Stephen Rider (born 28 April
1950 in Dartford, Kent) is a well
known English sports
presenter, and is currently anchorman of ITV's
Football coverage, which includes the Champions League, England
Internationals and the FA Cup.
He was anchor for ITV's
Formula One Coverage from 2006 to 2008.
attended the John Roan Boys' Grammar
School on Maze
Hill in Blackheath.
He began his career working for a newspaper
in south-east London, followed by writing for sports news agency
. Early in his career he was 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 and lived near Halesworth in Suffolk.
Steve worked for ITV Sport for several years providing reports for
the now-defunct World
programme, and reporting from the 1980 Summer Olympics
. He was also a
presenter for some of the golf coverage on Channel 4
and presented some live European
football for ITV.
Rider joined BBC Sport
in July 1985,
taking over from Harry Carpenter
the network's now-defunct Sportsnight
strand, which he presented for six years. He became a familiar
face on British television,
presenting shows such as Grandstand, Sports Personality of the
Year and much of the BBC's motorsports, rugby
and golf coverage.
In 1996 ITV
attempted to recruit Rider, when it was announced
that Formula One
coverage would move
from the publicly funded BBC to ITV, however he chose to remain
with the BBC and ITV F1 frontman role was handed to Jim Rosenthal
In October 2005 it was reported that ITV had secured Rider's
services and would replace Jim
from 2006 onwards to present coverage of Formula One.
He later said that a factor in his decision to move network was the
BBC's unwillingness to agree his long-term future, he told The Times
"I went...to the BBC and said "Look, you
know me as a presenter, you know the way I work, the way I want to
work, I want to make a long-term commitment to encompass 2012."
They did not feel able to do that and it was easy to make a
decision [about my future] from that point on". In March 2006 Rider
made his coverage debut on ITV1
, appearing on a
preview show for the new season. Later that year he was chosen over
to be the main presenter of
ITV's coverage of the 2006 FIFA
and he has been the network's main football presenter
Following ITV's early withdrawal from its F1 contract, handing the
coverage back to the BBC, it was announced on 24th November 2008,
that Steve Rider would not be offered a contract to return in 2009.
Instead, the anchorman duties were given to Jake Humphrey
Rider has always maintained a low-key and professional style in
fronting major sporting events, in a similar way to his
predecessors and colleagues Harry
and Des Lynam
, but in marked
contrast to presenters who some feel try to steal the event's
spotlight. On his style, he was quoted as saying "[I'm not] that
bothered about the environment that should surround a presenter at
the beginning of a programme, of the "if we get you in this
location it will look as though you are close to the action" sort
of thing. That is meaningless for an audience, it is just a macho
thing for a production team. We used to have these discussions:
wouldn't it look great if you were standing by the 18th green as
putted out and you would say
"No, that would get in the way of everybody's enjoyment of the
He has twice won the Royal
's 'Sports Presenter of the Year' award,
including in 1994, and has won two BAFTA
His defection to ITV is one of the most high profile from BBC Sport
since Des Lynam
married Jane (Eydmann) in November 1985 in Camden.
The couple have two children, a son (born
November 1989) and daughter (born September 1992). The family live in
Maidenhead, and have a second home in East
Rider had objected to the building of affordable housing within
East Portlemouth, where property prices had soared due to wealthy
second home owners, leaving local people unable to afford to live
within their own communities. The objections were quashed by South
Hams council. In 2007, Rider's son's birthday party was disturbed
when a canister of CS gas
was set off.Rider
supports Charlton Athletic
F.C. He is patron of the south Buckinghamshire charity Headway South Bucks, which raises money for people
with head injury; and an active patron
for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
- Steve Rider: Presenter profile." BBC Sport-
Grandstand. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2006.
- "Rider opts for some driver practice."
The Times. 4 March
2006. Retrieved 2 April 2006.