SJA British Sports Journalism Awards 2019: broadcast shortlists

The broadcast shortlists for the 2019 British Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by The National Lottery and Canon, are revealed today.

And what a job it has been for new chair of judges, Faye Carruthers (left) , and her team of 65 category judges who have watched/listened to 41.8 hours of video and audio footage, and rated 165 entries.

She said: “All the judges commented on the extremely high standard of entries this year. Every category was highly contested and so even to be on the shortlist is a huge achievement – thank you to all the entrants and good luck!”

The winners will be announced on Monday, February 24 at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza hotel, a gala occasion hosted by the inimitable Jim Rosenthal. Buy tickets.

Last year Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani,  ITV Sport’s racing partnership, were the joint winners of sports presenter and they are again shortlisted.

The fight to be broadcaster of the year looks a keen one between CNN’s Christina Macfarlane, BT Sport’s Des Kelly – highly commended for the last two years – BBC sports editor Dan Roan, ITV’s Gabriel Clarke, Eleanor Oldroyd from 5Live and BBC colleague Mark Chapman, who was a 2017 winner in the presenter category.

There will be a new commentator of the year with 5Live colleagues Ian Dennis and Mike Costello hoping to follow in the footsteps of John Murray, although Adam Smith (Sky), Nasser Hussain (Sky), Clive Tyldesley (ITV) and Nick Mullins (BT Sport/ITV) might have a say about that.

Local radio has again shown its strength with three nominations in the shortlists. BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Cornwall and BBC Somerset are in contention in audio/radio documentary, show and live event respectively.

A year ago we introduced a new category – sports pundit won by Whisper Films’ Osi Umenyiora – and it proved so popular we are doing it again with a little tweak.

 SJA members will vote for the winner from the eight-strong shortlist compiled by our judges. Umenyiora is back in the frame too.


Audio / Radio Documentary

Anfield and Amsterdam Relived – BBC Radio 5Live
Bloodgate – talkSPORT
Frankie! – talkSPORT
Sir Bobby Robson vs Cancer – Everything is Black and White 
South London Talent Factory – talkSPORT
The Hurricane Tapes – BBC World Service Sport
The Jimmy Peters Story – BBC Radio Bristol

Audio / Radio Show

BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast – BBC Cornwall
GameDay Exclusive – talkSPORT
That Peter Crouch Podcast – BBC Radio 5Live
The Netball Show Podcast – Andy Lamb, Sacha Shipway and Natalie Morris
White and Sawyer – talkSPORT
Costello and Bunce – BBC Radio 5Live

Audio / Radio Live Event Coverage

2019 Cricket World Cup – BBC Asian Network
BBC Somerset’s Cricket Show at Lord’s – BBC Somerset
Cricket World Cup Final – BBC Radio 5Live
England’s 1000th game – talkSPORT
GameDay 10 Games of Christmas – talkSPORT
The Wimbledon Radio Channel – IMG Media

Television / Digital Documentary

Adam Hills: Take His Legs – Noah Media Group
Gamblers Like Me – BBC Africa Eye
KP: Story of a Genius – Sky Sports
Stop The Tour – BT Sport
The Edge – Noah Media Group in association with Heavy Soul Films
The Kennedy Who Changed the World – BBC

Broadcast Journalist

Christina Macfarlane – CNN
Dan Roan – BBC Sports News
Des Kelly – BT Sport
Eleanor Oldroyd – BBC Radio 5Live
Gabriel Clarke – ITV Sport
Mark Chapman – BBC Sport

Sports Commentator

Adam Smith – Sky Sports
Clive Tyldesley – ITV Sport
Ian Dennis – BBC Radio 5Live
Nasser Hussain – Sky Sports
Nick Mullins – BT Sport / ITV Sport
Mike Costello – BBC Radio 5Live

Sports Presenter

Caroline Barker – Sky, BBC, PLP
Craig Doyle – BT Sport
Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani – ITV Sport
Gabby Logan – BBC Sport
Ian Ward – Sky Sports
Mike Wedderburn – Sky Sports News
Steve Jones – Whisper

Television / Digital Live Event Coverage

Cheltenham Festival – ITV Sport
Cricket World Cup Final  – Sky Sports & Sunset + Vine
European Qualifiers: Bulgaria v England – ITV Sport
Rugby World Cup Final: England v South Africa – ITV Sport
The Ashes – Sky Sports
The Open – Sky Sports

Television / Digital Show

Cricket on 5 – Ashes Headingley Final Day – Sunset+Vine
Formula 1 – Whisper
I’m Game – Sky Sports
ITV Racing: The Opening Show – ITV Sport
Match of the Day – BBC Sport
Prime Video, Every Game Every Goal – Sunset+Vine & BT Sport
The NFL Show – Whisper

Sports Pundit

(To be voted for by SJA members)

Alex Scott
Dan Hardy
Darren Gough
Gary Neville
Jason Bell
Nasser Hussain
Osi Umenyiora
Tamsin Greenway