Jason Dasey

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Jason Dasey
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Jason Dasey in Paris during the 2008 French Open
Born (1962-04-11) 11 April 1962 (age 53)
King George V Memorial Hospital, Camperdown, Sydney, Australia
Residence Singapore
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television Presenter, Executive Producer, Journalist, Commentator
Employer The_Walt_Disney_Company
Official website

Jason Dasey (born 11 April 1962) is a journalist, broadcaster and digital media executive who works as coordinating producer and senior editor of ESPN FC at the The_Walt_Disney_Company in Singapore. He is best known for being the first Australian sports host on CNN_International and BBC_World_News and the original anchor of ESPN's SportsCenter Asia. Born in Australia, Jason is a Singapore Permanent Resident who has been based in Asia since 2001.

Early career[edit]

Jason grew up in Sydney where he attended North Sydney Boys High School and worked as a co-editor of the school's magazine. During the final two years at school, he was a freelance reporter for Australian Associated Press. In early 1980 at the age of seventeen, Jason became a cadet journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's oldest newspaper.

Towards the end of his four years with the Herald, Jason stumbled on his biggest story in September 1983 when a personal vacation to New York City coincided with Australia winning sailing's America's Cup. Jason borrowed a blazer and talked his way into the New York Yacht Club before sending back an insider's account to the Sydney Morning Herald on the night the United States lost the America's Cup for the first time after 132 years.

Move to Television[edit]

That exclusive, front page story helped 21-year-old Jason land a job at Australia's Seven Network in Sydney where he worked between 1983 and 1985 as an on-air reporter for Seven News and its nightly current affairs show. At the end of 1985, he became a producer and reporter for SBS-TV.

In 1987, Jason left Australia to base himself in London. After freelancing as a producer/reporter for Reuters TV, BBC TV and SBS-TV, Jason became a sports producer and reporter for European satellite network Sky News in January 1989 before it launched in Britain. A year later at Sky, he gained his first experience in the studio, as a weekend sports presenter.

BBC and CNN Jobs[edit]

At the end of 1994, Jason biggest break came when, as a freelance producer and occasional presenter for BBC_World_Service_Television in London, he was promoted to senior sports anchor on the rebranded BBC_World_News. It made him the first Australian newsreader on the global network as part of ‘Newsday’, a breakfast show for Europe.

After three years in London with the BBC, Jason moved to the U.S. in 1997. After working as a freelance reporter for BBC World Service and Denver local station, KUSA-TV 9-News (NBC), Jason re-located to Atlanta in early 1999 to take up a job at CNN International. He was initially a news producer/writer, but in May 1999, Jason became the first Australian sports anchor on CNN International's World Sport, broadcasting daily to more than 200 countries, often in partnership with Pedro Pinto.

ESPN career[edit]

In November 2001, Jason left CNN to become the senior news presenter at Asian network ESPN Star Sports, based in Singapore. After initially hosting the India-focused Sportsline, Jason was the original anchor as SportsCenter Asia was launched in earnest in May 2002 and when SportsCenter India was reshaped as an English-language show in October 2003. With Jason as co-host, SportsCenter Asia was voted Best Sports Programme at the 2003 Asian Television Awards. In 2005, he appeared as a judge on the first Dream Job Asia series including the final with Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram.

In addition, Jason presented major sporting events for ESPN STAR Sports including three tennis Grand Slams, international cricket and rugby plus the 2006 FIFA World Cup where he was an on-site 'live' reporter in Germany.

After hosting more than 1000 news programmes during five years at ESPN STAR, Jason relocated to ESPN's world headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut in late 2006 to be an anchor for the launch for two more international versions of SportsCenter while reporting on major events like the 2008 Masters Tournament and 2008 French Open. He also conducted in-depth SportsCenter Conversations with sports legends that included Sugar Ray Leonard, Nadia Comăneci and George Foreman. His meeting with Foreman in Houston for ESPN was featured in Episode 6 of the Family Foreman reality TV series, airing in August 2008 on TV Land.

In November 2008, Jason moved back to Asia, setting up a base in Hong Kong while freelancing for ESPN, primarily as a feature interviewer of sports identities like Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Venus Williams and Justin Langer while continuing to write a weekly column on Asian and Australian football for ESPN Soccernet.


After almost eight years within the ESPN group, Jason joined Asian satellite network ASTRO in May 2009 as a sports presenter and executive producer. Based in Kuala Lumpur, he anchored the 2010 FIFA World Cup and devised new programming including FourFourTwo TV Show, Bola@Mamak, BPL Turning Points & Stadium Unplugged. In November 2011, two of the shows were nominated for Asian TV Awards in non-sports categories: Best Talk Show & Best Comedy Show.

Away from football, he presented 26 episodes of an interview-based show, Golfing Greats: In Their Own Words for Golf Channel in Singapore and Malaysia. As a weekly sports newspaper columnist, Jason wrote for several regional newspapers including The Star, New Straits Times and 'South China Morning Post" . For two years he was chief columnist and consulting editor of the Malaysia/Singapore edition of FourFourTwo magazine and hosted a popular weekly football podcast, Football Fever. In 2009, 2012 & 2014, he emceed the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards in Kuala Lumpur. In December 2012, Jason received a nomination for Best Sports Presenter/Commentator at the Asian TV Awards.

Return to ESPN[edit]

In May 2014, Jason re-joined ESPN in a senior manager role with a focus on creating digital content and commercial opportunities for ESPN_FC. His last hosting for ASTRO was the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil, including the final. In November 2014, Jason helped launch the Southeast Asia edition of ESPN_FC and hosted the 2014_AFC_Annual_Awards in Manila. In January 2015, he reported from Australia from the 2015_AFC_Asian_Cup for both web and ESPN_FC TV show.

TV Roles[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Official Jason Dasey website
  • July 2008 interview for Indian newspaper [1]
  • Jason interviews Roger Federer at 2008 U.S. Open [2]
  • Jason interviews Hollywood actor Anthony LaPaglia [3]
  • CNN Profile [4]
  • Jason leaves SportsCenter India - article [5]
  • India promos [6]
  • Eight years with ESPN [7]
  • November 2010 radio interview on Malaysia's BFM [8]
  • Football Fever Podcast [9]
  • Rejoins ESPN [10]