Charlotte Green chosen as first female voice of BBC football results
A further bastion of male dominance has fallen after the BBC announced that Charlotte Green will become the first female voice to read the classified football results at 5pm on Saturday afternoons.
The former Radio 4 presenter will replace James Alexander Gordon, 77, who announced his retirement last month following throat surgery after nearly 40 years calling the scores.
Green will read the results as part of BBC 5 Live’s Sports Report programme, at 5pm every Saturday afternoon. She will also read the results to listeners across the world on the BBC World Service.
The appointment marks a surprise comeback for Green, 57, who took voluntary redundancy earlier this year, saying: “The BBC’s days of employing people who sound like me are more or less over.”
Once voted the most attractive female voice on national radio, Green must betray no evidence of her stated allegiance to Tottenham Hotspur when reading the scores.
Ms Green said: “I'm delighted to be offered this opportunity as I've been a football fan all my life. In fact as a six year old I used to sit at the dining room table reading the football scores out loud from the newspaper, so this really is a dream come true. It is a huge honour to take over from James Alexander Gordon.”
Richard Burgess, Head of BBC Radio Sport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Charlotte to 5 live and we are really looking forward to hearing her distinctive voice reading the classifieds, made so famous by James Alexander Gordon. She is a broadcaster of true calibre and I know she will bring clarity and warmth to the role.”
Green’s appointment will appease Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, who last month criticised the BBC over its “sexist” sports coverage and her shadow, Harriet Harman, who has urged the corporation to find more prominent broadcasting roles for women over 50.
Gordon decided that his voice was no longer strong enough to read the results after having his larynx removed in a cancer operation.
Men who refuse to accept their football results read by a woman will have to switch to Final Score, BBC1’s Saturday afternoon round-up. The scores are read by Mike West, who took over from veteran Tim Gudgin after his retirement two years ago.
Women are now breaking through BBC Sport’s football “grass ceiling”. Gabby Logan presented Final Score for three seasons and has covered for Gary Lineker on Match of the Day. Celina Hinchcliffe became the first woman to present an episode of the flagship highlights programme in 2005 but she has since defected to Sky Sports.
Jacqui Oatley became the first female football commentator on Match of the Day in 2007.
Test Match Special cricket reporter Kevin Howells, who concentrates on the county game, will read the Sports Report classifieds for the first weeks of the new season, which started last Saturday.
Charlotte Green – CV
Education: University of Kent - First-class BA in English and American Literature
1978 - Joins BBC as a studio manager in at the World Service. Reads out letters for PM and You and Yours. Becomes continuity announcer.
1998 - Begins 25 year news-reading stint on Radio 4 Today, PM programme and bulletins.
2005 - Joins Chris Evans’s Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2 to read phone numbers and announcements.
2008 - “Corpsing queen” collapses in mirth on Today after an item featuring the oldest known recording of the human voice.
January 2013 – Takes voluntary redundancy from Radio 4, and the BBC after 35 years, saying corporation won’t employ “posh” voices any more.
March – Joins Classic FM to present weekly Sunday afternoon show. Named radio broadcaster of the year at the 2013 Broadcasting Press Guild awards. The judges said her voice was “synonymous with Radio 4”.
August - BBC announces Green will read football results on Radio 5 Live from 28th September, taking over from James Alexander Gordon.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins
Sherlock series 4: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have to be 'persuaded' to return, says Steven Moffat
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
A victory for gender equality on the high seas
Oldest footage of London landmarks released
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election