Mel McLaughlin: Remember the sports anchor who Chris Gayle flirted with?

Updated: 04 January, 2020 10:26 IST | Shawn.Dsouza
  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin, born in September 1979, is an Australian sports presenter for the Seven Network. McLaughlin previously worked for Fox Sports where she hosted football (soccer) shows including Kick Off and Indian Super League, while also being a regular on a sports channel.

    In pic: Mel McLaughlin posted this picture and captioned, "The on-air female contingent of the @optussport World Cup coverage. Every. Single. Game. So. Excited. And we will have such a laugh. More to come. @julesbreach @misssesco"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin was raised in New South Wales, Australia, where she attended St Andrew's Primary School and St John Paul II Catholic College.

    In pic: Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with her sister and captioned, "With the sibling listening to her bump listening to Ed. This kid will have good music taste if it kills me. If I left it up to her it’d be all Celine Dion and “I Swear” circa 1993. Jesus. #edsheeran #fleetwoodmac #etc @anzstadium"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin got married to her musician boyfriend Luke Panic, but later divorced in 2014.

    In pic: Mel McLaughlin posted this picture and captioned, "At least 3 of us stayed classy backstage at the #7allfronts. @kyliegillies @melissadoyle7 @abbey_gelmi. Good times coming up"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    In January 2016, cricketer Chris Gayle propositioned McLaughlin during a live interview during a Big Bash League game. He was sanctioned with a USD 10,000 fine for inappropriate conduct.

    In pic: Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with a friend and wrote, "A special night with the kids from #foxsportsnews. Some sad farewells too"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with a few Australian cricketers and wrote, "When I grow up I wanna be a Matilda, or Ellyse Perry, or Lydia Lassila, Susie O'Neill or maybe one of these little-known surfers.. It really was a special night at the @womenshealthaus #ISWIS Awards night - congrats to @felicityharley and the team. All the ladies love coming back every year and celebrating all the cool things women in sport do in many different capacities.. @sally_fitz @laynebeachley @jessyates"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted a picture, captioned, "It was an incredible night last night. A fitting way to mark 10 years since that night in November. Those who watched the brilliant @nov16film (and if you haven't yet make sure you do!) the photo of Staj and Bresc is the first time they've met, Staj finally told him the story about his dad directly. The rest, self-explanatory.. Two legends-Bresciano, by far one of the greatest ever @Socceroos on and off the park.. And Guus.. No words required. Great speech from Frank Lowy, a highlight - "He says to me, the Uruguayans are prepared to pay half if you let them fly with the Socceroos, I say," (sticks 2 fingers up) "let them swim!".(Thanks as always for the dress @mandyheng you're the best)"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with fellow commentators Glenn Mcgrath and Damien Fleming and captioned, "Still managing to smile despite listening to Flem whilst desperately waiting for a goddamn wicket! #comeonboys #anydanger @7cricket"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin shared this picture and captioned it, "With one of my favourite sports media type ladies @vonsampson at the #ABMedal #whycantwealljustgetalong"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin shared this image with Indian commentator Aakash Chopra and captioned, "Things have gotten very serious in relations between India and Australia."

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture of herself with Ricky Ponting

  • Mel McLaughlin

    During the Boxing Day Test in 2019, Mel shared a picture with Glen McGrath and wrote a funny caption, 'It’s orange juice I promise! Unfortunately. (Or is it??) Not the worst way to watch the cricket.. #Day4 #BoxingDayTest #BoundarySocial @mcg @7cricket

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with Usain Bolt, captioned, "Hosted the @nitro_aths Gala Dinner last night and got to interview some superstars from around the world. Including this guy. The fastest - and probably most relaxed man on the planet. It'll be a great few days with #teamaustralia taking on the likes of #teamengland and the #boltallstars so if you're in Melbourne on Feb 4th, 9th or 11th get to Lakeside Stadium if you can, or watch on @channel7 OKAY? #eliminationmile"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with a fellow commentator and wrote, "Different channel.. Same obsession. With the little superstar @elliecarpenterr who's clearly after my job.. 15 and already debuted for @thematildas.. Look out for this one! #RoadToRio"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture with former English footballer Rio Ferdinand and wrote, "Fair to say today was another exciting one for this football fan #mufc #rio"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture and captioned, "THE BEST OF TIMES! Until next time @julesbreach and @schwarzer_mark .. an absolute dream come true doing what we did and hearing from so many people throughout the World Cup, both from Australia and the big names from around the world. Talked about the game and had many laughs along the way too-how it should be. Well played @rich_bayliss @optussport - super producers @meltzy @andyhoad etc etc etc. And as for your football.. let’s never break up."

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture and wrote, "Top night at the John Eales Medal with awesome sports chicks @carlyadno @louransomefox @morganmckenziek + one the good guys Big Bash teammate @adamhawse #gothewallabies"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture captioned, "Women in Sport stuff with some awesome.. Women in Sport via @womensweeklymag @vonsampson @erin_molan #samlane #kelunderwood #scgclocktowergetsthemostspace"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    While at Sydney Harbour, Mel McLaughlin shared a pic of her in a really high-slit dress and captioned it, 'And another thing.. already completely buzzing in the middle of the @fifawomensworldcup.. trainers off from the @optussport coverage for a rare girly episode and more inspiration from the @marieclaireau Glass Ceiling Awards.. to do MORE.. Thanks ladies! #mcglassceiling

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture from a visit to Taj Mahal and captioned, "Back in the Motherland.. And this, was far more spectacular than I could have imagined. #TajMahal #IncredibleIndia"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Mel McLaughlin posted this picture from a tennis tournament and captioned, "MELBOURNE CUP.Ridiculous weather into somehow dry and warm.. you’re so confusing Melbourne! And yes ladies the shoes stayed on all day. Unlike many on the walk out. The #tabcorp marquee outstanding as always. apart from the lack of winners backed. You win these round fellas. @sevenstyling @sarahjcurtis.collections"

  • Mel McLaughlin

    Posing with a python, Mel captioned this photo saying, 'This is Liv, who was kind enough not to eat me or squeeze me too tight when we got up close and personal.. she welcomed me as a very very excited ambassador of the new @thesydneyzoo and wanted me to tell you that it’s opening soon. So I can finally live out my (other) dream of being a zookeeper. No really. I studied it and everything. But I digress.. it’s coming soon and is a must-see!! @7news is jumping on board as a proud partner too.. look out for ticket giveaways.. Liv dressed by @sevenstyling'

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About The Gallery

Mel McLaughlin is a famous sports anchor based in Australia. 4 years ago on this day, she made headlines for the wrong reasons when a huge uproar erupted during a Big Bash League interview with Chris Gayle, where the West Indian tried to flirt with her on-air. We take a look at Mel Mclaughlin's achievements and journey in the industry. (Pics Courtesy/ Mel Mclaughlin Instagram)

First Published: 25 January, 2019 16:25 IST