Natalie Pirks is the freshest talent to hit our screens in the last few years and has worked with some of the biggest names in Sport. As Setanta Sports News' England reporter for 2 years she travelled as far afield as Kazakhstan to cover the National side, reporting live with the likes of Fabio Capello, John Terry and David Beckham.
Natalie has been live at some of the biggest stories in sport and broke several stories, but it wasnt only England and the Premier League that got the Pirks touch - Setanta chose Natalie as their pitch side reporter for their innovative Non-league coverage, throwing her in the deep end with interviews from irate managers during the game and jubilant dressing rooms afterwards. She was also part of Setanta's live team for FA Cup final day, and regularly worked for the Friday Football Show, plus covered League of Legends Darts and several other sports.
Natalie is a fully-qualified and multi-skilled journalist, having studied multi-media journalism at Bournemouth University and graduating with a 2:1 degree. She majored in radio and sport, and has since learnt skills in camera work and editing on several systems including Avid.
Having won the 2002 BBC Talent competition, she has taken the bull by the horns and proved that she's not just a pretty face. She became a valued member of the BBC Grandstand and BBC London teams, reporting from high-profile events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the World Darts Championships. As part of the team at BBC London as both a presenter on radio and television, her football reports have been an enjoyable part of Saturday afternoons across the capital, and with a unique ability to get the stories behind the personalities.
Natalie has also worked for Radio 1, spending 8 months as a journalist and presenter and as well as editing and producing for the station. Her in-depth knowledge and countless connections made her the obvious choice to work on top breaking sports stories, such as Rio Ferdinand's ban, the Leicester City scandal in La Manga, top European football games etc. After Radio 1, Natalie has made her mark at ITN, working on news, business, showbiz and sport bulletins. She then went onto co-present live shows for C5's switchover show of 'Make Me a Supermodel' with Fearne Cotton and Antony Crank.
With all this experience behind her and a sport contacts book that's second to none, there is no doubt that Natalie will go far.