Eleanor Oldroyd

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Eleanor is one of the most experienced and respected broadcasters in the business.

With ten Olympic Games (summer and winter) for BBC Radio under her belt, she has a wide-ranging knowledge of different sports and a host of fascinating tales to tell. She is also highly appreciated by athletes and governing bodies for her sympathetic interviewing skills.


A trailblazer for women in sports broadcasting, Eleanor began her career in local radio in the mid 1980?s. She was covering county cricket in the Midlands at a time when females in the press box were virtually unknown. She joined BBC Radio Sport in 1991, and a year later went to her first Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992. Since then she has been a frontline presenter and commentator at nine more; Lillehammer 1994, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.


In 2014, Eleanor launched the Friday Sports Panel on BBC 5 Live, a lunchtime discussion programme featuring athletes and coaches from across a broad range of sports. Many of those competing at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics have appeared on the programme, all of them commenting on how much they?ve enjoyed sharing their experiences with sportspeople from different disciplines.


Away from the Olympics, Eleanor has been 5 Live?s lead presenter at Wimbledon, Six Nations Rugby, Formula One Grands Prix, the Derby, Royal Ascot, the Superbowl and major athletic events. She is so far the only woman to have presented BBC Radio?s Saturday evening Sports Report in its sixty year history, and was the first regular female reporter on the Test Match Special Team. As a leading woman in her field, Eleanor was part of the Labour Government?s Football Task Force from 1998-2000, and has chaired the judges for the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards since 1998.


As the regular host of 5 Live Sport, Eleanor has fronted a range of in-depth and hard hitting debates, covering subjects ranging from gambling addiction and sexual abuse of young sportspeople, to the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood for female athletes. Her programmes on depression in cricket, and on the suicide of the German goalkeeper Robert Enke, both won awards. She was named the Sports Journalists Association?s Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year for 2014.


Apart from sport, Eleanor is a highly experienced news anchor; she is currently co-presenter of the Saturday Breakfast show on BBC 5 Live. She is one of the BBC?s leading commentators for major Royal events, including the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the funerals of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. As a passionate music lover, she has presented programmes for Radio 3, and in 2016 found time to write her first book, Composers of Barnes, accompanying the Barnes Music Festival.


Eleanor is a skilled event host and moderator, specialising in bringing the best out of star names with her relaxed and empathetic interviewing style. She has worked with a range of business, sporting and charitable organisations, large and small. She has in recent years hosted events for FIFA, The FA Premier League, The Sport and Recreation Alliance, StreetGames, Sport Resolutions, Medway Sport, Barnardo?s, Afasic, the Royal Mail and Octagon UK. 


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