Speaker and Host Profile:
Hazel Irvine is one of the best-known
and instantly familiar faces on the BBC's
sports broadcasting team. Her career
began in 1986 as a production assistant
with Radio Clyde. She moved into sport
a year later when she joined Scottish
Television as a reporter.
Having been prominent in ITV's coverage of the 1988 Olympics and 1990 World Cup,
Hazel joined BBC Scotland in 1990 as presenter of Sportscene. She has gone on to
report on a variety of major events and took over from David Vine as the regular
presenter of BBC Two's Ski Sunday.
1997, Irvine became the youngest-ever presenter of the BBC's flagship sports
programmes Grandstand, and has covered a variety of major sporting events. She has
worked at the last five Summer Olympics, as well as the Winter Olympics and four
Football World Cup tournaments, and has been the regular presenter of BBC's Ski
Sunday and coverage of the World Snooker Championships. She has also regularly
presented the sports news on major BBC evening news bulletins, as well as reporting on
events such as Wimbledon and the London Marathon.
Hazel has also presented Sunday Grandstand and regularly reports for Football Focus.
At the 1999 RTS Awards, she was named Best Regional TV Presenter/Reporter.
Much in demand for corporate work, Hazel has acted as MC at the Royal Television
Society’s Sports Awards, the industry’s most prestigious evening. She was the recipient
of the RTS Award for Best Regional Presenter/Reporter in 1999 and was named Sports
Presenter of the Year at the RTS Sports Awards of 2006.
Hazel is a graduate of the University of St Andrews where she gained an MA Honours
degree in Art History. She has representative honours in golf, netball and athletics and
gained a full vest for athletics from Scottish Universities. In addition, she is the Chairman
of the West of Scotland Institute of Sport and is proud to be the Honorary President of
the Dumbarton Football Club Supporters’ Association.
Hazel is based in West London.
Away from television, Irvine also works as a media trainer and after-dinner speaker.