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Gabby Logan: A woman inside sport

Gabby Logan
I want to do something that involves all sport
Gabby Logan
Inside Sport is the new sports news programme from the BBC.

It will bring you in-depth interviews and features from a wide range of sports, and a bit of fun on your Monday night.

The show launches on Monday 30 April, at 2305 BST on BBC ONE.

In addition, the programme will also be on our global channel BBC World and available to watch again on bbc.co.uk/insidesport.

Host Gabby Logan shares her hopes for what the show can do for sport and what she can do for the show.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM INSIDE SPORT?

Inside Sport is new, so it's not emulating anything. Our aim is to have a good balance of original journalism, features that other areas of television don't have the inclination to do, and interviews that have more depth about the individual.

Ricky Hatton
"Something to say": Ricky Hatton
People like boxer Ricky Hatton and footballer Owen Hargreaves to name two - people who are leading the way in their sports and representing their countries.

They have something to say and we can come from a slightly different angle at them, not just stick them in front of a sponsor's board for two minutes.

Inside Sport is good film-making: the craftsmanship, the great heritage of BBC film-makers, as well as debate in the studio with some interesting pundits.

I want to do something that involves all sports. I came to the BBC to do things outside of football, but this is great because I get to do everything.

If there are big stories in rugby and football we're not going to ignore them, but we will be able to dip into other sports, be it sailing or whatever.

WHICH INTERVIEWS STAND OUT FOR YOU?

I once interviewed then-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson in what was supposed to be a more relaxed environment.

But then, six minutes later, there was the tap at my shoulder telling me my time was up, irrespective of where we were at in the interview.

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne covered the 2002 World Cup with Gabby
I also spent a day with Gazza during the World Cup in 2002 - three hours sat in a hotel suite. In terms of really getting to the soul of someone, that was as naked and exposed as you'd ever want anybody to be.

I did a month on Five Live Breakfast and that was so interesting because I got to interview so many different people and not just from the world of sport.

This programme is more about feeling the sportsperson's day - a few shades of Louis Theroux perhaps - and living a little bit of their lives with them, inside their sport, inside their world.

You get those insights that you wouldn't get in that 'chair-opposite-chair' interview set-up.

HOW TOUGH IS SPORTS PRESENTING?

It's a competitive world, no doubt, but it's also quite tough for women in the sense that there's a lot of scrutiny.

I see Inside Sport as another new challenge for me as a journalist.

ARE THERE PARTICULAR BARRIERS TO WOMEN PARTICIPATING IN SPORT?

As somebody who trained every day for three or four hours when I was a gymnast I had to struggle to make it happen for myself.

GABBY LOGAN - INSIDE SPORT
1990 Commonwealth Games gymnast
1996-2006 Presented for Sky Sports and ITV
2000 Cosmopolitan Woman of Achievement (Media) Award
2001 Married Scottish rugby union winger Kenny Logan
2004 Co-hosted Sport Relief with Gary Lineker
2007 Presented Match of the Day and Five Live Breakfast
I wasn't chauffeur-driven to training every day and didn't get all the leotards I wanted. But I think that's the nature of being a sportsperson.

What I would like to see is an opportunity for young girls everywhere to do sport - but they have to put in a bit of work themselves.

Listen to someone like Kelly Holmes: You don't get two gold medals at the Olympics without sacrifice.

HOW HAS SPORTS JOURNALISM CHANGED? IS IT STILL A BOYS' CLUB?

There's much more opinion on everything. There's no longer such a thing as a straight match report.

I wouldn't say it's a 'boys' club' but it is male-dominated.

I'd be travelling back from Champions League games on the same plane as a lot of journalists and the really good ones - the ones that I really respected - you could have a good chat to.

They're very entertaining and engaging and they didn't exclude you. And then there were some that hunted in packs. They travelled together, they socialised together.

HOW DO YOU GET THE MEDIA TO COVER MINORITY SPORT WITH MORE CREDIBILITY?

We need the Beth Tweddles of this world to give gymnastics a boost and actually win medals on the world stage. Then newspapers can do a two-page feature on her.

That will happen, but they need people to write about. Then again, the sport needs its profile increasing to get people involved in the sport in the first place.

If I was coming from a minority sport, if I was the head of the British Fencing Association, I would make big in-roads with editors to get coverage for the personalities in my sport.



INSIDE SPORT ON THE BBC

MONDAY 12 MAY
2330 BST, BBC ONE

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