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Steve Rider is television’s foremost sports presenter. He hosted BBC Television’s Grandstand and Sportsnight for over 20 years and in 2006, Steve joined ITV Sport as the presenter of Formula One.
He has a journalistic background both in local newspapers and press/public relations. For two years he was a reporter and feature writer with Hayters, the Fleet Street based sports agency, before joining the newly established independent local radio stations LBC/IRM as a sports presenter and reporter
He began at Anglia TV and after two years moved on to Thames He joined the BBC in 1985, taking over from Harry Carpenter
Since 1980, Steve has anchored coverage of the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics and the Winter Olympics. In 1996 he hosted the bulk of BBC’s coverage of the Barcelona 1996 Olympics, which won the International Olympic Committee Golden Rings Award, the Royal Television Society Sports Award and was nominated for a BAFTA award. Steve continued to be the main anchor for the BBC’s Olympics and Commonwealth Games coverage, up to and including Athens 2004.
He anchored ITV’s Formula One coverage from 2006 to 2008, and football coverage from 2006 to April 2010. He was the lead presenter for ITV’s coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.