Alison is an award winning sport journalist and broadcaster, who first made her name as a commentator on the BBC’s iconic cricket programme, Test Match Special (TMS).
A trail blazer in her field, Alison has led the way as a female sports commentator, reporting on her first Test match in 2003 at Lord’s for BBC Radio, before going on her first England men’s tour to Pakistan in 2005, then establishing herself in 2007 as the first woman to be a regular part of TMS’s ball by ball commentary team for both men’s and women’s international cricket. Since then she has covered the international game as her full time career, taking in World Cups and touring to all major Test playing nations.
All the while, journalism has been to the fore, with story telling and incisive interviewing a key component of Alison’s work. Alison has continued to cover other sports alongside cricket, transferring her commentary skills to tennis, hockey, netball, golf and Olympic sports for the BBC, Sky Sports and BT Sport among others, and rising to the top of mainstream broadcasting.
In 2014, after turning freelance, she again led the way, becoming the first woman to commentate on men’s international cricket for ABC Grandstand in Australia. That was followed in 2017 by being a key part of the Ashes series coverage on BT Sport - the first time a woman had commentated on a men’s Ashes series for television. 2018 saw Alison appointed as a lead commentator on Channel 7’s men’s Test coverage in Australia as part of their new broadcast deal, whilst 2019 saw new ground broken again with Alison one of three women appointed to commentate on the global host TV broadcast of the ICC Men’s World Cup.
In 2014 Alison’s standing in the industry was reflected in her being voted Sports Broadcaster of the Year by the Sports Journalists Association (SJA).
Alison has commentated on Wimbledon, the Australian Open and French Open as part of the BBC’s tennis team, she was an original commentator on Sky Sports’ coverage of the domestic Netball Super League in the UK, and has played key roles at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics as a presenter and commentator for BBC Radio Five Live, as well as for Channel 4 at the London Paralympics.
An undergraduate of the University of Nottingham, she qualified as a journalist at Falmouth College of Arts - training which has proved invaluable when covering sensitive and difficult stories. In 2007, she found herself singlehandedly reporting for the BBC the story of Bob Woolmer’s suspected murder at the Men’s Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. She was with the England men’s cricket team in India as the Mumbai terror attacks unfolded in 2008 and she reported from Australia on the death of batsman Philip Hughes in 2014.
Alison presents the weekly cricket podcast ‘Stumped’, which airs on the BBC World Service, All India Radio and ABC Grandstand.
Alison is represented by TLA Worldwide: contact Rob Woodhouse email@example.com
For enquiries in Australia, contact Richard King at DSEG firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full run down of Alison’s experience please browse linkedIn.