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Olympic viewers urged to be patient as BBC forced to juggle live streams

Frustration as reduced broadcasting rights limit corporation’s coverage to only two events at a timeTokyo Olympics – live updatesFans missing live Tokyo Olympics coverage of their favourite sports are being urged to be patient as the BBC juggles live s…

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Jason Mohammad: ‘I was spat at for being Muslim. That’s just how it was’ | Sachin Nakrani

Before covering the Olympics, the BBC sports presenter talks about racist abuse as a child, rediscovering his faith, and taking pride in being a role modelJason Mohammad wants to talk, which will come as no surprise to observers of this most ubiquitous…

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ITV’s England ‘curse’ lifted but BBC will dominate Euro 2020 final

Semi-final was a big win for ITV but vast majority likely to switch to BBC when broadcasters go toe-to-toe for the finalWhen Sam Matterface finished ITV’s commentary on England’s historic Euro 2020 victory over Denmark, he concluded with a plea to view…

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Des Lynam on the story behind Euro 96: ‘Football got its smile back’ | Michael Butler

Presenter reflects on a shy Gary Lineker, a charming Ruud Gullit, and how it felt to anchor coverage of England at home 25 years ago“Hello, it’s June 30th and we’re at Wembley for the European Championship final, England against Scotland. Well, we can …

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Euro 2020 on TV: calm start for BBC but for Savage dig at Boris Johnson

Lineker marshalled the studio well, Mowbray and Jenas made a solid double act, but the forgetful prime minister got a kickingFootball punditry can be a detestable sham. The BBC gave an ominous reminder of that during their Euro 2020 preview show on Thu…

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‘That does make it feel real’: Alex Scott announced as new Football Focus host – video

Alex Scott has been named as the new presenter of the BBC’s Football Focus, becoming the show’s first permanent female host in its 47-year history.The former Arsenal and England full-back will take over from Dan Walker, who is stepping down after 12 ye…

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Alex Scott confirmed as the new host of BBC’s Football Focus

Former England player is first permanent female in roleDan Walker steps down after 12 years as face of showAlex Scott has been named as the new host of the BBC’s Football Focus, becoming the show’s first permanent female host in its 47-year history. Th…

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Gary Lineker’s political tweets could help him avoid £4.9m tax bill

Presenter’s tweets on Brexit and Tories could form part of case that he is not a typical BBC or BT Sport employeeGary Lineker’s political tweets could help the presenter avoid a £4.9m tax bill, as part of a continuing dispute about whether he should be…

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The Guardian view on women’s football: the new deal is a gamechanger | Editorial

A decision by the BBC and Sky to invest £8m a year in the Women’s Super League puts the sport on a far stronger footingIn one sense it’s been a long time coming. Advocates of women’s football in England spent most of the last decade pushing for broadca…

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‘A huge step forward’: WSL announces record-breaking deal with BBC and Sky

£8m-a-season deal believed to be biggest in women’s footballKelly Simmons hails ‘a landmark moment for the women’s game’The FA has announced it has signed a “landmark” multimillion pound deal with Sky Sports and the BBC for the broadcast rights to the …

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‘You can’t carry it’: the victims of football’s darkest scandal on the power of speaking out

A BBC documentary on abuse in football reveals how survivors felt that years of enforced silence inflicted further damageAfter last week’s exhaustive inquiry by Clive Sheldon QC into how young people in football have been subjected to horrific sexual a…

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Murray Walker obituary

Motor racing broadcaster whose ‘pants on fire’ commentaries were loved by listeners and viewers over seven decadesSeldom can any frontrank outside-broadcast commentator have had a longer span at the microphone, or a voice more distinctively identifiabl…

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Murray Walker ? a life in pictures

The broadcaster, who was the voice of Formula One on British television, has died aged 97. His career spanned more than 50 years at the BBC and ITV before he retired from commentating in 2001 Continue reading…

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Murray Walker, the voice of Formula One, dies aged 97

Tributes paid after broadcaster’s death announcedWalker first commentated on F1 in 1978 for the BBCFor generations of British fans, Murray Walker, who died on Saturday at the age of 97, was, quite simply, the voice of Formula One.The affection with whi…

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BBC and RFU ‘strongly condemn’ online abuse sent to Sonja McLaughlan

BBC rugby reporter was sent abuse after pitchside interviewsRFU: ‘Abuse for doing your job is not OK. We stand with you’The BBC and the Rugby Football Union have strongly condemned the online abuse suffered by the reporter Sonja McLaughlan following he…

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Suspected crime boss Kinahan ‘still working in boxing’, Panorama reports

Panorama to air evidence of Daniel Kinahan’s involvementBarry McGuigan says: ‘There is an intimidation effect’The murky world of professional boxing is under fresh scrutiny as a BBC Panorama investigation claims to have found clear evidence that “a sus…

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BBC’s downsized Spoty celebration fills space and reflects these odd times | Simon Burnton

The ceremony’s usual bombast was dialled down a little but odd moments were reassuringly present and correctAs the BBC’s small, Covid-friendly Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony drew to a predictable conclusion, Lewis Hamilton – appearing vi…

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Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Formula One driver claimed seventh world title this year, bringing him level with Michael SchumacherLewis Hamilton was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, putting the seal on a year of exceptional professional achievement and political activi…

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Lewis Hamilton favourite as BBC aims to hit right tone with musical Spoty | Paul MacInnes

Sports Personality of the Year awards will be a socially distant affair but Rick Astley and Celeste will aim to raise spiritsSadly for the residents of Salford, there will be no opportunity to watch the nation’s finest athletes totter in heels and tail…

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Tyson Fury sends lawyers’ letter to BBC demanding SPOTY list removal

Boxer revealed latest twist on ITV breakfast programmeWorld heavyweight champion’s ‘polite’ request was rebuffedTyson Fury has revealed he has sent a letter from his lawyers to the BBC in an attempt to be removed from the Sports Personality of the Year…