NBC Hires ESPN's Rebecca Lowe To Host English Premier League Coverage
ESPN reporter-presenter Rebecca Lowe "has landed a big broadcasting job in America as the lead host of NBC's coverage of the Premier League," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Lowe is going to be based at NBC's new headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut "where she will anchor five live games over a Premier League weekend." The highly-rated Lowe is understood to have had more than one offer from the U.S., with ESPN "having been keen to retain her services." Lowe's three-year contract "covers the length of their rights agreement" (DAILY MAIL, 3/26). NBC PRO SOCCER TALK's Michael Prindiville wrote Lowe began her career in England in '02 by working at talkSPORT, a "football-heavy," 24-hour sports radio service broadcast from London to the U.K. She broke into sports TV by winning the '02 BBC Talent Search for a football reporter, "outlasting a field of 650 candidates." She thereafter spent the next five years at the BBC "where she was a critical contributor to the network's key football programs." A "pioneer of female television broadcasters in world football," Lowe became the first woman to host the FA Cup Final in the '12 contest between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium (NBC, 3/26).