Eleanor Oldroyd (born in Bury, Lancashire, 2 June 1962) is a British sports broadcaster with BBC Radio.

Eleanor Oldroyd
Born (1962-06-02) 2 June 1962 (age 62)
Alma materOxford High School
Cambridge University
OccupationSports broadcaster
SpouseNick Mullins (divorced)

Early life


Oldroyd was educated at Oxford High School and Girton College at Cambridge University.

Broadcasting career


Beginning her career in commercial radio, Oldroyd joined BBC Radio Shropshire as a Sports Producer in 1986 before moving to London in 1988.

She worked at Newsbeat and then at BBC Sport, reporting and presenting on both Radio 5 and 5 Live.

She first hosted the Sunday afternoon sports show in 1993. In 1995, she became the first female presenter of Sports Report (since it started in 1948) when she stood in for Ian Payne.

She is a regular on 5 Live's Fighting Talk – known as the "First Lady of Fighting Talk" – and hosts several weekly 5 Live shows including Saturday Breakfast (with Chris Warburton),[1] the evening 5 Live Sport programme and the Friday Sports Panel.[2]

She covers the Wimbledon tennis championships and was part of the Test Match Special team from 2000 to 2005.

She led the station's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi.

She was named the Sports Journalists' Association Broadcast Presenter of the Year for 2014 [3] and 2016 [4]

Following the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, she led the coverage of his funeral, sat in a small, specially built studio above the high altar. She was the only reporter or broadcaster present in St George's Chapel on the day of his funeral.

Personal life


Oldroyd was formerly married to fellow BBC sports presenter Nick Mullins and has two children.[5]

She supports Arsenal despite coming from a family of Birmingham City fans.[6]


  1. ^ BBC Website. "Saturday Breakfast". BBC.
  2. ^ Radio 5 live unveils exciting new line-up, BBC Media Release, 1 July 2014
  3. ^ Oldroyd’s broadcast award has audience on its feet, SJA 25 March 2015
  4. ^ Oldroyd leads way as BBC scoop four broadcast awards, SJA 27 February 2017
  5. ^ "Rest of the radio team". BBC Sport. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  6. ^ Oliver Irish (4 November 2001). "Women in a man's game". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 23 March 2007.