Reshmin Chowdhury

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Reshmin Chowdhury
Native name
রেশমিন চৌধুরী
Born (1977-12-16) 16 December 1977 (age 41)
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityBritish
EducationBSc Politics with Economics, NCTJ Newspaper Journalism
Alma materWoodford County High School for Girls
University of Bath
OccupationSports journalist, broadcaster, singer
Years active2000–present
EmployerBBC, BT Sport
Children2

Reshmin Chowdhury (Bengali: রেশমিন চৌধুরী; born 16 December 1977) is an English sports journalist and broadcaster who works for the BBC and BT Sport. She is part of the presentation and reporting team at BBC Sport and a lead reporter for BT Sport's coverage of the UEFA Champions League. She has over a decade of experience interviewing the biggest names in world football.

Early life[edit]

Chowdhury was born and brought up in London, England and is of Bangladeshi origin.[1][2] Chowdhury described her childhood as growing up "in an extremely open-minded, progressive Bengali Muslim family and within a huge second-generation community where education, culture, religion and music were the cornerstones of my upbringing."[3]

Chowdhury attended Woodford County High School for Girls. In 2000, she graduated with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Politics with Economics from the University of Bath. In 2003, she studied for an NCTJ Post-Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism at Harlow College.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Chowdhury spent her university placement year as a TV News Helpdesk Operator at Reuters TV News. She travelled to Borneo for the ITV1 programme Survivor with Princess Productions and was UK Editor of global online events guide whatsonwhen.com. She later spent a year travelling around the world, producing specialist business reports for various international print media, interviewing heads of states, politicians and key business figures. Her work took her as far afield as Madagascar, Dubai, Greece, South Africa, Maldives and Nigeria.[1][2]

In 2005, Chowdhury moved to television news and joined ITN as a news assistant and producer on the main news bulletins, before producing digital and online news, sport and entertainment reports for ITN ON. She was a producer and enjoyed a few stints as weekend reporter with BBC London before moving to BBC News and Bloomberg Television.[1][2]

From September 2008, she spent two seasons as a presenter and reporter with Real Madrid TV.[1] She was the first journalist to interview Cristiano Ronaldo following his then world-record signing for Real Madrid. She also secured the world exclusive with Karim Benzema who she interviewed in French. Her work included match day reporting, post-match interviews, travelling with the team, news presenting, as well as producing and presenting shows such as RealMadrid Life and Top Goals.[2][4]

Chowdhury has been part of the BBC Sport News team in London since May 2010. She works on multiple projects and broadcasts as a sports presenter for the BBC News Channel in the UK and BBC World to the present day, covering news of almost every major sporting event over that period.
Her credits include:-
2018 FIFA World Cup - Salford Studio Presenter
2018 Wimbledon Championships - Reporter
The Women’s Football Show - Presenter
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup - Final Presenter
FA Cup - Reporter
Football Focus - Reporter
2016 Summer Paralympics - Reporter (BBC Radio 5 Live)
London 2012 Olympics - Presenter (BBC World).

In August 2014, Chowdhury joined the BT Sport team as Presenter of their nightly news round-up show SportsHUB.[5]

Since September 2015, she has been a lead reporter on BT Sport's exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, covering live matches on site, conducting pitchside chats and pre and post-match interviews in multiple languages. She also reported on the BDO World Darts Championship from Lakeside for three years.

Chowdhury presented a daily show during the 2018 FIFA World Cup for Yahoo Sports in the UK.

In August 2019 she co-Presented the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw in Monaco to a global audience. She also presented the draw in 2017 and 2018.

In September 2018, she was a Presenter on the green carpet at The Best FIFA Football Awards.[6]

In August 2015, Chowdhury was on the judging panel for The Independent's 50 most influential women in sport.[5]

Singing career[edit]

Chowdhury spent much of her extra-curricular time as a vocalist. She has worked alongside musician Nitin Sawhney. She performed in the UK touring theatre production of The Mahabharata and recorded vocals on the 2006 film The Namesake.[1][2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In November 2013, Chowdhury was nominated for the Media Award sponsored by fc business magazine at the Asian Football Awards.[7] In November 2015, she won the Media Award at the Asian Football Awards.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Chowdhury is a Muslim[3] and lives in London. She has two children and is a Tottenham Hotspur Football Club fan. She is fluent in Bengali and also speaks conversational Spanish and French.[1][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Reshmin Chowdhury". Activate Management. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "BBC and BT Sport Presenter Reshmin Chowdhury". Asian Voice. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Women's Sport Week: Meet the 'kick-ass' Muslim sporting pioneers". BBC Sport. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Reshmin Chowdhury - Real Madrid". franktogan. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "The 50 most influential women in sport: The job of navigating the nominations goes to..." The Independent. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Bangladeshi origin journo hosts UCL draw". Dhaka Tribune. Dhaka. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Asian Football Awards 2013 – Launch Reception". Bigday Photography. Retrieved 1 March 2014. Reshmin Chowdhury
  8. ^ "Asian Football Awards winners announced at Wembley". Asian Image. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  9. ^ Ganatra, Rupen (20 November 2015). "The Asian Football Awards 2015 Winners". DESIblitz. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Asian Football Awards winners announced at Wembley". Telegraph & Argus. Bradford. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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