Hazel Irvine is one of BBC Sport’s most experienced and versatile broadcasters. She has presented and reported from 15 Winter and Summer Olympics and fronted golf coverage for over a quarter of a decade. Owing to her diverse wealth of credits, Hazel is an expert event host and awards presenter.
About Hazel Irvine
Hazel Irvine has been in the world of sports journalism, writing and anchoring for over 30 years. Her many varied credits also include 4 World Cup Finals, the London Marathon, Grandstand, the Boat Race, Wimbledon, Final Score and Channel 4’s pioneering women’s football programming in the late 1980s. Hazel won the prestigious Royal Television Society’s Sports Presenter of the Year award in 2007 and has led presentation teams on a huge variety of events on BBC television, ITV and Channel 4.
Hazel Irvine was the anchor for the Golf Women’s Open and co-presenter on ‘The Open’, ‘The Masters’, ‘The Ryder Cup’ and the ‘Solheim Cup’. She has been an integral part of the BBC’s coverage of virtually all major events over the last two decades. Hazel’s many other credits include ‘Final Score’, ‘Football Focus’ and ‘Wimbledon.’ In addition to her role at BBC Sport, Hazel hosted the coverage of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2004. She has also presented three magazine programmes: BBC2’s The Air Show; Feeling Good’, a health and wellbeing series and ‘Outside Now’, a leisure and activities series, both for BBC Scotland and has hosted the channel’s ‘Children In Need’ appeal and anchored its Millennium Night coverage.
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. Hazel 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.
Also a well-regarded commentator, Hazel has guided viewers through Opening and Closing ceremonies at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games from Turin in 2006, Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi, Melbourne, Glasgow, Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Gold Coast 2018. An estimated 28 million people watched London’s Opening ceremony.
As one of the very first female sports presenters in the country, Hazel has been at the heart of a story that has seen a transformation in the role and profile of women in broadcasting.
"I’d like to sincerely thank Hazel for making such a fantastic contribution to our events last week."
Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games