Scottish television TV sports presenter, Dougie Donnelly is best associated with football, golf and snooker. A fantastic awards host and conference chair, Dougie will entertain an after-dinner audience with his vast career anecdotes. Friendly and professional, and very comfortable in front of large crowds, Dougie can cater to all manner of audiences.
Dougie Donnelly is renowned as a professional and personable presenter and host of corporate dinners, awards ceremonies, promotional events, sales conferences and corporate videos and is also in constant demand as an entertaining after dinner speaker.
Away from broadcasting Dougie Donnelly remains a sport enthusiast, he is a keen golfer, playing and speaking at corporate golf events throughout the UK.
Dougie joined the BBC in 1978 and has fronted many of their major sports programmes and events. He has been involved with a wide variety of major network sporting productions including presenting the BBC’s premier sport programme GRANDSTAND. In Scotland he is most associated with the sport he has presented and reported on for more than twenty years: football. While the rest of the UK will know Dougie better through his years of presenting Golf and Snooker.
During this time Dougie Donnelly has built a rapport with the players, officials and fans from all sides of the sporting spectrum giving him some wonderful anecdotes to entertain and amuse audiences in his role as after dinner speaker and/or master of ceremonies at events throughout the UK.
Football has been one of Dougie’s main focuses, he has presented live games from European Competitions, the SPL, Scottish Cup and Internationals. Golf also features heavily in Dougie's schedule having covered both the Masters and the Open and having interviewed some the World’s top players including Tiger Woods, Nick Price, Ernie Els, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman and, his long-time friends, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood to name a few.
Dougie has covered five Olympic Games, three Summer two Winter, where he famously commentated on the British Ladies Curling team winning Gold. He has has travelled extensively during his time with the BBC covering some of the World’s major sporting events, over and above the Olympic and Commonwealth Games he has presented two World Cup Tournaments and three European Championship.
He has also produced, written and presented a variety of sell through video biographies for sporting personalities including Gavin Hastings and Ally McCoist, Lubo Moravcik and Paul Gascoigne. 2016 saw Dougie become a columnist for Bunkered, Scotland’s only gold magazine.
While Dougie Donnelly has established himself as a sports presenter his versatility is underlined by his presentation of non-sporting programmes, including two series of his own chat show for BBC Scotland, and quiz shows for both ITV and BBC. He was also an award winning disc jockey on Radio Clyde where he presented the station's most listened to midweek programme, the mid-morning show. During this time he was named ‘Scottish Television Personality of the Year’ and ‘Radio Personality of the Year’ on three occasions.
His vast and versatile career means he has a lot to bring to the speaking circuit. Able to share witty sporting stories and host events with consummate professionalism, Dougie is a brilliant addition to the speaking world.