Jacqui Oatley is a member of the BBC football team, commentating for BBC Television and Radio 5 live. Jacqui also presents sports news on the BBC News Channel and in April 2007, became the first female commentator on Match of the Day.
Jacqui joined BBC Radio 5 live in 2003, having previously worked in local radio for BBC Radio Leeds and BBC London as a sports reporter. She also worked on BBC West Midlands in Birmingham as a news reporter.
Jacqui changed career from intellectual property management to journalism after a serious knee injury whilst playing football in 2000. She had been a keen footballer for many years prior to the injury and is an FA qualified football coach. She has reported many times for the BBC’s Football Focus and the Football League Show. She commentated for Radio 5 Live on several matches at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
She was the Austria-based reporter for BBC Television at Euro 2008. Later that year, she commentated live on Beijing Olympics football matches for television. Jacqui also commentated and reported on Women’s Euro 2005 in England and the Women’s World Cup in China in 2007. She presented the children’s television show “Level Up” at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Jacqui also presents the FAWSL highlights show for ESPN and reports on the Premier League’s worldwide television channel (IMG).
Away from football, Jacqui follows a wide range of other sports. As well as having covered tennis, rugby league and MotoGP, she has also reported from the World Snooker Championship and the Open Golf Championship.