Steve Rider is a sports presenter with a formidable track record. Currently hosting F1 Legends on Sky Sports, Steve has been a key presenter of countless football matches, rugby matches, motor races, and much more besides, on such flagship shows as BBC's Grandstand and Sportsnight and ITV's World Of Sport. He has presented no fewer than 12 summer and winter Olympic games!
Steve began his career working for a newspaper in south-east London, followed by a stint as a writer for sports news agency Hayters. He then became a sports reporter for Independent Radio News and also covered motor racing for Anglia Television, later becoming Head of Sport on the regional news programme About Anglia.
Steve moved up to the top rank of the TV sports world in 1985 when he join BBC Sport, taking over from Harry Carpenter on the network's Sportsnight programme, which he presented for six years. He also anchored the channel's coverage of the University Boat Race until 2005, and every Olympic Games between 1988 and 2004.
Steve moved to ITV in 2006 to take pole position as lead presenter for the channel's Formula One coverage (2006-2008) as well as football coverage (2006-2010). In addition, he was the lead presenter for ITV's coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In late 2011, it was announced that Steve had joined Sky Sports to present F1 Legends for Sky Sports F1, which debuted in 2012.
Twice winner of The Royal Television Society's Sports Presenter Of The Year award, Steve also won a BAFTA for ITV’s coverage of the 2008 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Steve is patron of the South Buckinghamshire charity Headway South Bucks, which raises money for people with head injuries, and is also patron for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. In addition, he is also Vice President of United Response, a national charity that supports people with physical and mental health issues.
Steve has long been a popular After-dinner Speaker and Awards Host, with a relaxed yet highly professional style - a winning combination for your Event! To book him, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
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