Jason Dasey in Paris during the 2008 French Open
11 April 1962 |
King George V Memorial Hospital, Camperdown, Sydney, Australia
|Occupation||Television Presenter, Executive Producer, Journalist, Commentator|
Jason Dasey (born 11 April 1962) is a journalist and broadcaster, a former CNN International, BBC World News and ESPN anchor who works as a TV sports host and executive producer for Asian satellite network, ASTRO. Born in Australia, Jason is a Singapore Permanent Resident who has been based in Asia since 2001.
Jason grew up in Sydney where he attended North Sydney Boys High School. During his 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
Partly as a result of that story, 21-year-old Jason was offered 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
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 BBC World. It made him the first Australian newsreader on the re-launched, global news 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 mid-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.
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 and received a commendation for Best News Programme in 2005. He was also senior anchor when SportsCenter Week-in-Review began in November 2004 and when SportsCenter Asia switched to a twice-nightly format in February 2006.
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 from South Africa and devised and hosted the thrice-weekly, European-focused FourFourTwo TV Show on the ASTRO SuperSport channels. Since 2010, Jason has anchored Astro's HD coverage of the Premier League. He also developed original content like the chat program, Bola@Mamak, Football Overload & BPL Turning Points. In November 2011, two of the shows were nominated for Asian TV Awards: Bola@Mamak in the Best Talk Show category and Football Overload for Best Comedy Programme.
Away from football, he presents an interview-based show, Golfing Greats: In Their Own Words for Golf Channel in Singapore and Malaysia. As a weekly sports newspaper columnist, Jason writes for the The Star and New Straits Times in Malaysia and the English website of Al Jazeera and is consulting editor of the Malaysia/Singapore edition of FourFourTwo magazine. In 2009 & 2012, he hosted the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to his Astro duties, Jason runs his own Singapore based company, Dasey Media, specializing in voice-overs, training and consultancy, and hosts a weekly English Premier League preview show on Red Card Sports Radio. In December 2012, Jason received a nomination for Best Sports Presenter/Commentator at the Asian TV Awards. He will be chief host for ASTRO for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil.
- Newsday, BBC World (Sports presenter, 1995–1997)
- World Sport, CNN (Co-host, 1999–2001)
- Sportsline, ESPN STAR Sports (Host, 2001–2003)
- SportsCenter Asia, ESPN STAR Sports (Original host, 2002–2006)
- SportsCenter India, ESPN STAR Sports (Original host, English edition, 2003–2005)
- SportsCenter Pacific Rim, ESPN International (Original co-host/reporter, 2007–2009)
- SportsCenter Atlantic, ESPN International (Original co-host/reporter, 2007–2009)
- Family Foreman, Episode 6, TV Land (As ESPN Reporter, 20 August 2008)
- FourFourTwo TV Show, ASTRO SuperSport (Original host, 2009-2013)
- Golfing Greats: In Their Own Words, Golf Channel (Original host, 2009- )
- 2010 FIFA World Cup. ASTRO (Host, June-July 2010)
- Barclays Premier League. ASTRO (Host, August 2010- )
- Bola@Mamak, ASTRO (Executive Producer, August 2010-May 2013)
- Football Overload, ASTRO (Executive Producer, February 2011- )
- Stadium Unplugged, ASTRO (Executive Producer, November 2011- )
- 2011 Rugby World Cup, ASTRO (Host, October 2011)
- UEFA_Euro_2012, ASTRO (Host/Executive Producer, June-July 2012)
- BPL Turning Points, ASTRO (Host/Executive Producer, August 2013- )
- Official Jason Dasey website
- July 2008 interview for Indian newspaper 
- Jason interviews Roger Federer at 2008 U.S. Open 
- Jason interviews Hollywood actor Anthony LaPaglia 
- CNN Profile 
- Jason leaves SportsCenter India - article 
- India promos 
- Eight years with ESPN 
- November 2010 radio interview on Malaysia's BFM 
- Football Fever Podcast