Rebecca Lowe

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Rebecca Lowe
Born (1980-11-11) 11 November 1980 (age 39)
NationalityBritish
OccupationTelevision anchor and presenter
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)
Paul Buckle (m. 2013)
Children1
Parent(s)Chris Lowe

Rebecca Lowe (born 11 November 1980) is an English television presenter and anchor who works for NBC and NBC Sports. She previously worked at the BBC, Setanta Sports and ESPN.

Early life and education[edit]

The daughter of BBC News presenter Chris Lowe, she was born in Ealing, west London,[1] where according to reports she walked to school with footballer Peter Crouch.[2] Lowe attended Notting Hill & Ealing High School then Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, United States on an English-Speaking Union scholarship.[3] She graduated with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Drama from the University of East Anglia in 2002.[4]

Career[edit]

Seeking to be an actress, she worked on graduation at TalkSport while looking for an agent.[4] In November 2002, she won BBC Television's Talent Search for a football reporter.

Work at the BBC[edit]

Lowe reported from a top Premier League match every Saturday for Final Score, was regularly a reporter on interviews and features for Football Focus, and was the presenter of a "Football in the Community" feature every Sunday morning on Match of the Day (all on BBC One).

She was a regular contributor to BBC Television's Match of the Day 2 and Grandstand. She was also one of the main sports presenters on BBC News 24 and BBC Radio Five Live, and has additionally broadcast sports news for BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 1, 2 and 4.

Lowe worked as BBC One's England team reporter during the 2005 Women's European Championship, and was a reporter for BBC Two at the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. She also performed the role of pitch side reporter at the FA Women's Cup Final in 2003, 2004 and 2005, which was shown live on BBC One. Lowe reported from the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[5]

Setanta Sports[edit]

It was announced on 28 June 2007 that Lowe would leave the BBC to join Setanta Sports as a football presenter and reporter.[6] She co-hosted Setanta's coverage of the Football Conference as well as reporting on the Premier League and co-presenting Football Matters, Setanta's Monday night football discussion and review show, alongside James Richardson.

ESPN[edit]

After the demise of Setanta, it was announced in July 2009, that she had joined ESPN's new UK sports channel, to co-host their new Premier League football coverage, alongside Ray Stubbs, who joined ESPN from the BBC. At ESPN she became the first woman in the UK to host the FA Cup Final, presenting a 7-hour broadcast pitch side from the 2012 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool. She was also there for ESPN when the Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup quarter-final in March 2012.[7] She co-hosted the network's telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup alongside Bob Ley.[8] In January 2011, she hosted the FA Cup third round game between Arsenal and Leeds United with Robbie Savage and Martin Keown, at half time she was subjected to cruel taunts from the Leeds fans and was showered with hot dogs and coins.[9] In June 2012 she appeared on US television as co-host of ESPN's US coverage of UEFA Euro 2012.

NBC[edit]

On 26 March 2013, NBC Sports hired Lowe to serve as the lead studio host for its coverage of the Premier League in the United States, beginning in the 2013–14 season.[10] In December 2013, Rebecca was named Newcomer of the Year by Sports Illustrated in their annual Media Awards.[11] NBC later renewed her contract with the network through 2022.[12]

Personal life[edit]

On 22 December 2008, while presenting Football Matters, Lowe confirmed she supports Crystal Palace.[1][2] She has confirmed this in several appearances with the Men in Blazers.[13]

Lowe's brother Alex Lowe is a sports journalist for The Times.

On 12 June 2013, Lowe married former Torquay United, Luton Town and Cheltenham Town F.C. manager Paul Buckle in a private ceremony in Santorini, Greece. Buckle is the former[14] Head Coach and Technical Director at Sacramento Republic FC in the United Soccer League. Buckle is currently assistant U23's Coach at Southampton FC in the English Premier League. [15][16]

Lowe gave birth to her first child, Edward "Teddy" Christopher Buckle, on 17 April 2016.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rebecca Lowe". tvnewsroom.org. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b Glendenning, Barry (6 March 2009). "Rebecca Lowe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Rebecca Lowe ’99 Kicks Off NBC’s Premier League Coverage", accessed 15 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Sporting Chance". Daily Express. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  5. ^ "BBC World Cup 2006 coverage". BBC Sport. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  6. ^ Rebecca Lowe joins Setanta TV Newsroom
  7. ^ Sale, Charles (20 July 2009). "Race law derails Indian summer". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  8. ^ 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Commentators – ESPN MediaZone. Archived 14 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "ROBBIE PELTED BY HOT DOGS". Daily Star. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  10. ^ Sale, Charles (26 March 2013). "Lowe blow for BT as ESPN reporter Rebecca agrees deal to host Premier League football in America". The Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  11. ^ "NBC's Rebecca Lowe to host Olympics; Auburn-'Bama behind the scenes". SI.com. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  12. ^ Caldwell, Dave (2 May 2017). "How Rebecca Lowe went from England to become the US's face of football". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Men in Blazers gives Rebecca Lowe a Holiday Gift". www.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Sacramento Republic replace coach Paul Buckle with Simon Elliott". Bristol: www.espn.com. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  15. ^ Williamson, Laura (3 May 2012). "Rebecca Lowe lives with a manager, idolised Alan Pardew and will make television history on Saturday..." London: www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  16. ^ Lynam, Des (4 May 2012). "Rebecca Lowe to become first woman to front final at Wembley, but is 'best man' for the job". London: www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2012.

Bibliography[edit]

  • "BBC TV World Cup Team" (PDF) (Press release). British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 1 July 2006.

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