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After the Summer of Sport, the autumn Inside...

Amanda Farnsworth | 11:14 UK time, Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Hello everyone and welcome to a new series of Inside Sport.

We're back after what must be one of the best summers of sport ever. Gabby has been to meet triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy to see how he's coping with his new found fame - he's even big in Japan as we found on the streets of Edinburgh (do tune in to find out what I mean).

Gabby will also be sorting through double-gold swimming medallist swimmer Becky Adlington's shoe cupboard. Gabby has her eyes on those glittering Jimmy Choos, though I'm not sure she and Becky are the same size.

Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington

Other stars already lined up (bar unforeseen disasters!) are England and Spurs star, David Bentley - it's been a rocky start to the season for Juande Ramos but David is confident things are looking up; the first big interview with Nick Faldo after the Ryder Cup; and we've been following Wasps and England's Danny Cipriani on the road back from that terrible ankle injury.

Matt Pinsent has been delving into the post-Olympic budget debate - how much money is each sport going to get and which ones will be cut? And he's also met the new head of UK Athletics.

I've taken on board the comments on my blog about the various ideas we have for this season. So - no viewers e-mails on air! Having a debate programme is a great idea and one we're working on; we will be on BBC iPlayer, too, but not until the weekend after we're broadcast, though you should be able to red button us on Tuesday night.

And we've also made some changes to our panel - Des Kelly, Steve Bunce and Tony Livesey will all return, but we're also getting some of BBC Sport's best talent in to talk about their sport. So watch out for Jonathan Pearce, David Croft, Steve Cram, Aggers, Brian Moore and more.

More news of exactly what's in show one - MONDAY 6 OCTOBER, 2330 BST, BBC ONE - next week.

It's good to be back and keep the comments coming.


  • Comment number 1.

    23h30?! - thank the Lord for the i-player. What a wasted opportunity...

  • Comment number 2.

    "I've taken on board the comments on my blog about the various ideas we have for this season."

    I seem to remember many people including myself saying it should be on earlier than what was its usual time slot. Seems you have gone the other way with 11.30? NOt a great time at al for the start of a new season.

    Also a bit strange about the i-player, why such a wait after the programme is shown?

    Everything else sounding good though, glad to hear your taking more advantage of the people you have available at BBC Sport, also happy about the debate programme, something I suggested along with others which seemed popular so good to see you are taking on board our views.

    Just try to make seeing the programme a bit more convenient please instead of what seems to be hiding it away.

  • Comment number 3.

    Clearly you didn't try hard enough to take on the mass of recommendations to change the broadcast time although the red button idea seems good.

    There is nothing I could be less interested in than Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington saying how shocked and delighted they were with their Beijing experience and how much they look forward to 2012. They've said it all before and I doubt there is anything new in those interviews to what has been on before.

    The things that Matthew Pinsent will be doing will definitely interest me though as will the pundits from the various sports. The Nick Faldo interview should be good too if Gabby can ask the tough questions.

    Its great to see Steve Bunce back.

    A good programme just in a poor time slot.

  • Comment number 4.

    'Clearly you didn't try hard enough to take on the mass of recommendations to change the broadcast time.'

    I imagine that is slightly unfair. I am sure that the broadcast time is in the hands of BBC schedulers who have the final say on these things. Maybe Inside Sport just does not get enough viewers to justify a time where it will compete against the likes of Newsnight etc...

  • Comment number 5.

    "Gabby will also be sorting through double-gold swimming medallist swimmer Becky Adlington's shoe cupboard. Gabby has her eyes on those glittering Jimmy Choos, though I'm not sure she and Becky are the same size." - I can't wait.

  • Comment number 6.

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  • Comment number 7.

    I'm looking forward to the new series on Inside Sport.

    Like the idea of using some more people from BBC Sport in the studio alongside the 3 regulars.

    I would like to see some more BBC Sport reporters used - the likes of Phil Jones, Garry Richardson and Sonja McLaughlan.

    Really dissapointed with the time slot getting later. I know scheduling isn't your job. At least it will be on iplayer now that is a positive move - if I fall asleep before the end I can catch up. Although its odd to have such a long wait.

    I also read the new series will be 30 mins episodes which is a dissapointment if true.

    Redtimbo #3 - I actually look forward to Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington being on - Rebecca in particular wasn't well know before the olympics and it will be interesting to know more about her.

    Just try and keep the range of sports covered broad.

  • Comment number 8.

    Shame its on so late but guess there is the good old Iplayer!

  • Comment number 9.

    I'll be in bed. Could you get the BBC to put it on at an earlier time please? I'm pretty sure there'll be nothing worthwhile on in the ten- thirty slot.

  • Comment number 10.

    Amanda - can you explain why the delay in it being on iPlayer? Also, why the late time slot/30 minute programmes.

    On the flip side, good to have it back.

  • Comment number 11.

    About the time the programme is on - I'm afraid that's one for the people that run BBC One rather than me.

    And about the iPlayer - it's a techy answer - because of sports rights issues, we need to reversion our show. Happily we do this already because we produce a version of Inside Sport for BBC World News but until now the iPlayer hasn't been able to pick up the signal of BBC World (picking up a channel signal is how the I player gets programmes on to itself). But now the BBC News Channel is running the BBC World News version too over the weekend (from Friday nights) the iPlayer can pick up Inside Sport from the BBC News Channel signal. And that's also why the programme can't be on the iPlayer until the News Channel has run it.

    Confused? Happily in early 2009 it will become easier to get the programme on the iPlayer because of new techy developments.
    (iPlayer will be able to take content in any form, so we can supply them with a tape on Tuesday evenings.)

    Hope that's useful

  • Comment number 12.

    Ooooh celebrity froth can't wait..Rebecca Adlington's shoe cupboard plus I'm sure more incisive interviews like we saw in the Olympics!

    Generic Interviewer "What did it feel like to win gold?"
    Generic Athlete "Unbelievable...I couldn't believe it, it was just unbelievable..."

    I guess we have Adlington's shoe collection because David Beckham's hairdresser was busy.

  • Comment number 13.

    Given the timing of the first show, immediately after the end of the season, will it include any coverage of the County season?

  • Comment number 14.

    Amanda: I assume Inside Sport will likewise make a return soon on BBC World News?

  • Comment number 15.

    Valentino Rossi became World Champion today!
    The BBC 10 o'clock News mentioned this in one sentence at the very end of the Sports coverage. There was no video footage - not even a photo of Vale. Just a shot of the news reader.I mentioned this to my husband - his reply? "Well that's what it's like to be a bike fan!
    The MotoGP coverage on the BBC is fantastic. I can't fault it - except I'd like to be able to watch all the qualifying races, rather than having to go to my Mum and Dad's to watch it on Sky!
    Other European countries don't suffer this! The Spanish are passionate about the bikes; the Italians too. The number of British bike fans are on the increase - Donington Park MotoGP attendance was in excess of 70, 000.

    Rossi made history today.......he's come a long way this year and he's so entertaining as a rider and personality! He should atleast have been seen on the sports news and not mentioned as an afterthought. Come on guys... you can do better than this! You are the BBC!

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  • Comment number 18.

    This just in from Amanda (bit of a log-in mix up at our end):

    Thanks for your e mails about which sport you would like to see on the 2016 Olympics. The biggest number went for Rugby Sevens, with a decent number for Squash and Golf. The discussion in the studio revolved around the a) do we want another big sport that's really professional ( like Tennis already is) or a completely amateur one like inline speed skating? Lots of commentators often say we should have amateur sports as they are more in keeping with the Olympic Spirit - I'm not sure I agree with that.


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