The Women’s World Cup has brought drama and entertainment in recent weeks with the Lionesses reaching their first final against Spain.
But as the final began, fans noticed BBC lead commentator Robyn Cowen was struggling with what appeared to be a sore throat. Although there was another problem with the audio, since the Spanish commentary could be heard clearly for a few minutes.
Fans joined Cowen, who Rachel Brown-Finnis joined for comment, on social media shortly after noticing the issue. Some called the issue “cruel” for one of football’s most popular commentators, with others admitting they were just as “nervous” for her as the Lionesses were for getting over the issue.
Fans tuned in to the Gabby Logan-led coverage on the BBC coverage, while Laura Woods acted as the presenter for the alternative broadcast on ITV. Here are all the commentators and pundits on both channels:
Who will present the coverage on TV?
Gabby Logan, 50, will lead the BBC’s coverage of the event. The Welsh television presenter began Ella’s television career in 1992 and joined Sky News in 1996. Her success continued after establishing herself as one of Ella’s key presenters. In 1998, she then joined ITV, where she presented various matches, including the World Cup and the Champions League.
Logan presented the BBC’s Sport Relief in 2004 and in 2007, the presenter joined the company. During his tenure at the BBC he presented Final Score, Inside Sport and the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Reshmin Chowdhury, 45, is a British journalist who currently presents live Premier League football on TalkSport, as well as live coverage of the Women’s Super League and other major women’s football tournaments for BBC Sport.
Chowdhury has worked on football coverage with BT Sport for nine years, including coverage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and UEFA Europa Conference League.
Alex Scott, 38, is a sports commentator, pundit and former professional footballer who played as a right-back for Arsenal in the FA WSL. He won nine league titles and seven FA Cups before crossing the Atlantic in 2009.
Also known as a highly experienced England international, the star featured for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics and made 140 appearances for the England national team.
Building on her success, in 2019 Scott became a pundit for BBC Sport and Sky Sports. She also appeared during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Laura Woods, 36, has grown into her broadcast and presenting roles in a variety of sports with ITV, Sky Sports and TalkSport.
Woods will now be the main presenter for the Champions League when TNT Sport enters the UK and Irish market, replacing BT Sport. The presenter will lead the team of presenters of the soccer news company.
Seema Jaswal, 38, is a TV presenter from London and currently works with various UK and international broadcasters.
Jaswal currently presents the Champions League on BT Sport, ITV international football, live Premier League global match day coverage and BBC Snooker Triple Crown events.
The star goes beyond the sports scene and has appeared on Ted Lassion Season 2, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, Celebrity Catch Phrase and The Chase.
Michelle Owen, known as one of the UK’s leading sports presenters, currently presents Sky Sports’ EFL coverage and was most recently part of ITV’s soccer team, covering the Men’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Owen’s passion for football began at a young age and he soon moved on to play in the Women’s Premier League.
Confident in her abilities, Owen went to Euro 2020 with ITV, maintaining coverage of Wales throughout the tournament and other teams in the final.
BBC World Cup pundits and commentators
Robyn Cowen: A senior BBC commentator with experience on Match of the Day, Cowen leads the BBC’s coverage of the game on the microphone.
Ellen White – Known as England’s record goalscorer in 2021, White was also part of the Lionesses’ victory at Euro 2022. After a decade-long career, the soccer star retired last summer.
Stephen Houghton, former England captain and Manchester City defender, put pen to paper again by signing a one-year extension with City; this will see her enter her tenth year at the Club.
Fara Williams – A regular pundit for the BBC, Williams is known as the most capped England player of all time. The star and pundit also won the FA Women’s Cup with Everton and Arsenal and the FA WSL title with Liverpool.
Rachel Brown-Finnis – A former England goalkeeper, Brown played for the Lionesses on more than 80 occasions and at club level for top WSL teams Liverpool Women and Everton Women. She is now a regular commentator for BBC and BT Sport, as well as a co-commentator.
Anita Asante – A former England defender with 71 caps for the Lionesses, the star also competed for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics. Asante is currently the manager of Bristol City and now appears on BBC and Sky Sports as a pundit.
Karen Bardsley – The former England goalkeeper was part of three World Cup teams in 2011, 2015 and 2019. She has experience as a pundit on the BBC and Sky Sports.
Laura Georges – The French defender has now taken over as secretary general of the French Football Federation and previously appeared as a commentator on the BBC.
Jonas Eidevall – Taking over as head coach of the Arsenal women’s team, Eidevall has also won the 2022/2023 League Cup title and is a regular pundit for the BBC.
Scott Booth – The former soccer player and current manager of the Lewes FC women’s team has won six league titles with Glasgow City.
ITV World Cup Experts
Eni Aluko – A former England international, he has been a regular pundit on ITV, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and Fox Sports since retiring in 2019.
Karen Carney – Dubbed one of England’s most capped players, the former midfielder has experience with the BBC, Amazon Prime, Sky Sports and The Guardian.
Jill Scott – One of England’s “Most Decorated Players” is one of a select few Lionesses to have surpassed 150 caps. Scott was also crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2023 and now provides expert analysis for ITV and Channel 4.
Emma Hayes – Chelsea’s head coach, Hayes has seen a string of successes as a manager and now provides pundits with ITV.
Fran Kirby – A midfielder for Chelsea and England, Kirby was part of the Euro 2020 winning team but was unable to make it to the World Cup due to a knee injury.
Lucy Ward – Currently known as a co-commentator for the BBC, BT Sport, TalkSport, Channel 4 and more.
Siobhan Chamberlain – The former professional footballer has 50 caps for England’s Lionesses and a wealth of broadcasting experience.
Emma Byrne – The Irish goalkeeper has made 134 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Vicky Losada – The Spanish soccer midfielder has represented her country at multiple World Cups.
Jen Beattie – Racking up over 100 appearances, Beattie currently plays for Arsenal FC, retiring from international duties in 2023.
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