BBC reviews short list process for sporting award

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By John Glenday, Reporter

December 1, 2011 | 1 min read

The BBC has announced that it is to change its procedures for shortlisting candidates for its Sports Persoanlity of the Year Award after facing a barrage of criticism over this year’s all male list.

At present a panel of 27 sport editors from UK newspapers and magazines compile the shortlist but that process has been called into question after all candidates this year ended up being men.

In a statement a BBC spokesperson said: We stand by the current process but have committed to take on board what happened this year.

"We will review the shortlisting process for next year's show."

The likelihood of any actual change remains doubtful however with the BBC stating: "Having considered a wide range of alternative mechanisms, we remain convinced that the current system is fair, independent and robust."

Olympic gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington (who missed out on a place by one vote) told BBC Sport: "I think they're rightly deserved - the guys that are in there. Hopefully some girls can be in there next year and we can have a good, successful year."

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