Portadown native receives top TV accolade

Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Television Society (RTS), for ‘outstanding and exceptional contribution to the industry’.

Niall grew up in Killicomaine area of Portadown and played football for Portadown FC before joining Sheffield Wednesday.

He has worked in broadcasting for almost 40 years for both the BBC and ITV.  He worked firstly with BBC Grandstand in the 1980’s,  and later became Editor of Match of the Day for several years.  He was then appointed Head of Football and Formula One, before being appointed Director of Sport ITV in 2009.  Under his management, he has had responsibility for the broadcasting of the full range of sporting events, including nine World Cups with next year’s European Championships to be the tenth he will cover.

His career highlights include: receiving a BAFTA for the Euro ’96 football coverage; bringing major football tournaments to be presented in the heart of host countries; giving Ruud Gullit and Roy Keane their initial opportunities working on TV; and bringing Six Nations and Racing to ITV.

Niall Sloane

Niall said: “The Fellowship award was a great surprise to me and I was delighted to accept. I have been very fortunate in my career to work with most of the greats of British sports broadcasting and I enjoy it as much as ever.”


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