Alison Bender
Alison Bender

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Alison is an experienced broadcast journalist with over 15 years in the industry as a producer and presenter. Specializing in football, Alison has worked closely with some of the top names in World football and has an enviable contacts list.

Alison splits her time between presenting and reporting and can be seen hosting major tournaments, interviewing players and managers and breaking live news at Premier league, FA Cup, Champions league and international matches.

Alison has a passion for the game, regularly presents shows covering various European leagues and international matches and is currently in her fourth season as one of the main faces of Premier League Television (PLTV). Alison hosts a daily global football call-in show that has a large global audience, presents football review shows and news bulletins as well as weekend reporting at Premier League matches. Alison will be a reporter on ESPN’s new global football show “ESPN FC” that will be broadcast domestically in the USA on ESPN2 starting August 2013.

Alison is an experienced live host and can present with or without autocue and has presented hundreds of hours of live football including:

FIFA Confederations Cup 2013: Astro SuperSport
Africa Cup of Nations 2012: ITV
Pre-season friendlies 2006-2013: ITV, Chelsea TV, RMTV
FIFA World Cup 2010 live highlights show: ESPN
Reserves Live 2008-2010: Chelsea TV

Alison has also presented live news updates during major tournaments including the 2006 World Cup (Sky Sports News), 2008 European Championships (Al Jazeera) and Beijing Olympics (Al Jazeera).

Alison has been reporting live from league matches since 2004 (La Liga and Premier League) and from FA Cup, League Cup and play-off finals since 2006 (ESPN, Sky Sports, Chelsea TV). Alison was ESPN’s Champions league reporter between 2007 and 2010 and spent six weeks in New York presenting ESPN’s World Cup show “Press Pass” during the 2010 World Cup. Alison will present 2013-14 Champions League coverage for Canada’s Sportsnet.

Alison began her career in production, spending 6 years as a producer at CNBC Europe and running their news desk before re-locating to Spain to set up Real Madrid TV’s English language channel. Alison was in charge of a team of presenters and responsible for providing content to a new 24 hour channel.

At Real Madrid TV and Chelsea TV Alison got to know the inner workings of a football club from the academy to the management. Her role included reporting at daily training sessions, traveling with the first team to matches and following the team on pre-season tours and charity trips.

Alison is calm under pressure and has broken many exclusives in a range of sports. From ad-libbing to reading autocue, Alison has a natural ability in front of the camera and injects the same enthusiasm and passion whether presenting a World Cup Final or a grass roots match.