Welcome to Industry Insider by Behind Sport! We’re speaking to Sky Sports Presenter and Broadcaster, Hayley McQueen.

 

Tell us about yourself, what is your current role and what have you done previously?

I am broadcaster with Sky Sports, mainly presenting the rolling new channel working on a variety of sports but specialising in football. I also anchor live International games & have worked in Scotland presenting the Scottish Premiership this last 2 seasons. 

Hayley McQueen with Darren Fletcher and Gordon Strachan

 

What have you done & what do you do in your current role?

I am currently in a role as a presenter on Sky Sports. I have hosted Champions League football as part of the Sky team for 2 seasons rounding up the nights games & also presenting live matches. For Sports News I have been on location for the FA Cup & League Cup news coverage live from Wembley, anchored special news programmes at the Fifa World Cup in Russia, hosted International games live on Sky Sports too. I also hosted the first 2 years of Sky’s SportsWomen programming. 

Hayley McQueen on Sky Sports News

 

What does a normal week look like for you?

At the moment, it is changing nappies and not getting much sleep but when on Sports News well every week, every day and every hour is completely different, that’s the joy of working for a rolling news channel.

I normally arrive at the studios 4 hours before I go on air. I have a read of the papers and go online to see what’s going on & then study ‘the news diary’ which is the daily document that our production team put together setting the agenda of the day. It has all the stories we are covering as well as where all our reporters are up and down the country and further afield. This is updated throughout the day with everything that is happening. I then prepare any interviews & research any live sport that might be on that day & start compiling all my notes and stats, I then get to spend a lovely 45 mins in hair & make up & get changed. I also make sure I watch the hour of Sports News in the make up room before I head on to get mic’d up.

Hayley McQueen with Jim White on Sky Sports News

 

How did you end up where you are right now? When did you know you wanted to work in sport?

I studied PR, Marketing & Journalism at University and wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do for a job. I thought initially fashion would be my route but it ended up being sport as I just loved so much about it.

I was given my first work experience opportunity as runner and production assistant for Richard and Judy before joining the television channel of Middlesbrough‘s Boro TV where I worked as a channel coordinator, it was there I realised I wanted to stay  in broadcasting & in football for sure. I presented a little for Sports News back in 2006 but wasn’t sure if I was confident enough to present on Sky & was keen to conduct interviews & report so left & joined MUTV where I worked for 4 years as a reporter & presenter

I had a stint in 2010 presenting a Daily World Cup show for Al Jazeera Sports with Scott Minto throughout the 2010 tournament before heading back to Sky, 4 years after I left as the channel went HD.  It was at Sky that I met 2 of my closest friends whom I started a podcast with, which is still going 8 years later which is the award-winning weekly football podcast The Offside Rule.

 

What are you excited about in your industry at the moment?

I get excited for major tournaments and big events such as the Euros and Olympics, I watch hours and hours of sports I know little about but just love seeing the best of the best in action. Sky doesn’t have the rights but we do a very good job of making sure that we bring to life the stories and characters even if we don’t have the footage, it can be a challenge but one I relish. 

Hayley McQueen with David Beckham

 

What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to work in the sports industry?

Work anywhere you can regardless of what role it is, try to get into an organisation you think you’d like to work for and even if you are just making tea, the connections you make will be invaluable going forward for sure.

If you are wanting to get into journalism & broadcasting, set up an Instagram account, make your own IG videos, set yourself up on YouTube and also blog if you can, even if nobody reads or watches it, it’s great practice. This will also help you keep busy and importantly keep your mind busy, you’ll build in confidence the more you do this. If anyone asks for examples of ‘work’ and you’ve not yet had the opportunity to work, you have things to show and links to send no matter how rough or amateur it looks.

Hayley McQueen with Tom Ince and Paul Ince

 

You can follow Hayley McQueen on social media…

Twitter: @HayleyMcQueen

Instagram: @mcqueenhayley

Thanks for reading our Industry Insider feature with Sky Sports Presenter and Broadcaster, Hayley McQueen.