PROFILE: Alec Wilkinson

Sports Presenter

Alec Wilkinson is an exceptional sports presenter and journalist with a wealth of sports broadcasting experience. He’s as much at home presenting at big live OB’s as in the studio or interviewing the top names in sports.

The next few months will see Alec host live pitch-side shows from the Rugby World Cup and, present his second season of Sky Sport’s monthly live Badminton show – the NBL. He’ll continue his regular reporter duties at Champions League games for Fox Sports (USA) and will be covering major sailing events like the America’s Cup World Series.

Whilst football and sailing are his specialities, Alec loves engaging new audiences in less mainstream sports and has anchored badminton, cycling, athletics and various motorsports for Sky Sports. He’s also worked on two winter Olympics, London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games.

Alec has an instinctive ability to spot and tell a good story, skills he honed at Sky News and Central ITV Sport. This background in news also means he can write his own scripts and play a full part in a show’s editorial content.

Football TV Presenter

Whether he’s reporting live pitchside or anchoring games from the studio Alec is great at transmitting the excitement of a big match. 

Alec can be seen on Fox Sports (USA) during live match-night coverage of the UEFA Champions’ League. He brings American viewers all the latest pre-game news and post-match interviews with Europe’s biggest football stars.

Italian viewers will also know Alec from his regular appearances on Sky Italia where he uses his fluent Italian to comment on English football news stories.

As a junior sports reporter working for Central ITV Alec spent cold winter days covering the lower reaches of the football league, building contacts with players and managers and developing an understanding of the passion that fuels the game.

In recent years Alec has covered every aspect of the game for Sky’s numerous sports channels both as a presenter and a reporter. He also spent four seasons on the Premier League’s official TV Channel watched by millions of viewers around the globe.

Sailing Presenter/Commentator

Alec Wilkinson is Britain’s top live sailing presenter. He’s passionate and knowledgeable about the sport and enjoys the challenge of engaging new fans.

After presenting two America’s Cup cycles for Sky Sports (which equates to hundreds of hours of live TV) Alec now broadcasts to viewers around the globe as the reporter for the America’s Cup host-broadcast team. His features and interviews with skippers before and after racing take fans to the heart of the action. This is exactly what happened when he hosted ‘The Decider – live’ for Sky Sports featuring the crucial final race of the 2013 America’s Cup. It brought the channel a record audience for sailing following Sir Ben Ainslie’s comeback victory.

A very different form of the sport is Olympic sailing which Alec also covers; he was the reporter for the 2014  Sailing World Championships on BBC Sport and has spent time filming behind the scenes with the British sailing team in Rio.

Alec travelled the world reporting on the Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 and has produced TV coverage for a range of sailing events. He also commentates.  

As a qualified dinghy sailor, Alec enjoys sailing whenever possible and considers round the world sailors to be the “ultimate adventurers.”

 Follow him @alecwilkinson for his latest sailing news.

TV & Radio Credits

Alec’s TV credits include Sky Sports, Sky News, ITN, Five News and Central ITV Sport.

He is bi-lingual in English/Italian, an Italian sports presenter who regularly contributes to Italian TV and radio including Sky Italia. He also speaks French.

Alec’s career began after university at a pirate radio station on the Italian/French Riviera where he hosted the morning show before moving to Milan to deejay.

 

 

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