September 12, 1968: Sportsnight first broadcast on BBC TV

Sportsnight (1968-1997)

Sportsnight was a midweek BBC television sports programme that ran from 1968 until 1997. Shown on Tuesday nights until it moved to Wednesdays in 1973, the programme was not broadcast during the summer months and was generally on air from September until the following April. Its theme tune was composed by Tony Hatch.

Sportsnight was a successor to Sportsview which started in 1954. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award evolved as a spin-off from Sportsview, when the last show of its inception year featured the Sports Review of 1954. Frank Bough took over as main host in 1964 and Sportsview was cancelled/replaced by Sportsnight with Coleman from 1968.

The show broadcast many sports and acted as a midweek version of Grandstand, although almost all of its coverage was in highlights form, often featuring midweek football action, particularly international matches and FA Cup replays. In the final few years the Sportsnight brand was used when the BBC was showing live European football.


  • David Coleman (1968-1972)
  • Tony Gubba (1972-1975)
  • Harry Carpenter (1975-1985)
  • Steve Rider (1985-1991)
  • Des Lynam (1991-1997)

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