Sports Presenters

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Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas
Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas is a Sky News sports presenter, and has been covering sport for twenty years. During that time he has reported on everything from cricket to skiing, football to Formula One. 

Charlie began his career in print journalism before moving into broadcasting, first with Capital Radio and then BSB and Screensport, where he was tennis commentator and skiing correspondent, covering the world championships across Europe and North America. He was also Screensport’s commentator at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, where England were beaten by Australia in the final.

In 1992 he joined Sky Sports as football reporter and presenter.  Two years later he switched to the summer game, as Sky Sports cricket reporter. He covered seven England tours abroad, witnessing Brian Lara’s world record-breaking 375 in Antigua, Shane Warne’s hat-trick in Melbourne, Michael Atherton’s match-saving 185 in Johannesburg, England’s first tour of Zimbabwe, and the first ever abandoned Test, in Jamaica. While in Australia, he also covered the dramatic climax of the 1994 Formula One season.

In 1999 he was Sky’s chief reporter at the Cricket World Cup, after which he joined Sky News as sports presenter. He anchored Sky News live from the Oval when England regained the Ashes.

Charlie grew up in Somerset and, although he now lives in Hampshire, remains a devoted Somerset supporter. He plays tennis, cricket and golf, and also plays guitar in his own band Love Pump. He is married with three children.  

Chris Skudder

Chris Skudder
Chris Skudder

Chris Skudder is a sports presenter for Sky News working out of Sky Sports News HQ.  Chris has covered three Olympic Games, six World Cups,  followed England all over the world for a  decade, covered many major sporting events over the last 20 years and interviewed many major sporting stars.  Chris was ahead of the world’s media to report upon the controversial decision for Germany to host the World Cup in 2006.

He is an old hand at presenting sport and voiced the original commercial trail for the yet to be born Sky Sports channel whilst freelancing as a sports broadcaster at British Satellite Broadcasting. From 1987-1991, he worked as Sports Editor for Ocean Sound Radio. Prior to that, Chris was a Sports journalist and DJ at Swansea Sound Radio.

Chris graduated with a degree in French and Drama from Goldsmiths College, London University. Originally from Birmingham, as a teenager Chris moved to Pembrokeshire where he first started broadcasting via hospital radio.

Aside from his passion for sport – notably Birmingham City FC – Chris is an active music fan and has been a reviewing contributor to Sky Arts online.

Nick Powell

Nick Powell
Nick Powell

Sky News Sports Editor Nick Powell is one of British television’s most experienced sports news broadcasters. Nick joined Sky News in 1996 as Chief Sub-Editor on Sunrise and became a Sky News sports presenter the following year. Nick was also a Sky Sports News anchor from 2000–2005 (during which time he fronted ‘Soccer Special’) and was part of the on-air team for Five News from 2004-05. 

Nick leads the team of presenters in the Sky Sports Bulletins Unit, which supplies a range of outlets in addition to Sky News, including BFBS, Sky New Zealand and the Sky Sports website. He also supplies comment and analysis on major sports stories for Sky News on television and online.
 
Nick led the Sky News team at the London Olympics and the historic 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. He covered the Rugby World Cup in Paris (live from a moving bus!), both the 2005 and 2009 Ashes triumphs and a succession of Wembley Cup Finals, Grand Nationals and Wimbledon fortnights. 
 
Nick has won two RTS awards –OB of the year in 1989 for the rugby league programme ‘Scrumdown’ and sports documentary of the year 1996, ‘Rugby league, a Northern religion’. 

Nick formerly worked as a Breakfast News Presenter for Pennine Radio and as a Presenter and Producer at Yorkshire Television. 

Nick studied German and Russian at Bradford University and holds a diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University. He enjoys sport, travel and walking.

Jacquie Beltrao

Jacquie Beltrao

Jacquie is a Sky News Sports presenter and provides sport round-ups twice an hour on Sky News Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes, as well as sports bulletins throughout the day.

Born in Dublin, Jacquie grew up in Coventry before going to Birmingham University to study Sports Science.
 

In 1984, Jacquie represented Britain in gymnastics at the Los Angeles Olympics.

As a junior reporter she interviewed David Beckham and Tim Henman before they were famous.  Since then she has secured other big name interviews with British sportsmen such as Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Andrew Murray.  Jacquie also covers Wimbledon and the US Open on location every year for Sky.  

Jacquie lives with her husband and three children in south-west London. They were joined by a rescue dog, Maddie, after she appeared as a guest on Sky News on behalf of the Dogs Trust.

Jacquie is a serial home renovator and has done up and sold several houses. She also enjoys spending time at her holiday home in Rio de Janeiro.

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