A former British
Olympian, Allison is now a familiar voice for athletics on BBC Radio 5 live.
Allison, a 400 metre runner, competed at the highest level including two Olympic
Games (Atlanta and Sydney), World and European Championships and the 1998
Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Allison remains the Scottish record holder
for the women’s 400 metres.
Allison has been a key part of the 5 live commentary team, covering three
Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing and London), two Paralympic Games (Beijing and
London) we well as World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Away from her
broadcasting career Allison promotes International Netball and works with
Sporting Ambassadors; teaming current sporting professionals with schools and
community groups to provide positive role models to young people and
encouraging participation in sport.
Steve Backley OBE
Olympic medallist Steve Backley OBE will be a
key part of Radio 5 live’s commentary team at London 2012.
Steve won Olympic bronze in Barcelona
in 1992 before winning silver medals in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney in 2000 in the
javelin and as a result is the only British athlete to have medalled at three
He also won three Commonwealth and four European
Championship gold medals between 1990 and 2002. Steve was part of the 5
live commentary team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and London 2012.
Mike Costello is one of BBC Radio
5 live's most recognisable voices, having commentated on athletics and boxing
for the station since 2006. His passion for both sports has guided listeners
through the highs and lows of these much-loved events.
Having previously worked for the
BBC World Service in a similar role, Mike has covered every World Athletics
Championships since Gothenburg in 1995.
Mike was a key part of the 5 live
sports team for London 2012, having commentated on the previous five. He
credits being able to follow the successes of athletes, such as Usain Bolt, as
the most uplifting experiences of his broadcasting career so far.
the BBC since 1998, Sonja has been part of some of the biggest sporting events
in the world, including every Olympic games since Atlanta 1996, the Rugby World
Cup, World Championship Athletics, the London Marathon and the University Boat
joining as a trainee in 1988, Sonja has become one of the BBC’s most
experienced broadcasters. She learnt her trade as a news reporter before
joining the sports team from where she has never looked back.
Sonja was the first woman to produce BBC Radio’s rugby union output and made
her name on the BBC’s Six Nations coverage, along with her work as a reporter
for BBC Radio 5 live and Rugby Union for Grandstand.
Sonja can also be seen presenting the sports news throughout the week on BBC
News and BBC World News and played a major role in the commentary team for last
year’s Olympic Games.
A seasoned and respected broadcaster across radio and
television over many years, Mark Pougatch has presented some of the biggest
shows in sports journalism and his CV includes Match of The Day and Football
Focus on BBC television. Mark has also broadcast from every major sporting
event that the station covers including the Cricket, Rugby and Football World
Cups and Commonwealth Games. He presented from London 2012 for Radio 5 live – his
fourth summer Olympics and from Wimbledon 2013.
On Radio 5 live he has broadcast right across the
schedule in both sport and news roles including presenting 5 live breakfast,
Drive, Test Match Special, on 5 live sport anchoring the flagship Saturday
programme and presents the iconic Sports Report.
Donovan Bailey, once the fastest man on
earth, is a track and field legend having competed at world class level
throughout the 1990s.
He held the world record for the men’s 100
metres at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with a time of 9.84 seconds. He
also claimed gold as part of the men’s 4x100 metre relay.
The Canadian sprinter is a three-time World
Athletics Champion, having competed in Gothenburg (1995) where he claimed a
gold medal in the men’s 100 metres and 100 metre relay. He returned to the
world stage in Athens (1997) to help his team retain the men’s 100 metre relay
Before becoming an athlete, Donovan was a
stockbroker. He now lives in Toronto, Canada and regularly co-commentates for
Donovan is new to the BBC Radio 5 live
commentary team for 2013.
A key member of the BBC’s presentation team for the
London 2012 Olympics, Gabby presents Final Score, Inside Sport, the Six Nations
and the Autumn Rugby Internationals for BBC One. Gabby has hosted a live daily
show on Channel 5, LIVE with Gabby Logan, the FIFA 2011 Women’s World Cup for
BBC Three, Match of the Day, the One Show and was in South Africa in 2010
reporting on the England team for the FIFA 2010 World Cup and Beijing in 2008
for the Olympics.
A former international gymnast, Gabby
began her broadcasting career in radio in 1992 and joined Sky Sports in 1996,
where she quickly established herself as a football presenter. First joining
ITV in 1998 to front On The Ball, during her nine years at the channel Gabby’s
repertoire expanded and her presenting credits include the World Cup, Champions
League and the Premiership, as well as the Boat Race and sports news reporting.
In 2004 she co-hosted Sport Relief with Gary Lineker for the BBC, before
joining the corporation in 2007. Following various stints on the station, Gabby
began presenting a regular weekly Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 5 Live in
From January 2010 to April 2011 she presented The Gabby
Logan Show weekdays from 12pm – 2pm, which covered news and sport from across
the UK as well as comprehensive analysis of Prime Minister's Questions every
Wednesday. She is a columnist for The Times and has previously written for the
Sunday Mirror, Independent and Yorkshire Post.
Jonathan Edwards CBE
Jonathan Edwards' achievements on the track have earned
him a place in history as one of the World's greatest and most admired
athletes. Almost 17 years after his incredible efforts in Gothenburg, Jonathan
Edwards still holds the world record for the triple jump at 18.29m.
In 2000 Jonathan won a gold medal
during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and returned home to a hero's welcome. After a
career that spanned 15 years, Jonathan made his last competitive triple jump at
the World Athletics Championships in Paris in 2003; he retired soon after as
one of Great Britain's most successful athletes.
Jonathan has received several awards in
recognition of his sporting achievements including BBC Sports Personality of
the Year in 1995; an MBE in 1996 and then a CBE in 2001.
Since retiring Jonathan became one of
BBC Sport’s key pundits and commentators covering all the major athletics
events, including the Olympics in London 2012, Beijing in 2008 and Athens in
2004. Jonathan has been part of the presentation team throughout 2013, covering
the Diamond League meetings and the London Anniversary Games for the BBC.
Colin Jackson is without a doubt one of the greatest
athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, with almost over a decade spent
at the very pinnacle of his sport.
As a 110m hurdler, Colin was ranked in
the world top ten for 16 years and he was World No.1 from 1992-1994. For the
last seven years of his career Colin was never out of the world’s top 3 and
went on to set seven European, eight Commonwealth and nine UK records at 110m
hurdles. Colin still holds the World Record over 60m hurdles indoors (7.30,
On retirement, Colin was a natural
choice to become one of the key members of the BBC’s sports production team and
he continues to cover all of their Athletics output as a BBC pundit. His
broadcasting career began by covering the Athens Olympics and since then he has
been an integral part of the BBC output for all major athletic events since
including the London Olympics last year and Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Colin traced his roots in a moving
episode of BBC One's highly acclaimed, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and appeared
on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
Colin worked extensively with the BBC Wales award
nominated sport website ‘Raise your Game’ from 2004 until early 2012, which,
with the help of celebrity interviews and invaluable advice, encouraged
children to be ambitious in sport and life in general.
Steve Cram MBE
Steve Cram is one of the UK's most famous sporting
personalities. As an athlete his career was forged alongside Coe and Ovett to
form a period of unprecedented success in British athletics and since his
retirement he has built a solid broadcasting career as a presenter/commentator
for the BBC.
In a career spanning over three decades,
since appearing as a 17 year old at the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Steve’s
many achievements include six Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the
European and World Championships.
At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los
Angeles, Steve returned from injury to take a silver medal in the 1500m behind
Sebastian Coe. The following year he broke world records in the 1500m, 2000m
and Mile, all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost nine years.
In 1983 Steve was voted BBC Sports
Personality of the Year, one of the few athletes to have won the award, and in
1986 he was awarded an MBE.
Since retiring from competitive
athletics Steve has become a successful television commentator, first with
Eurosport, and then with Channel 4 before joining the BBC as the Chief
Steve was part of the BBC’s
presentation team during the London 2012 Olympics. He also co-presented the
2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Athens in
2004, both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 and the Vancouver
Winter Games in 2010.
Steve has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5
live including hosting the popular 606 and Sunday Sport shows.
Phil is the BBC’s trackside athletics reporter, having
first taken on that role at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He
subsequently covered the London 2012 Olympics, Beijing Olympics in 2008, World
Championships in Osaka in 2007 & Berlin 2009 and European Championships in
Gothenburg in 2006 & Barcelona in 2010 – along with all the BBC’s domestic
athletics output, including the London Marathon and Great North Run.
Phil currently presents sport on the BBC World News
channel out of MediaCity in his home city of Salford. He carried out a similar
role for almost eight years from September 1994 for CNN International, hosting
their flagship World Sport show almost 2,000 times and co-hosting CNN’s
coverage of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake
City in 2002, World Cup football in France in 1998 and both Euro 96 and Euro
2000 football tournaments. He also presented CNN’s weekly golf show for two
years, reported from the Masters and co-hosted the US PGA Championship for
CNNSi in 2001.
Denise Lewis OBE
Denise Lewis OBE is a retired British athlete who
specialised in the heptathlon, in which and she won the gold medal at the 2000
Sydney Olympics. Alongside Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Christine
Ohuruogu, Lewis is one of the current "golden girls" of British
athletics and has twice (1998 and 2000) been runner up in the BBC Sports
Personality of the Year.
In 2004, Lewis took part in the BBC’s
“Strictly Come Dancing”. She was partnered alongside professional dancer, Ian
Waite and in the first few weeks scored the highest number of points with the
judges. She eventually reached the final and was runner-up to actress Jill
In 2009, Denise was a pundit for BBC Sport's coverage of
the 2009 World Athletics Championships from Berlin alongside Michael Johnson
and Colin Jackson a role she filled again for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in
In 2012, Denise brought her sporting expertise to the
BBC’s presentation team for the London Olympic Games. This year, Denise is once
again a major part of the BBC’s athletics output as she presents from Diamond
League meetings and the London Anniversary Games as well as the World Athletics
Paula Radcliffe MBE
Paula Radcliffe is
one of Britain’s most successful athletes and still holds the world record for
the women’s marathon with a time of 2:15:25 hours. A three-time winner of both
the London and New York marathons, she is the former world champion of the
marathon, half marathon and cross country.
In 2002, Paula won
the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award after winning her first London
Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, 10,000 metres in the European Championships and
gold in the 5000 metres at the Manchester Commonwealth Games all in the same
runner represented Great Britain at four consecutive Olympic Games (1996 to
2008) and six World Athletics Championships (1993, 95, 97, 99, 2001 and 2005),
winning Britain’s only gold medal in Helsinki in 2005.
Paula will join
Gabby Logan and the team in Moscow, bringing all her expertise to the
Championships for BBC television.
Andrew Cotter is one of the most recognised voices across
BBC Television and Radio’s coverage of golf, rugby and tennis and has recently
joined the BBC’s athletics team.
Originally a presenter of sports
bulletins on BBC Radio 5 live, as well as Radio 1, 2 and 4, Andrew went on to
become a sports presenter on the BBC News Channel, while at the same time
building a career commentating on golf and rugby for BBC Radio and Television,
working on major events including the Six Nations, Ryder Cup, The US Masters,
US Open and USPGA.
Andrew began his broadcasting career in commercial radio
in his native Scotland, going on to work for Sky News before joining the BBC in
Andrew will join Gabby Logan and the team as part of BBC
televisions coverage of the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
As an athlete, Paul Dickenson competed in two consecutive
Summer Olympics; Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980. He held the British and
Commonwealth records for throwing the hammer.
Paul joined the BBC Sports team in 1987 as a trackside
reporter and since 1990 he has commentated on every major athletics meeting for
the BBC, as well as the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Paul is a voice that
is known to millions. Amongst many major outside broadcasts, Paul has also
commentated on the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as programmes such as the
Lord Mayors Show, Superstars, World’s Strongest Man, Comic Relief and Sports
Brendan Foster MBE
Brendan Foster's athletics career saw him compete in in
three Olympic Games; the 1970 Commonwealth Championships in Edinburgh
(15,000m), the 1974 European Championships (5,000m) and the 1978 Commonwealth
Championship in Edmonton (10,000m).
He also set two world records for the
3,000m (1972 and 1974), competed in three Olympic Games and claimed Britain's
only track and field medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
In 1980, Brendan retired from active
athletics. His career as a commentator began shortly afterwards and he has
worked for the BBC commentating and reporting on Athletics at every major event
since 1983, including last year’s Olympic Games in London.
Brendan was also the brains behind
Britain's biggest annual road race, The Great North Run.
Brendan Foster was awarded the MBE in 1976 and a CBE in
Michael Johnson is one of the most
successful runners in the world and is generally considered one of the greatest
sprinters in the history of track and field.
He made history at the 1996 Olympics
where he became the first man to ever win a gold medal for both the 200 metres
and 400 metres at the same Olympics.
During his career he has won 19
international gold medals. He held the world record for the 200 metres between
1996 -2008, his world record for the 400 metres set in 1999 is yet to be
Michael’s many accolades include being
inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall Of Fame, being named U.S Male
Olympian of the Decade (1990-1999), winning an ESPN Award and being awarded
International Sportsman of the Year in 2000.
After winning the 400 metres and 4x400m
relay at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Michael retired. He is now an integral
part to the BBC’s commentary team providing expert analysis on a range of
athletics sporting events, including last year’s Olympic Games in London.
also appeared on Radio 4’s iconic programme Desert Island Discs.