Hazel Irvine

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Multi-award winning Hazel Irvine is one of Britain’s foremost, recognisable and highly regarded sports presenters, with 21 years of journalistic experience on TV.

Hazel’s biography

Hazel Irvine is one of Britain’s foremost and highly regarded television presenters.

Renowned for her experience and versatility, Hazel is a multi-award winning sports broadcaster who also has many high-profile credits in News, Light Entertainment and Events.

In the summer of 2008 Hazel helped to wake up the nation on the BBC’s Olympic Breakfast Programme from Beijing with co-presenter Adrian Chiles. She also commentated on the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies with Huw Edwards.

In fact, Hazel has been an integral part of BBC Sport’s output over the last 18 years. The Beijing Games were her 10th Olympics, both summer and winter.

An authoritative and engaging anchor, she is the regular “face’ of BBC Sport’s coverage of snooker, athletics, much of it’s golf output and major multi-sport events. In 2007 she earned the Royal Television Society’s Sports Presenter of the Year award.

She was the youngest presenter ever to anchor Grandstand and the face of Ski Sunday for a decade.

Her credits also include the Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup, The Masters, Wimbledon, the London Marathon and the Boat Race. In football she has reported from 4 football World Cups and European championships.

Amongst Hazel’s many projects for BBC News are 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 and 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 three television magazine programme series; BBC 2’s The Air Show, health and wellbeing show Feeling Good and Outside Now, a leisure and activities strand for BBC Scotland.

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

In addition Hazel has presented many radio programmes for Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Scotland.

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

Hazel and her husband are based in West London. She remains 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.

What others have to say...

“Hazel is fantastic and does a great job drawing together the themes from the conference programme.”

~ Conference attendee

“The consummate all-rounder. Whichever sport she is covering, she demonstrates enthusiasm and exemplary professionalism. She knows her sport, she puts in the homework and she is a formidable asset to the BBC.”

~ The Royal Television Society

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