A dedicated graduate from The University of Salford will be one of the lead commentators for the European Football Championship this year.

The 27-year-old, Pien Meulensteen, who is the daughter of a former Manchester United coach, began her broadcasting career at BBC Manchester whilst studying Broadcast Journalism at The University of Salford.

Since graduating, Pien went on to become the first female to commentate on a live Premier League match in Britain for Sky Sports in 2023.

Pien has worked for major broadcasters including Sky Sports and BBC Sport and is rapidly becoming a notable figure within the industry.


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Pein is the daughter of former United coach Rene Meulensteen. Rene had two spells at the club, before leaving in 2013 following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Pein will join Sam Matterface, Clive Tyldesley, Seb Hutchinson and Joe Speight as one of ITV’s lead commentators live from the stadiums of the Euros.

Paul Duckworth, lecturer at The University of Salford for Broadcast Journalism, said: “ITVSport have made a great decision getting Pien signed up for Euro 2024. Since graduating, Pien’s gone from milestone to milestone, breaking barriers down along the way.

“Everyone at Salford is so proud of her. Pien’s talent was clear to see in class, but what really made her stand out was passion, willingness to work and never to settle for second best.”


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There will be ‘bespoke content’ around the European tournament from ITV, this includes mini-highlights of every fixture.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “This is a unique tournament in a fantastic setting and we have put together a multi-talented, high-profile team to offer viewers and fans cutting insight and compelling entertainment from what promises to be a festival of the game.

“ITV and ITVX’s live coverage, highlights shows, online and social media content, will capture all the action and all the talking points, so fans and viewers can immerse themselves in the tournament.”

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