11 November 1980 |
Ealing, London, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Television anchor and presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Buckle (m. 2013)|
Early life and education
The daughter of BBC News presenter Chris Lowe, she was born in Ealing, west London, where according to reports she walked to school with footballer Peter Crouch. Lowe attended Notting Hill & Ealing High School then Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania on an English-Speaking Union scholarship. She graduated with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Drama from the University of East Anglia in 2002.
Work at the BBC
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.
It was announced that on 28 June 2007 that Lowe would leave the BBC to join Setanta Sports as a football presenter and reporter. 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.
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 presenting for ESPN when the Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup Quarter Final in March 2012. She co-hosted the network's telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup alongside Bob Ley. In January 2011 she hosted the F.A. 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. In June 2012 she appeared on US television as co-host of ESPN's US coverage of UEFA Euro 2012.
On 26 March 2013, it was announced that she would be the Lead Studio Host for NBC's exclusive coverage of the Premier League in the United States beginning with the 2013–14 season. In this capacity, she hosts all studio coverage for NBC including 6 live games across the weekend and Match of the Day. She was also live weekday and weekend host on NBC Sports during the 2014 Winter Olympics. In December 2013, Rebecca was named Newcomer of the Year by Sports Illustrated in their annual Media Awards.
Lowe's brother Alex Lowe is a sports journalist for The Times of London.
On 12 June 2013, Lowe married former Torquay, Luton and Cheltenham Town F.C. manager Paul Buckle in a private ceremony in Santorini, Greece. Buckle is now Head Coach at Sacramento Republic FC in the USL.
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