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Archives for December 2008

Plenty to look forward to in 2009

Roger Mosey | 13:52 UK time, Tuesday, 30 December 2008

All the end-of-year reviews are agreed: 2008 is a year that's going to be hard to beat for sporting magic.

But we're going to do our best to cheer up the nation in 2009 - however gloomy the news agenda. And almost all the stars from our Sports Personality Top 10 will be in top-quality live action on the BBC.

The people's choice - Chris Hoy - will be with his fellow British cyclists in Poland in March for the World Track Championships. Rebecca Adlington will feature in the World Swimming Championships in Rome in the summer, and we'll be giving extensive coverage to the World Athletics Championships with Christine Ohuruogu from Berlin.

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The frosty morning after the sensational night before

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Roger Mosey | 14:33 UK time, Monday, 15 December 2008

It's a bit longer journey back to London this year and I'm writing this on a train passing through the Midlands on a frosty, misty morning that says Christmas is just around the corner. If proof were needed, a Virgin Trains chaplain has just appeared along with an entire choir singing carols - except in coaches A and B where there's overcrowding...

But top of the agenda: thank you, Liverpool. The city did us proud last night in hosting Sports Personality of the Year. It was a wonderful arena with great facilities, and every impression I got was that the audience there - and the sports stars - had a ball. Liverpool's papers liked it too.

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Planning for Vancouver steps up a gear

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Jonathan Bramley | 10:04 UK time, Friday, 12 December 2008

With Beijing a distant memory now, planning for the next Winter Olympics has stepped up a gear and we've been in Vancouver and Whistler this week on a site visit for the 2010 Games.

They take place from 12 to 28 February and, with less than 14 months to go, it's been a busy few days visiting venues, scouting for live locations, securing accommodation and meeting a lot of the people we'll be working with when the Games come around.

With the different sports split between Vancouver, which is the largest city ever to host the Winter Olympics, and the ski resort of Whistler, we want to make sure that our live presentation represents both locations.

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Capturing the spirit of 2008

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Roger Mosey | 10:19 UK time, Thursday, 11 December 2008

Some of our BBC Sport offices around Television Centre are beginning to empty as our production team moves to Liverpool for this year's Sports Personality Of The Year.

The set is being installed; rehearsals in the Echo Arena will soon be under way; and then the giants of the sporting world will be converging on Merseyside ready for Sunday night's programme.

As ever, there's plenty of press comment - mainly around the incredibly competitive shortlist for this year's main awards, though there's the usual mixture of wit, wisdom and acid comments about the show itself.

I have no problem with commentators commenting - and people like Marina Hyde always make me laugh in the most positive sense - but it's worth explaining why Sports Personality has changed over the years.

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London 2012: The biggest event, the biggest challenge

Roger Mosey | 17:00 UK time, Wednesday, 3 December 2008

From a lecture to Lincoln University, 3 December 2008:

I want to be optimistic. That may seem like an odd thing to say in the middle of the worst economic climate in decades, and with daily reminders about the complexity - and at times the savageness - of modern life. But I want to make a case for hope around the biggest event in the UK in generations: the London 2012 Olympics. And I also want to outline the case for sport as a vital part of the existence of every citizen, and for the BBC's role in supporting that.

Now, I think it's important to say at the outset that I'm not departing from the tradition of BBC impartiality. The BBC will report freely and fairly on the London Games and we'll represent every strand of British opinion. It wasn't easy for the London bid at the time, but we did broadcast an investigation into alleged corruption within the International Olympic Committee while London was in fierce competition to win the Olympiad. We'll continue to report on the triumphs, the challenges and the setbacks.

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Sports Personality shortlist announced

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Carl Doran | 16:37 UK time, Monday, 1 December 2008

We announced the top 10 contenders for this year's prestigious Sports Personality of the Year on BBC One's The One Show on Monday 1 December.

After a quite sensational year, it is no surprise that the list is one of the strongest we've ever had.

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