Hazel Irvine

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Multi-award winning Hazel Irvine is one of Britains’ foremost and highly regarded television presenters. An engaging and authoritative anchor, with over 25 years of journalistic experience, she is renowned for her professionalism and warmth.

Hazel’s biography

For live events, you need someone who’s experienced, reliable, versatile, quick-thinking and able to see the funny side of things! Hazel Irvine has been demonstrating these qualities for over 25 years in broadcasting.

Now a multi-award winning Sports presenter, she also has many high-profile credits in News, Light Entertainment and Events.

An engaging and authoritative sports anchor, she is the "face" of BBC Sport’s golf coverage including The Open and the US Masters, snooker and major events such as the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

The Sochi Winter Games were her 13th Olympics, both summer and winter.

Also a highly-regarded commentator, she has been entrusted with guiding viewers through Opening and Closing ceremonies at the last 4 Olympic Games. The London 2012 Opening ceremony was watched by over 27 million people.

The winner of the prestigious Royal Television Society’s Sports Presenter of the Year award, Hazel also fronted the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning coverage of the World Athletics Championships in 2009.

Hazel fronted one of the corporation’s longest-running shows, Ski Sunday, for a decade and has also covered a huge number of other high-profile events such as Wimbledon, the London Marathon, the Boat Race, Final Score, 4 football World Cups and European football championships.

Amongst Hazel’s many projects for BBC News include the Six O’clock and Ten O’clock news, the Olympic Torch Relay, New Year LIVE and the 2012 Olympic bid announcement in Singapore.

Her frequent ventures outside sport and news have included on-location presentations of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2004, VE Day celebrations, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo for BBC Events. She hosted BBC Scotland’s Children in Need appeal for 10 years and anchored its Millennium Night coverage.

In addition she has presented TV magazine series such as BBC 2’s aviation programme “The Air Show”, health and wellbeing series “Feeling Good” and leisure strand “Outside Now”.

She has enjoyed making guest appearances on programmes such as They Think It’s All Over and Call My Bluff.

She has also worked for ITV Sport, Channel 4, TWI, Radio 5 Live, Radio Scotland and Radio Clyde.

Hazel has acted as compere at numerous awards ceremonies and is in demand as an after-dinner speaker. She also acts as conference facilitator for top organizations such as UK Sport whose Chief Exec, Liz Nicholl described her preparations and performance as "worthy of an elite athlete"!

An honours degree graduate of the University of St Andrews, she represented the Uni in golf, athletics and netball.

Hazel is an enthusiastic, if average, piano and golf player. She is also an enthusiastic supporter of an average football team, Dumbarton FC and is proud to be the Honorary President of the club’s Supporters Association.

Corporate testimonials

“She was the best host we'd ever seen. The perfect blend of humour, seriousness and professionalism. We also loved the fact that she was so approachable as well.”


“Just a quick not to say a huge thank you for hosting CYMA in such magnificent style – the room was buzzing afterwards with everyone I talked to singing your praises – the best ever! Amazing, fantastic and I’ll stop there to save your blushes.”

~ CMYA Awards

“The evening was a great success - mainly because you got the best out of the guests…you somehow get gently under the skin and get us to the real person versus the external celebrity persona. Pleasure to watch and experience.”

~ CISCO Systems

“The Golf Business Forum at St Andrews was proud to welcome you…. You are the ultimate professional and we really appreciated the amount of preparation and  research you had done to stimulate a realistic debate.  It was refreshing that you were not afraid of controversy and drilling down on the topics that really mattered, moving effortlessly from anecdotal comment, strategic business issues, to interaction with the international delegates in the audience. Your style and experience was first class and fitted perfectly with our agenda.”


“A smashing venue and marvellous to hear Hazel recount her life experiences as a top notch sporting presenter!”

“It was a lovely evening and Hazel was enthralling”

“...it was great to hear Hazel Irvine speak as it brought back wonderful memories of the golden summer that we had in 2012”

“Not only did we enjoy the discussion but I particularly value the way that Hazel engaged with my clients and guests throughout the night.

~ GCP Partners

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