Jacqui Oatley, MBE is a British sports presenter, hosting mostly football for ITV Sport and BBC Sport. She is best known for being the first female commentator on BBC One’s Match of the Day, which she went on to present in March 2015. She is an FA qualified football coach, a director of Women in Football and a married mother of two young children. She is also the UK’s first female darts presenter, covering Professional Darts Corporation tournaments on ITV4 and the first female presenter of the BBC’s flagship sports news radio show, Sportsweek, on BBC Radio 5 Live. In August 2015, Jacqui Oatley was named eighth most influential woman in sport by The Independent newspaper.
As well as Match of the Day, Jacqui Oatley has also fronted Final Score for the BBC and The Football League Show, completing the set of five broadcast roles on the show, and World Football Focus.
Jacqui Oatley is football and darts anchor for ITV Sport, hosting their live international events. She was a presenter of ITV’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations coverage and in 2014 anchored their FA Cup highlights programmes.
Jacqui Oatley fronts the BBC’s live women’s football coverage; she has anchored the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship and the BBC Women’s Football Show. She is a studio guest pundit on TV2 in Norway.
Jacqui Oatley was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport. The award was recognition of her work behind the scenes championing the role of women working in football as well as women’s football.