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Melanie Louise McLaughlin (born 3 September 1979) is an Australian sport presenter for the Seven Network. McLaughlin previously worked for Fox Sports where she hosted football (soccer) shows including Kick Off, Indian Super League and Fox Sports FC, while also being a regular on Fox Sports News.[2][3]

Mel McLaughlin
Melanie "Mel" McLaughlin, Lara Pitt (6210979342).jpg
Mel McLaughlin (left) and Lara Pitt (2011)
Melanie Louise McLaughlin

(1979-09-03) 3 September 1979 (age 40)
OccupationSport presenter
Years active2004−present
EmployerSeven Network
Known forSeven News
Big Bash League
Partner(s)Ashley Westwood


McLaughlin started her television career with Sky News in Sydney, as a reporter and presenter.

In 2007 she joined Fox Sports where she hosted multiple soccer shows including Kick Off, Indian Super League and Fox Sports FC. She was a regular on Fox Sports News.[2][3]

In 2013 she joined Network Ten to host the network's coverage of the Big Bash League. She also hosted Ten's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and Australian F1 Grand Prix. McLaughlin was also host of the short-lived The Thursday Night Sport Show alongside Sam Mac and Mark Howard, and a fill-in sports presenter on Ten Eyewitness News Sydney.[4][5][1]

In January 2016, cricketer Chris Gayle propositioned McLaughlin during a live interview during a Big Bash game. He was sanctioned with a A$10,000 fine for inappropriate conduct.[6][7][8][9]

In April 2016, McLaughlin moved to the Seven Network. She was appointed weeknight sport presenter on Seven News Sydney replacing Jim Wilson. She hosted Seven's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She hosted the network's coverage of the Australian Swimming Championships and 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[10][11] She has also filled in as sports presenter on Sunrise.[12]

In 2018, she was appointed host of Seven’s Test Cricket and Big Bash League Coverage alongside James Brayshaw.

Personal lifeEdit

McLaughlin was raised in Quakers Hill, New South Wales where she attended St Andrew's Primary School and St John Paul II Catholic College.[13]

She was married, but divorced after two years.[14]


  1. ^ a b Schipp, Debbie (20 July 2014). "The new woman in Thorpie's life: Mel McLaughlin by Ian's side for public re-entry into world of sport". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Fox Sports kicks off A-League Fox Sports Australia
  3. ^ a b Fox Sports football commentator Mel McLaughlin previews round 16 of the 2012-2013 A-League season Herald Sun
  4. ^ Channel Ten's gain is A-League pain as Mel McLaughlin makes switch The Roar
  5. ^ Mel McLaughlin enjoys challenge of covering Glasgow for Ten Northern Star
  6. ^ Bungard, Matt; Morton, Adam (5 January 2016). "Chris Gayle comments cause uncomfortable Big Bash interview with Mel McLaughlin". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ Donoughue, Paul (5 January 2016). "Chris Gayle: Melbourne Renegades cricketer sparks controversy with 'disrespectful' comments to reporter Mel McLaughlin". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Gayle sanctioned for TV comments" (Press release). Cricket Australia. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Chris Gayle furore: Mel McLaughlin shocked by inappropriate comments during Big Bash broadcast". ABC News. Australia. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  10. ^ Knox, David (26 February 2016). "Mel McLaughlin joining Seven". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Mel McLaughlin confirmed as Channel Seven's new sports news presenter". Mail Online. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  12. ^ "SUNRISE STAND-IN MEL MCLAUGHLIN GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH NATALIE BARR OVER KIDS SPORT". The Daily Telegraph. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Mel's journey from Quakers Hill to Rio". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  14. ^ Phil Rothfield (1 March 2014). "What's the Buzz: Former NRL star Terry Hill likely to be banned by Wests Tigers". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 10 January 2016.

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Preceded by
Jim Wilson
Seven News Sydney
Sport presenter (Sun-Thur)

April 2016-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Seven's Cricket coverage
(with James Brayshaw)

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ten's Big Bash League coverage

December 2013-January 2016
Succeeded by
Roz Kelly