In the year when West Germany clinched the FIFA World Cup, Doris Day dominated the UK singles chart, and Winston Churchill held the position of Prime Minister in the UK, the inception of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year occurred. This December marks the grand celebration of this premier awards show in the sporting realm, commemorating its 70th anniversary.
Scheduled for Tuesday, 19 December, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023 will unfold at the BBC Sport headquarters in Media City, Salford. Esteemed BBC Sport personalities, including Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, and Alex Scott, will host the live programme on BBC One and iPlayer, airing from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Coverage of the red carpet proceedings, encompassing exclusive interviews with nominees and program highlights, will also be accessible on the BBC Sport website, app, and various social media platforms.
From the Lionesses’ journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup final to Europe’s triumph in the Ryder Cup, 2023 held the nation captivated, with BBC Sport at the forefront of the action. Triumphs at the World Athletic Championships with Team GB, coupled with events on home soil like the men’s and women’s Ashes and the UCI Cycling World Championships in the UK, marked the sporting landscape. England narrowly missed victory in the men’s Rugby World Cup semi-final, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City secured the treble, a feat unmatched since Manchester United’s class of ’99.
Once again, the event will feature eight categories honouring the most remarkable sporting accomplishments and talents from 2023. These include:
- Sports Personality of the Year
- World Sport Star of the Year
- Helen Rollason Award
- Young Sports Personality of the Year
- Unsung Hero
- Coach of the Year
- Team of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
Tickets for the event are accessible to the public through the BBC Shows and Tours website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows. Additionally, viewers at home can actively participate by voting for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner during the broadcast.
Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, says:“I’m so proud of the crucial role BBC Sport has played in bringing audiences a wonderful and thrilling year of sport on TV, radio and online – there will be so much to celebrate on the evening.
“What will make this year’s awards even more special is that we are marking 70 years of the programme. Over the last seven decades the public has decided who its sporting heroes are, from grassroots to professional, and that’s what makes Sports Personality of the Year so important.”
Details regarding the contenders for the 2023 Sports Personality of the Year will be disclosed in due course.