Panel and presenter line-up announced for 2013 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

As it’s the 60th anniversary of Sports Personality Of The Year, we’ll be looking back at some of the UK’s greatest sporting moments as well as celebrating all that has been achieved this year."Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport
Date: 18.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.14
2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of BBC Sports Personality Of The Year on Sunday, 15 December, celebrating yet another year of success for the UK’s sportsmen and women.

The show, which broadcasts live on BBC One and BBC One HD from the first direct arena in Leeds, will see Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan sharing the presenting duties.

Sue Barker, having presented the programme for the past 19 years, has decided to step down as a host but will be a member of this year’s judging panel. Sue will remain at the helm for a host of BBC Sport programmes, including Wimbledon and the Winter Olympics, and will play a major role in contributing to this year’s live show.

The 2013 panel will be made up of Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater (Chair); BBC Head of TV Sport, Philip Bernie, Executive Editor of BBC Sports Personality Of The Year, Carl Doran; BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Pougatch; three newspaper sports editors: Alison Kervin (Mail On Sunday), Adam Sills (Telegraph) and Dominic Hart (Mirror); a pan-sports broadcaster/journalist, Sue Barker; and three former nominees: Dame Kelly Holmes, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Michael Vaughan OBE; along with Liz Nicholl OBE, Chief Executive of UK Sport.

The panel will select the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality Of The Year, and the winner will once again be decided by public vote on the night of the show. The panel also chooses the first, second and third place for Team Of The Year, Overseas Personality Of The Year and Coach Of The Year awards.

Additional awards include Lifetime Achievement, the Helen Rollason award, Young Sports Personality Of The Year and Unsung Hero will also be announced on the night. Full T&Cs for all awards can be found at bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “As it’s the 60th anniversary of Sports Personality Of The Year, we’ll be looking back at some of the UK’s greatest sporting moments as well as celebrating all that has been achieved this year. The fact that the show remains so popular after so many years is testament to the outstanding performances of our sportsmen and women.

“It is with a sad heart that we announce that Sue is no longer presenting, having been the mainstay of the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year for almost two decades. This is Sue’s decision and one that we all respect. However, fans needn’t worry - she won’t be absent from our screens on the night, bringing some special elements to the show as we look back on what has been another bumper year for UK sport. Sue will also remain very much a key part of our presenting team at BBC Sport, as we prepare for a busy 2014 sporting calendar. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Gabby Logan to the Sports Personality team for 2013. We’re delighted to have her on board.”

Sue Barker says: “It has been an honour to present BBC Sports Personality Of The Year for the last 19 years and I have loved every minute of it. The BBC have asked me to stay, but I had made the decision to downsize my commitments a while ago, and I knew that the time would be right after what was always set to be a magical 2012. I will still be very much involved with the show though and am looking forward to the 60th anniversary celebrations coming up this year. I also of course look forward to continuing my other presenting work on the BBC."

Last year, the coveted trophy was won by Sir Bradley Wiggins. This year’s winner will join him and some of the many sporting greats to claim the trophy before them, including Bobby Moore, Princess Anne, Lord Sebastian Coe, Daley Thompson, Dame Mary Peters, Torvill and Dean, Liz McColgan, Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham, Dame Kelly Homes, Andrew Flintoff, Sir Chris Hoy, Jonathan Edwards, Paula Radcliffe, Zara Philips and the first winner, Sir Christopher Chataway in 1954.

Notes to Editors

A blog, written by Sports Personality Of The Year Executive Editor, Carl Doran, is available at bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.

For terms and conditions and further information go to bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality. Follow the BBC Sports Personality Twitter feed at @BBCSPOTY. Detailed ticket information will be available later this year.

DB