Nick Mullins (born 31 January 1966) is a British journalist and sports commentator, primarily working on BT Sport's Premiership Rugby coverage.[1]

Nick Mullins
Born (1966-01-31) 31 January 1966 (ageĀ 53)
NationalityBritish
OccupationJournalist, sports commentator
Spouse(s)Eleanor Oldroyd (divorced) Melissa Platt (married 2016)
Children2

Early lifeEdit

Mullins began his career as a journalist with the Loughborough Trader and Loughborough Echo.[2]

Commentary careerEdit

Mullins joined the BBC in 1985 and moved to BBC Radio Sport in 1991.[2]

He was part of the Rugby Special team and covered Six Nations Championship, Premiership, Heineken Cup[3] and Anglo-Welsh Cup rugby matches for the BBC.[2] He also commentated at Wimbledon for Radio 5 Live.[4] He has commentated at the Olympic Games since 1996.[5][6]

In 2010 Mullins left the BBC to commentate on ESPN's rugby coverage.[3] Mullins was also ITV Sport's chief commentator at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he commentated on the final with Ben Kay and Lawrence Dallaglio.[7][8][9] In 2013, Mullins moved to BT Sport following their acquisition of the Premiership Rugby rights and their subsequent takeover of ESPN. He has also provided commentary from the French Open Tennis for ITV Sport, and the University Boat Race.[2] He was part of the BBC Commentary team for the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.

WritingEdit

As well as commentating, Mullins has contributed to blogs from some of the events he has commentated at, including the Olympic Games[10][5] and French Open.[11] He is also a columnist for ESPN Scrum.com.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Mullins is a supporter of Leicester City.[4] He was previously married to Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd,[4][13] and they have two children.[4][14] In 2016, Mullins married Melissa Platt. Platt was a reporter for Sky Sports but is now the Head of Communications for Wasps Rugby Club and the Head of Media for the Rugby Players' Association (RPA).[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Behind the mic: Nick Mullins". BT Sport.
  2. ^ a b c d "Columnist: Nick Nullins". Scrum.com. ESPN.
  3. ^ a b "ESPN signs Nick Mullins for rugby comment". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. 27 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "The rest of radio team". BBC Sport. 14 June 2001.
  5. ^ a b "About Nick Mullins". BBC Sport. 1 March 2008.
  6. ^ "TV Review: London 2012 Olympic Games, BBC". Express.co.uk. Northern and Shell Media Publications. 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Binoculars and boil-in-the-bag rice: Vickery and Mullins on the glamorous world of TV commentary". ITV.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Red faces at ITV as England flanker Haskell turns the air blue". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. 10 September 2011.
  9. ^ Ben Coles (15 September 2011). "ITV's coverage leaving viewers feeling rightly disgruntled". The Rugby Blog.
  10. ^ "Vergeer's poetry in motion". BBC Sport. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Nick Mullins blog: Rain can't dampen French Open fever". ITV.com. 22 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "Depression takes a cruel toll". Scrum.com. ESPN. 7 May 2012.
  13. ^ "On The Airwaves: Good life comes with a microphone for this couple". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 5 February 2005.
  14. ^ "Sports broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd". Herefordshire Life. Archant Life. 18 October 2010.