BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013, BBC One, 15 December 2013



We received complaints from viewers about the result of BBC Sports Personality of the Year in light of the fact a trophy was presented to Andy Murray when he was in Miami.

The BBC’s response

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards always feature a high calibre of athletes in the top ten and it is inevitable that not all contenders are able to attend due to training and competition commitments.  For this reason we always have contingency plans in place, this is standard practice for the show. 

On this occasion, Andy Murray was unable to attend in person, but as he was on the shortlist, we had a replica of the main trophy and replicas of the second and third place trophies in Miami as a contingency if he should be in the top three at the end of the public vote.  We also had contingency plans including recipients on stand-by in the studio if any of the other nominees who could not be at the ceremony should be in the top three. 

The authentic and original BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy was brought on stage by Sir Bradley Wiggins at the start of the show.

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