HOW TO KICK OFF A CAREER IN SPORTS BROADCASTING
If your goal is making a maximum break into sports broadcasting this is the RTS cup final for you. Former England cricketer turned broadcaster Isa Guha umpires a premier league panel of top broadcasters including BBC sport supremo Barbara Slater, commentator/presenter Jacqui Oatley, former Wolves keeper turned pundit Matt Murray and top indy head honcho Mark Cole (he’s promised not to whisper) as they field a few googlies on mixing sport with broadcasting. So no need to dive for cover – sign up now for a lunch session that’s easily digested.
Host: Isa Guha - Isa Guha is a BBC (UK) and Fox sports (Australia) sports broadcaster, who has worked globally for various different media companies, and former England cricketer who won 2 World Cups and 3 Ashes series. A right arm medium-fast bowler, Guha made her Test debut at the age of 17 in 2002. She announced her retirement from international cricket in 2012.
Barbara Slater OBE: Barbara Slater took up her role as Director of Sport at BBC Sport in April 2009.
Barbara was responsible for BBC Sport’s acclaimed cross-platform coverage of the London Olympic Games - the most watched TV event in UK broadcasting history.
Barbara was awarded the ‘Inspirational Woman Prize’ at the Women in Film and Television Awards in recognition of this achievement and is a member of the IOC Press Committee and the UK’s Sports Business Council. Barbara was awarded the OBE in 2014 for her services to sports broadcasting.
Jacqui Oatley MBE: Jacqui Oatley MBE is an experienced broadcaster on UK television, radio and digital platforms. 18 years after changing career to retrain as a broadcast journalist, Jacqui now presents on ITV - as anchor of their darts coverage - and covers football for Sky Sports, BBC and The Athletic.
She became the first female commentator on Match of the Day in 2007. As a former player and FA qualified coach, Jacqui has presented and commentated on the biggest football tournaments, including men’s and women’s World Cups and Euros, as well as the Olympic Games.
Matt Murray: Matt Murray forged a footballing career as a professional goalkeeper for Wolverhampton Wanderers. During his time at Wolves he won PFA Fans Player of the Year in the Championship and was named as part of the PFA Team of the Year in 2006-07.
Since retiring from football ten years ago, Matt has worked as a pundit for Sky Sports and as an in-studio summariser for Sky Sports News. Matt is also an ambassador for Midlands mental health charity The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
Mark Cole: Mark Cole has two decades of industry experience on huge sporting events, leading the BBC Football team at the FIFA World Cup 2014™ and UEFA EURO 2016™.
He has worked across a wealth of Olympic coverage from as far back as Sydney 2000 and was the key editorial lead in the daytime coverage of London 2012.
As BBC Sport’s first Multi-Platform Editor, playing a vital role in the move to MediaCity, relaunching Match of the Day and bringing together teams across radio, online and sports news, while integrating social media.