As one of British television’s foremost sports presenters, Steve Rider has presented over fifty major golf championships, international rugby, and motor sport. In his illustrious career with the BBC, stretching over 20 years, he has hosted Grandstand, Sportsnight, and Sports Personality of the Year.
Steve Rider 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 LBCIRM as a sports presenter and reporter.
In 1980, Steve made his network debut as presenter of ITV’s coverage from the Moscow Olympics.
Career with the BBC
In 1985, Steve accepted an invitation from the BBC to take over from Harry Carpenter as presenter of Sportsnight, a role he filled for six years. In 1991, he switched positions to become the main host of BBC Sports flagship programme Grandstand. During this period, Steve took over as BBC’s golf presenter and became closely associated with the Ryder Cup, The Open, the US Masters and World Matchplay.
In 1996 he hosted the bulk of BBCs 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.
In 2006, Steve Rider joined ITV Sport as the presenter of Formula One and the same year saw the publication of his book, Europe at the Masters.
He also developed the BBC’s domestic motor sports profile and pioneered the highly successful British Touring Car Championship through BHP, which became a highly rated Grandstand feature.
Steve has become strongly involved in corporate video and presentation with clients including Williams, McLaren, HSA, Volvo, Wilson, Nissan, Jordan, Littlewoods, Jaguar, Renault and the RAC Network Q Rally.
What he offers
Steve Rider is in high demand on the corporate market and is an exceptionally professional facilitator, award host and after dinner speaker.
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