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Ruth Holdaway on Helen Rollason

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Ruth Holdaway, the chief executive of Women in Sport, picks sports broadcaster Helen Rollason, who in 1990 became the first woman to present Grandstand.

Ruth Holdaway, the Chief Executive of Women in Sport picks the sports broadcaster Helen Rollason who in 1990 became the first woman to present Grandstand.

Helen Rollason trained as a teacher, but after stints in community and local radio moved to the BBC to report for and later present the children's News programme 'Newsround'. She kept her hand in with sport and made history in 1990 when she was appointed as the first female presenter of the BBC's flagship sports programme 'Grandstand'. Sport was largely a male-dominated world at the time and there were plenty both inside and outside the Corporation who would have happily have seen her fail.

John Caunt who helped Helen write her autobiography joins the discussion, and there are contributions from Clare Balding, James Pearce and Deb Crook.

Producer: Toby Field.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Ruth Holdaway
Interviewed Guest John Caunt
Interviewed Guest Clare Balding
Interviewed Guest James Pearce
Interviewed Guest Deb Crook
Producer Toby Field


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