AWARDS: Clare Balding to receive special BAFTA TV award

April 28, 2013

Sports presenter Clare Balding is to receive a special award at next month’s BAFTA Television Awards.

She will be recognised for her ‘Outstanding Achievement in Factual Presenting’ at the ceremony to be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12.

The BAFTA committee described her work covering London 2012 – on the BBC for the Olympics and on Channel 4 for the Paralympics – had made her ‘a national treasure’.

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BROADCASTING: Tony Gubba – 1943-2013

March 11, 2013

Veteran sports broadcaster Tony Gubba has died aged 69 following a short illness, his family have announced.

A long-serving member of the BBC commentary team, Gubba covered everything from World Cups to Summer and Winter Olympics in a varied and distinguished career that spanned more than five decades.

He was one of the most familiar and versatile personalities of British television sport during his career, fronting iconic BBC shows like Grandstand, Sportsnight and Match of the Day during the 1970s and 80s, and, more recently, was the voice of ITV’s Sunday night celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice.

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MOTORSPORT: ITV4 to screen highlights of inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship

February 25, 2013

The inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship will be broadcast on free-to-air television in 2013 after series organisers MSV secured a highlights deal with ITV.

Created by former grand prix driver Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision (MSV), the new championship has been created to help young drivers in their attempts to bridge the gap between junior single-seater formulae and a potential career in Formula 1.

An hour-long show will be screened one week after each of the eight events in a prime-time Sunday evening slot on ITV4 and in high-definition on ITV4 HD.

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TV: Clare Balding to front her own sports chat show on BT Sport

January 31, 2013

Award-winning sports broadcaster Clare Balding has signed up to present a unique programme for BT Sport.

The presenter, who was highly praised for her work fronting the BBC London 2012 Olympics and Channel 4’s Paralympics coverage, will present and co-produce a weekly sports magazine show that will feature interviews with major sporting names and discussion of big sporting issues.

It will also shine a spotlight on women’s sport, giving the next generation the chance to fully embrace a variety of sports and sporting stars.

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FOOTBALL: Jason Mohammad announced as new presenter of BBC’s Final Score

January 25, 2013

Jason Mohammad will replace Gabby Logan as the regular presenter of the BBC’s Final Score.

The Welsh presenter, who has worked on a variety of sports programmes during the last decade for BBC Wales, as well as BBC Sport’s rugby union and Olympics coverage, will take over the reigns of the corporation’s football results service full-time from the start of the 2013/14 season.

It has also been confirmed that Mohammad will replace Rishi Persad as the BBC’s secondary snooker presenter, starting with the 2013 World Championships in April.

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FOOTBALL: Mark Chapman to replace Colin Murray as Match of the Day 2 presenter

January 22, 2013

Colin Murray has been dropped by the BBC as presenter of Match of the Day 2 after three years in the role.

The Northern Irishman, who took over from Adrian Chiles after his defection to ITV in 2010, is set to be replaced at the end of the current Premier League season by Mark Chapman.

According to the Daily Mail’s Charlie Sale, Chapman is regarded by BBC bosses as a “more suitable host for a programme that increasingly features the most important Premier League matches of the weekend”.

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FORMULA 1: Suzi Perry becomes the new face of BBC F1

December 21, 2012

Suzi Perry has been announced as the new presenter of the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage.

The former MotoGP presenter will link-up with BBC favourites Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard for the entire 19-race season, starting in Melbourne on March 15-17.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey, who left the corporation to become the face of BT Sport’s Premier League coverage.

The BBC have also confirmed the nine races that will be shown live on terrestrial television during the 2013 season, including the British, Belgian, Italian and the season-ending Brazilian Grands Prix, but the Monaco Grand Prix is not included as one of the live BBC races.

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