Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

Calling on the BBC to ensure women are included on the BBC Sport

Today I called on the BBC to ensure women are included on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

It is wrong that there are no women on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist. The BBC should be celebrating our great sportswomen. There are so many who could have been on the shortlist - like Jessica Ennis, Chrissie Wellington, Rebecca Adlington, Keri-Anne Payne and Sarah Stevenson. They are inspirations to girls and young sportswomen.

Nuts and Zoo were on the shortlisting panel. Was the shortlist panel all men as well as the shortlist?  It is not good enough for the BBC just to review the shortlist process for next year. They must act now to ensure women are included this year.

This shortlist highlights the failure over many years to give women’s sport the media coverage it deserves. There must be action to change that.

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