Hazel Irvine

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Hazel Irvine
Born (1965-05-24) 24 May 1965 (age 54)
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma materUniversity of St. Andrews
OccupationBBC Sport TV presenter
Known forSnooker, Athletics, Golf, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hazel Irvine (born 24 May 1965) is a Scottish television presenter.[2]

Early life[edit]

Irvine was born in St Andrews, Scotland. Educated at Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh, she achieved an MA in History of Art at the University of St. Andrews, and competed in golf, netball and athletics at university level. In her final year she was Senior Student of Hamilton Hall.[citation needed]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Irvine began her broadcasting career in radio, before moving to work for Scottish Television in 1988 as a continuity announcer and latterly, as a sports reporter/presenter. This led to slots on the national ITV network co-presenting coverage of the 1988 Olympics[1] alongside Dickie Davies, and presenting reports from the Scotland football team's training camp at the 1990 World Cup.[1]

She joined the BBC in 1990, working as presenter on BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme and becoming the youngest-ever presenter of the BBC's flagship sports programme Grandstand on 19 June 1993. She also anchored BBC Scotland's coverage of Children in Need for ten years. In 1994, Irvine co-hosted the BBC's Hogmanay Live, and in 1995 she introduced coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup and began reporting for Football Focus. Irvine has presented for the BBC at every Summer Olympics since Atlanta 1996, as well as five Winter Olympics and four FIFA World Cup tournaments. In December 1996, she became the lead presenter of Ski Sunday, initially with Julian Tutt, but then alone from 1997.[1] She is also a regular presenter of the Triple Crown snooker tournaments (the World Snooker Championship, the Masters and the UK Championship) and has regularly presented the sports news on major BBC evening news bulletins, as well as reporting on events such as Wimbledon and the London Marathon.

In August 2008, Irvine presented Olympic Breakfast as well as being one of the commentators for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.[3][4] She reprised these roles for the 2012 Games in London.[5][6]

Irvine also presented BBC coverage of the Winter Olympics in 2014[7] and 2018,[8] the Commonwealth Games in 2014[9] and 2018[10] and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[11]

Irvine covered golf for the BBC as a reporter and presenter for 25 years before handing over the presenter's mantle to her compatriot Eilidh Barbour after the Masters in April 2017.[12]

Irvine presented the netball World Cup from Liverpool in July 2019 for the BBC.

Other interests[edit]

Irvine also works as a media-trainer[13] and after-dinner speaker.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Irvine married her long-term boyfriend at a private ceremony in Scotland in 2008.[15][16] The couple live in London with their daughter.[citation needed]

Away from television, Irvine is the honorary president of the Dumbarton FC Supporters' Association.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "BBC TEAM: Hazel Irvine". BBC Sport. 11 July 2000. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Hazel Irvine". Helensburgh Heroes. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Olympics opening ceremony - live!". theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Olympics: closing ceremony - as it happened". theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "London 2012: Row after NBC drop opening ceremony '7/7 tribute'". theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Hit or miss? Our columnists' verdicts on the Olympics closing ceremony acts". Mirror Online. Mirror Group Newspapers. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the BBC". BBC Media Centre. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Winter Olympics 2018: BBC Sport's live coverage times on TV, radio & online". BBC Sport. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Commonwealth Games on the BBC". BBC Sport. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on the BBC". BBC Media Centre. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Rio 2016 on the BBC". BBC Media Centre. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Hazel Irvine to front her final Masters on the BBC in 2017". BBC Sport. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Our team of media specialists". Media Mentor.
  14. ^ "Hazel Irvine". Jeremy Lee Associates (JLA).
  15. ^ "Scots TV star Hazel Irvine in secret wedding shock". Daily Record. Media Scotland. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Baby joy for BBC presenter Hazel Irvine". Daily Record. Media Scotland. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2011.

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Preceded by
Mark Nicholas
RTS Television Awards
Best Sports Presenter

Succeeded by