, one of the most popular presenters on BBC, has covered major events, including the FIFA World Cup.

Kelly Somers is a British sports presenter and reporter. She was born on 21 December 1990 in Watford, Hertfordshire.

The English reporter is known for contributing to the UK’s football coverage on radio and television.

She has worked with broadcasters, including the BBC, Amazon, Optus Sport, and Premier League Productions.

Kelly on BBC Sports is a big name because she has appeared in Final Score, Match of the Day, The Women’s Football Show, and Football Focus.

Also, she has provided coverage of England’s progress during UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

2. Sally Nugent

Sally Nugent on the red carpet at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, at the P&J Live arena on December 15, 2019
Sally Nugent on the red carpet at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Image: Getty Images

Sally Nugent is a British journalist, newsreader, and television presenter. She is among the best BBC breakfast sports presenters of her generation.

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She was born on 5 August 1971 in Merseyside, England. Nugent has been part of BBC Breakfast since 2021.

Her career began at BBC Radio Merseyside before moving on to reporting and reading sports news on BBC North West Tonight.

She joined BBC News in 2003 as a sports reporter, appearing on national news bulletins, and then as a sports news presenter on the BBC News Channel.

Besides BBC Breakfast, her other notable works include 100 Years of BBC News and BBC News at 9.

3. Emma Louise Jones

Emma Louise Jones poses for a photo at a stadium
Emma Louise Jones watches a game at a stadium. Image: Instagram/eljonesuk

Emma Louise Jones is one of the most prominent British female football presenters. She is also a podcaster, social media influencer, and journalist.

The sports presenter was born on 21 December 1990 in Northwich, Cheshire. She started working for Channel 5 News in 2013 as a freelance journalist.

She worked for other networks in the UK until 2021 when she joined the BBC, where she has hosted daily shows on BBC MOTDx and has been a presenter at Premier Sports.

4. Eilidh Barbour

Eilidh Barbour works for both BBC and Sky Sports
Eilidh Barbour works for both BBC and Sky Sports. Image: Instagram/eilidh_barbour

Eilidh Margaret Barbour was born on 14 December 1982 in Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland.

She started her career in broadcasting after graduating from the University of Stirling with a degree in film and media studies.

Initially, Eilidh worked with STV, where she gained experience editing football and rugby highlights before progressing to various reporting roles.

Later, she made significant contributions to sports broadcasting, particularly as the main presenter for BBC’s golf coverage, a position she assumed in 2017.

Also, Barbour has presented and reported on the Premier League, FA Cup matches, the Women’s Six Nations, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Winter Olympics, and the Open Championship.

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5. Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan holding a cup of coffee
Gabby Logan has been a popular figure at BBC Sports. Image: Instagram/gabbylogan

Gabby Logan is one of the best female BBC Sports presenters. She is a Welsh television and radio presenter and a former rhythmic gymnast representing Wales and Great Britain.

Born 24 April 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, she has become one of the UK’s premier broadcasters, known for her dedication, professionalism, and fantastic sense of humour.

Logan’s career began in broadcasting in 1996 as a presenter on BBC Radio 2’s weekday mid-morning show. She has since worked with the BBC, where she hosted Final Score for BBC Sport from 2009 until 2013.

Furthermore, Gabby has presented various sports events, such as the European Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the World Athletics Championships, and the London Marathon.

6. Alex Scott

Alex Scott sunkissed
Alex Scott. Image: Instagram/alexscott2

Alex Scott is one of the current female presenters on BBC Sports. She is a former professional footballer and current sports presenter and pundit.

She was born on 14 October 1984 in London, England. After retiring from football, Scott transitioned to broadcasting and became a prominent sports journalism figure.

Scott’s broadcasting career began in 2014 when she joined the BBC as a pundit for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. She has since presented Football Focus, Match of the Day, and BBC MOTDx.

7. Hazel Irvine

Hazel Irvine during day one of the Cazoo World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Hazel Irvine at the Cazoo World Snooker Championship. Image: Getty Images

Hazel Irvine is a highly respected Scottish sports presenter and journalist known for her extensive and versatile career in broadcasting. She was born on 24 May 1965 in St Andrews, Scotland.

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She has worked in the media space for over 30 years. Her career began in 1986 on Radio Clyde, and she later joined Scottish Television as a continuity announcer and sports reporter/presenter.

Irvine’s expertise and experience have made her a key asset to the BBC. She has been a familiar face presenting many sports, including snooker and golf.

8. Robyn Cowen

Robyn Cowen wearing headsets

Robyn Cowen is an English journalist best known as the lead play-by-play commentator on BBC One during the England women’s national football team matches, including the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

Cowen’s career in broadcasting began in 2011 when she joined the BBC as a sports reporter. She later joined BBC Radio 5 Live in 2014 and became part of the commentary team for Match of the Day in 2018.

The sports presenter has also been a commentator for the BBC at the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 and commented for the BBC at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

9. Reshmin Chowdhury

Reshmin Chowdhury taking a selfie while holding sunglasses
Reshmin Chowdhury. Image: Instagram/reshmintv

Reshmin Chowdhury is a British sports journalist, broadcaster, and event host. She was born on 16 December 1977  in London, England.

Her career in broadcasting began in 2000 when she worked as a TV News Helpdesk Operator at Reuters TV News. 

The sports presenter later worked as a UK Editor of global online events guide and produced specialist business reports for various international print media.

Reshmin has worked with the BBC, BT Sport, and TNT Sports. She has presented live coverage of the Women’s Super League and major women’s football tournaments for BBC Sport.

10. Vicki Sparks

 Vicki Sparks addressing  guests during the Grand Opening of the Newcastle United Foundation NUCASTLE building on March 29, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Vicki Sparks was the first woman to commentate on a live football match in the history of the sport on Britain TV. Image: Getty Images

Vicki Sparks is among the English female BBC Sports presenters. She mostly commentates and reports for BBC Sport and BT Sport.

The English has reported for Final Score and regularly covers women’s football for the BBC. 2018 Sparks was part of the BBC’s team covering Russia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On 20 June 2018, while still at the World Cup, Vicki Sparks became the first woman in history to commentate on a live World Cup match on British television.

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