When Ed first appeared on ITV Racing in January 2017 presenting outside in biblical weather, one kind journalist the next day wrote that he had about as much “personality as a chest of drawers”. Fortunately, Chamberlin has won around the sports sceptics since then and has gone on to lead the team to huge viewing figures, a BAFTA for coverage of the Grand National in 2017 and a SJA Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year Award for him and co-presenter Francesca Cumani in 2019.
Starting out as a bookmaker for Ladbrokes, Ed was recruited to Sky and thrust into the limelight in 2011 when Richard Keys and Andy Gray left the station in the wake of a comments scandal. Describing himself as “useless” to start with, he learned quickly and forged a new model for a Super Sunday and Monday Night Football double bill that launched the careers of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher and positioned Chamberlin as one of football’s most popular presenters.
A battle with stomach cancer in 2009 changed Ed’s perspective on life and in spite of the protests of his football-mad son, he left the sport whilst he was flying high to take over as the anchor for ITV Racing in 2017, a sport he has loved since he was a child through the influence his Scottish grand-father, Jock Burns.
Ed is a Trustee of the Injured Jockeys Fund and an Ambassador for WellChild.
“Life is about seizing opportunities and I’ve been very fortunate in my career. Television is obviously very subjective, but I think I’ve worked with some brilliant people and I look forward to passing on some of that knowledge and experience via Chamberlin Sports.” Ed Chamberlin