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Sports Personality of the Year

by Roy Brindley |  Published: Jan 01, 2011


Put December 19 in your diary as this is the day you can fill your stockings on the back of the annual whitewash, which is the Sports Personality of the Year Awards. The British Broadcasting Corporation has televised this event and organised both the nomination of the main protagonists and the public voting since 1954. On the exterior the BBC is one of the last great bastions of an imperial nation, standing for all that is good and great. It declares its mission is “to inform, educate and entertain” with six public purposes: sustaining citizenship and civil society; promoting education and learning; stimulating creativity and cultural excellence; representing the UK, its nations, religions and communities; and bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK. Of course it is a load of old tosh. The world’s leading pastime, poker, has never been seen on a BBC screen ...

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