Charlie Webster is a broadcaster, writer and journalist across both TV and Radio. She has worked globally for major TV networks, events and brands from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, FIFA World Cup’s to premiere in-depth interviews ranging from superstars such as Arnold Schwarzengger to leading politicians. She made history in the early days of her career becoming the first woman to present football in Asia at just 23 and later the first female globally to anchor a Heavyweight World Title Fight. She has spent the last 2 years broadcasting on BBC 5live, hosting weekend breakfast and co-hosting a weekly show with Adrian Chiles. Charlie writes about wider social issues in sport including mental health and culture for BBC Sport, and is a regular contributor to The Telegraph.
2021 saw Charlie release her powerful BBC documentary Nowhere To Run: Abused by Coach, where she takes a journey to her past to confront the sexual abuse she and others suffered at the hands of her running coach. The documentary sparked huge conversation around how to better protect young people within sport, both at grass roots level and professionally, and subsequently key changes are underway to better provide better protection. Charlie was also invited to The World Athletics Congress by Lord Sebastian Coe to advise member nations on how they can implement improved safeguarding policies in their respective territories.
Charlie does extensive advocacy work campaigning around domestic and sexual abuse, as part of this she has an advisory role to the Ministry of Justice on the Secretary of State’s Victims Panel. She is an ambassador for Women’s Aid and NSPCC Campaigner for Childhood. She is the creator and host of critically acclaimed podcast Undiscussable, an investigative series into domestic abuse that gives a challenging rethinking of the issue. Charlie’s Undiscussable was commissioned for an 8 part special series during lockdown by TalkRadio for their drivetime show. Charlie hosted, created and exec produced the show. She is also the creator and host of Apple recommended ‘My Sporting Mind’ podcast, an intimate show that speaks to sports stars about mental health.
Charlie speaks internationally and has been a keynote speaker at the US senate, the UN, African government and UK Parliament to name a few and in late 2019 gave a TEDx talk on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with the NHS. She has spoken as a female changemaker with UNF project Girl Up, The Female Lead and Inspiring Girls International. Charlie led a coalition of charities, Lord’s and MPs, and successfully campaigned for the Home Secretary to include children in the definition of the Domestic Abuse Bill. She is a trustee of the London Youth Games and currently leading a Commission with fellow broadcaster Adrian Chiles on sport in low-income neighborhoods and community clubs supported by Street Games and Beckett Research.
Charlie was honoured in Parliament as a Fundraising hero after engaging men to talk about abuse as part of Charlie’s Big Challenge that saw her run 250 miles to and from 40 football clubs throughout England, she was also recognised in that year’s JustGiving Award for Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year. Charlie was driven by the domestic abuse she suffered in her childhood, and the sexual abuse at the hands of her running coach as an junior athlete. In 2016 Charlie took on the epic challenge of cycling 3000 miles from London to Rio for charity, which she successfully completed but then immediately fell ahead of presenting the Rio Games and became critically ill in Brazil contracting malaria and 3 other tropical diseases. She was given 24 hours to live and put on life support in a coma. Surviving, with doctors calling her ‘a miracle’ Charlie had to relearn how to walk again, work through brain hemorrhaging and battle for her kidneys to work independently. Since then she has become a special ambassador for Malaria No More, leading campaigns with David Beckham and worked with the Global Fund and the UN to secure continued international funding in the fight against Malaria. This included her speaking at CHOGM where Bill Gates was leading the charge. She made a film in Uganda as part of the Malaria Must Die global campaign. Charlie is a keen Ironman triathlete and marathon runner. Driven by her own mental health and trauma in childhood, she recently qualified in schema psychotherapy and continually pursues her interest in behavioural psychology.