Frances Donovan

Sports - Outdoors - Journalism

Frances Donovan is a journalist and presenter who’s anchored television and radio programmes across major events for both the BBC and ITV, including the Rugby World Cup, Euro 2016, The Olympics, The Commonwealth Games, Children in Need and the BAFTAS.


Frances read English and History at University College, Cardiff and later obtained a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism before beginning her career as a radio reporter and presenter at 210FM in Reading and Severn Sound Radio in Gloucester. Her first television role was a reporter at HTV West in Bristol, from where she went on to work for ITN, Sky, Channel 5 and Meridian Television. She was also a regular sports presenter on News 24 for the BBC.


She then returned to Wales to become one of BBC Wales Sport’s main anchors, where she hosted Wales on Saturday – the weekend results show – for four years, as well as Sports Personality of the Year, Wales Open Golf, ‘Welsh Open Snooker’, International Bowls and Welsh Amateur Boxing. She was the first female presenter of BBC Wales’ iconic rugby programme, Scrum Five.


Frances has reported for Match of the Day and Football Focus as well as The Open Championship, for the BBC and has also fronted the sports news on BBC Breakfast. Donovan hosted ITV Sport’s LV Cup programming for the first time in 2015 and was part of the ITV network team covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup. She anchored ITV Wales’ coverage of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups and will reprise that role for the 2019 tournament.


She is also the host of ITV Wales’ sport chat show In Touch, where her easy, conversational style has drawn major sports figures like Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Chris Coleman, Gareth Edwards, Craig Bellamy, Matthew Maynard, Gary Monk and Malky Mackay into the guest’s chair.


Away from sport, Donovan is an authoritative news presenter, having co-anchored both Wales Tonight and The West Tonight for ITV. She tackled business for ITV Wales in The Secrets of My Success and indulged her love of history and the outdoors, fronting History Hunters for the BBC. She presented ITV’s popular arts and entertainment programme The Wales Show for several years, interviewing Ricky Gervais, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rhys Ifans amongst others.


Highly experienced in live television, Frances has been one of the main presenters of Children in Need for BBC Wales and also hosted a seven-hour- long Outside Broadcast from Cardiff Castle to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.


Frances is also the host of the lively sports quiz ‘Extra Time’ for BBC Radio Wales and is a regular guest anchor for the mid-morning phone-in show.


A passionate advocate for animal rights, Frances works with a number of charities and is a volunteer at her local dog shelter.


Frances is currently co-presenting ‘Give a Dog a Home’ on BBC1 Wales.


Current

Give a Dog a Home - BBC1 Wales - Presenter

The Phone In - BBC Radio Wales - Regular Guest Presenter

Premier League News - IMG - Presenter/Reporter


2016 – 2017

Welcome Home Wales - BBC1 Wales - Presenter

Euro 2016 - ITV Sport - Presenter

Breakfast - BBC 1 - Sport Presenter

Sport News - BBC News Channel - Sport Presenter

Premier League News - IMG - Presenter/Reporter

Football Nation - Nation Radio - Presenter/Pundit


2014 – 2016

Rugby World Cup - ITV Sport - Presenter

Premiership Rugby - ITV Sport/Perform - Presenter

Premier League News - IMG - Presenter/Reporter

The Open Championship - BBC Sport - Reporter

Match of the Day - BBC Sport - Reporter

Breakfast - BBC 1 - Sport Presenter

Sport News - BBC News Channel - Presenter

Football Nation - Nation Radio - Presenter/Pundit

Week In Week Out - BBC1 Wales - Guest Presenter


2012 – 2014

The Wales Show - ITV Cymru Wales - Presenter

Premiership Rugby - ITV Sport/Perform - Presenter

Premier League News - IMG - Presenter/Reporter

Match of the Day - BBC Sport - Reporter

Football Focus - BBC Sport - Reporter

Sport News - BBC News Channel - Presenter

Scrum Five - BBC1 Wales - Guest Presenter

Today at The Olympics - BBC Radio Wales - Presenter

X-Ray - BBC1 Wales - Guest Presenter


2010 – 2012

Rugby World Cup - ITV Sport/ITV Wales - Presenter

The Wales Show - ITV Cymru Wales - Presenter

Wales Tonight - ITV Cymru Wales - Presenter

Premier League News - IMG - Presenter/Reporter

Stuart Cable Remembered - ITV Cymru Wales - Producer

Dare to Dream – Sophie Evans - ITV Cymru Wales - Producer/Presenter


2008 – 2010

The Wales Show - ITV Cymru Wales - Presenter

Secrets of My Success - ITV Cymru Wales/Alfresco - Presenter

Wales Tonight - ITV Cymru Wales - Presenter

The West Tonight - ITV WestCountry - Presenter

Soccer Night - ITV WestCountry - Presenter


2006 – 2008

Wales on Saturday - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Scrum Five - BBC Wales Sport - Guest Presenter

Sports Personality of the Year - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Wales Open Snooker - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Welsh International Bowls - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Wales Open Golf - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Wales Tonight - ITV Cymru Wales - Presenter

The West Tonight - ITV WestCountry - Presenter


2004 – 2006

Wales on Saturday - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Sports Personality of the Year - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Scrum Five - BBC Wales Sport - Guest Presenter

WABA Boxing - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Commonwealth Games - BBC Radio Wales - Presenter

Wales Open Golf - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Welsh International Bowls - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Sport Extra - BBC 2W - Presenter

Children in Need - BBC 1 Wales - Presenter

History Hunters - BBC 1 Wales - Presenter

Tune Team - BBC 1 Wales - Presenter


2002 – 2006

Wales on Saturday - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Sports Personality of the Year - BBC Wales Sport - Presenter

Sport Extra - BBC 2W - Presenter

Wales Open Golf - BBC Sport Wales - Presenter

History Hunters - BBC 1 Wales - Presenter

Children in Need - BBC 1 Wales - Presenter


Corporate Speaking:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Football Association of Wales

Football Association

Welsh Rugby Union

Cardiff Blues

Ospreys

Cardiff City

Media Wales

NCR

Wales Tourist Board

Artes Mundi

HSBC

ACCA

FastGrowth50

Excellence in Construction

Welsh Cycling

Welsh Athletics

Welsh Tourism Alliance

Woman's Portrait
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