About Peter Davies
Peter Davies is one of South Africa’s best known and most versatile sports
television anchors. He worked for Supersport, Africa’s premier multi-sport
Pay-TV channel between 1996 and 2007, and during this time anchored three
cricket World Cups, two soccer World Cups, fronted test cricket for the channel
and hosted hundreds of English Premier League matches.
Peter joined ESPN International in November 2007, based in Bristol,
Connecticut, to anchor the Atlantic edition of Sportscenter, which was tailored
to the South African market. During his two years with the ‘worldwide leader
in sports’ he covered the Olympic Games in Beijing where he was the first
journalist to clinch a one-on-one interview with sprint sensation Usain Bolt. He
also traveled extensively across the United States and the Caribbean to conduct
numerous Sportscenter Conversations with the likes of Zola Budd, Danny Jordaan
and Lucas Radebe. In Antigua, he sat down for in-depth chats with cricket
legends Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose and
Allen Stanford on the same day. His series for ESPN on the build-up to the 2010
World Cup in South Africa was a finalist at the New York TV awards.
Davies began his career as a news journalist in the early 1990s at The Star,
South Africa’s biggest daily newspaper, where he covered the country’s
volatile transition from apartheid to democracy. On leaving The Star, he moved
to Cape Town to take up the editorship of SA Sports Illustrated magazine. During
his editorship, the magazine enjoyed record circulation figures. He also did
radio reporting during this time with Radio 702, South Africa’s premier news
and talk station, before moving back to Johannesburg, and away from print, to
Davies is also an accomplished travel writer, having journeyed to some 75
countries in the course of his career. He has written for a variety of travel
magazines both in South Africa and abroad. He has penned two sports travel books
“Chasing the Game” and “Planes, Trains and Stadium Meals” which were
both big sellers in South Africa. The former was nominated for Publisher’s
Choice in the year of its release. For the past 15 years, he has also written a
monthly rugby column for Japan Rugby magazine.
He returned to South Africa in late 2009 and will be a pivotal part of
Supersport's World Cup coverage.
He is married to Jayleen and has two daughters Jemma and Rachel. He enjoys
travel, movies, music and reading.