Former tennis champion was the first woman to lead presentation for a crown jewels event on the BBC
Sue Barker is to step down from the BBC’s sport coverage after the 2022 Wimbledon tournament.
Barker has fronted the broadcaster’s coverage of the tournament for the past 30 years, in addition to Queens tennis, the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships, the London Marathon, the Grand National , Royal Ascot and Sports Personality of the Year.
Barker was a pioneer for women broadcasters, becoming the first woman to lead presentation for a crown jewel event on the BBC. This was after a hugely successful, Roland-Garros winning, tennis career. Her last match with the BBC will be the Wimbledon men’s final on 10 July.
Barker said: “What a wonderful time I’ve had working on some of the biggest sporting events around the world. I will miss it terribly but after 30 years I feel the time is right for me. I’ve worked with the best of the best.”
Tim Davie, BBC director general, added: “Sue Barker has been the face and voice of Wimbledon for three decades. Many of our viewers will not know of a summer in SW19 without her. She is a consummate professional, an outstanding presenter and a wonderful colleague, loved by current and former players, all of us at the BBC and audiences across the UK and beyond.
“Her contribution to tennis, the BBC, sports presenting and for blazing a trail for women in broadcasting cannot be overstated. We are looking forward to her leading our coverage, with all the style, warmth and knowledge she has displayed for the last 30 years, and we will say farewell with heavy hearts at the end of the tournament.”
Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, commented: “Sue is a national treasure and we’d have loved for her to continue in her role for many years to come. We do of course respect her decision and understand why, after 30 years of leading Wimbledon presentation, she’s ready to make this year her last. We thank Sue for the remarkable contribution she has made to sports broadcasting during what has been a truly extraordinary and illustrious career. A consummate professional who audiences will remember for her skill, authority and warmth on screen, Sue will be equally remembered with fondness and affection by colleagues who had the privilege to work alongside her, experiencing the same professionalism and warmth behind the scenes.”