Andrew is one of the most familiar voices in British sports broadcasting, establishing himself as a commentator of the highest quality across a number of sports.
Originally from Troon in south-west Scotland, Andrew now has over fifteen years of experience of working in broadcasting. After graduating with an MA in French and Philosophy from The University of Glasgow, he began his career in commercial radio in Scotland and enjoyed a spell at Sky News before joining the BBC in 2000.
Originally a presenter of sports bulletins on 5 Live, as well as Radio 1, 2 and 4, Andrew then became one of the regular sports presenters on The BBC News Channel, while at the same time building a career as one of the brightest commentators on Golf and Rugby for BBC Radio. His quick wit and wonderful turn of phrase has described, amongst many other events, The 6 Nations, The Ryder Cup, The US Masters, The Open, Wimbledon, The Olympics, The World Athletics Championships and The Boat Race.
Andrew is not just a commentator, but also an experienced presenter, having in the past fronted the BBC’s coverage of The Dunhill Links, Rugby Special and the Women’s British Open golf.
He is also an accomplished speaker, who has hosted and spoken at events for organisations like BMW, HSBC, golf’s European Tour, Barclay’s, RBS, Mastercard, Aberdeen Asset Management and Mercedes Benz to name but a few. He has also been a contributing writer to various golf magazines and newspapers and currently writes a monthly column for Today’s Golfer magazine.
Although he might consider golf and rugby to be his main sports, he has become one of the BBC’s leading tennis commentators in recent years, as well as becoming the voice of the University Boat Race after its return to the BBC from ITV. In 2013 the BBC also chose to use his skills as a key part of the athletics team and his commentary could be heard during the World Championships in Moscow.
In 2015 Andrew Cotter commentated on BBC TV’s coverage of The RBS 6 Nations Rugby.
Andrew does work for other broadcasting companies – commentating, for example, on Channel 4’s award-winning Paralympic coverage, as well as working at various times for ESPN, Sky and Eurosport. But it is for his work at the BBC that he is most well-known, now firmly established as one of the main commentators for major events.
In all of his work, whether it be behind the microphone or in front of the camera, as a speaker, a writer or a voice-over artist, Andrew brings a hugely assured presence as well as a wonderful turn of phrase and a great sense of humour.
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