Multilingual Presenter / Journalist
Co-host of The Cycling Podcast Feminin
Orla Chennaoui is a multilingual TV sports presenter (French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese), host and journalist with experience working in both hard news and sport.
As a Lead Presenter for both TNT Sports and Discovery/Eurosport/GCN, Orla works across cycling, rugby, MotoGP and the Olympics amongst other things.
Orla has presented cycling on location from multiple Tours de France, Giros d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, three Olympic Games (London, Rio and Tokyo) and one Commonwealth Games (Glasgow), and currently presents all Grand Tours and significant races from The Cube - a high tech studio in London.
During the winter season, Orla presents rugby on TNT Sports, bringing the fan pitch side and close to the action, alongside legendary pundits of the game such as Lawrence Dallaglio.
A background in news and investigations has dictated a generally hard-news approach in Orla's sports reporting, while through presenting she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge across a broad range of sports.
In May 2019 Orla joined Eurosport as the lead presenter for their cycling coverage alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins. Orla hosts all of the action, live and daily highlights for the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana amongst other prominent races in the calendar. Since 2020, Orla has presented The Breakaway for Eurosport for the public to keep in touch with the action as it happens from the studio.
In 2021, after the world waited a year, Orla led the broadcasting of the Tokyo Olympic Games for Discovery/Eurosport on the ground in Tokyo. Alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins, Greg Rutherford and others, they presented informative and nail-biting coverage across all sports and brought out the emotion of medal winning interviews to the people at home.
At the end of 2021, Orla also presented the highly anticipated inaugural UCI Track Champions League, presenting live from the velodromes in Mallorca, Lithuania and the UK, which she repeated for the 2022 series across all venues.
Away from the camera, Orla continues co-hosting The Cycling Podcast Feminin, and writing regular columns for Rouleur magazine, Metro newspaper and Belfast Telegraph. Orla was the guest editor for Rouleur Issue 101 - a Women’s special, landmark edition to celebrate what it is to be female in modern cycling which is, to date, Rouleur’s biggest selling issue.
In 2022 Orla launched another podcast venture, The Breakdown, alongside Olympian Greg Rutherford where they meet sports stars and celebs to discuss components of success, the battles common to us all, and the elements of sport that unify each and every one of us.
Alongside her broadcasting and journalistic career Orla also relishes live hosting opportunities hosting events such as Rouleur Live and corporate brand opportunities providing industry insight along with a collection of other influential guests, and inspiring others within the sports arena.
In early 2023, Orla launched her latest personal venture, Ten Times Braver (TTB) - a community of support, lifestyle hacks, events and tips to overcome the fears holding you back.
To spread the TTB message, Orla led a motivational speaking session for Belstaff which was a huge success. Belstaff CEO Fran Millar said, '"as a people focussed organisation, we are always looking for new ways to engage our team in purposeful conversations about their own well-being and mental health. Orla provided a fresh, unique approach: authentic, empathetic but full of energy and power – the team came away buzzing and inspired."
Orla has a degree in Law with French and a post grad in journalism and away from presenting Orla is a keen part time yogi, outdoor swimmer, and full time Mum.