'Jacqui took a bullet for us': the women with key World Cup reporting roles

by Theguardian


There will be more women than ever before broadcasting to British homes from Russia

In 2007, when Jacqui Oatley became Match of the Day’s first female commentator, one tabloid newspaper greeted the news with the headline “From Motty to Totty”, which the paper’s own football writer called “an insult”. The fact that a journalist had got a new job, in a field she had worked in for years, was suddenly front-page news.

However, 11 years on, when Oatley appears pitchside on Thursday for the opening game of the World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia, her presence won’t merely be unsurprising – it will barely be remarkable.

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