Hazel Irvine is one of BBC Sport's most experienced, versatile and recognisable broadcasters. The face of the channel’s golf coverage, she has hosted some of the most iconic sporting events over her vast career. Equally an adept live host and facilitator, Hazel is versatile, professional and knowledgeable.
One of BBC Sport's most experienced, versatile and recognisable broadcasters, Hazel Irvine is the face of the channel’s golf coverage and has led the commentary for some of the most iconic sporting events over her vast career.
An adept live host and facilitator, she is versatile, professional and knowledgeable.
Hazel has been an integral part of the BBC’s coverage of all major sporting events for over two decades. She has worked on every Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games since 1994. She presented from both London 2012 and Rio 2016 - two landmark Games which firmly solidified her place as an international commentator. Moreover, Rio marks her eighth consecutive Summer Olympic Games.
In addition to studio presenting and reporting, Hazel is an experienced pundit for many live sporting events and has become an institutional figure in BBC Sport.
A presenter of the BBC’s athletics coverage for over a decade and of Ski Sunday for ten years, her varied credits also include Wimbledon, the London Marathon and the Boat Race.
She has reported from four football World Cups and European Championships, presented Grandstand, and contributed to Football Focus and Final Score.
In addition to her role at BBC Sport, Hazel hosted the coverage of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2004 and BBC2’s The Air Show. She also presented Feeling Good and Outside Now for BBC Scotland, anchored its Millennium Night coverage and hosted the channel’s Children In Need appeal for over 10 years.
Much in demand for corporate work, Hazel has acted as MC at the Royal Television Society’s Sports Awards, the industry’s most prestigious event. She was the recipient of the RTS Award for Best Regional Presenter/Reporter in 1999 and was named Sports Presenter of the Year at the RTS Sports Awards of 2006.
She led the presentation of the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning coverage of the Berlin World Athletics Championship in 2009.
A graduate of the University of St Andrews, Hazel has an MA Honours degree in Art History. She also has representative honours in golf, netball and athletics and gained a full vest for athletics from Scottish Universities. In addition, she is the Chairman of the West of Scotland Institute of Sport and is proud to be the Honorary President of the Dumbarton Football Club Supporters’ Association.
Hazel has acted as compere at numerous awards ceremonies; is in-demand as an after dinner speaker, and makes a brilliant conference facilitator for top organisations such as UK Sport.