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Gabby Logan (born 24 April 1973) is a British presenter and a former Wales international gymnast who is best known for her presenting roles with BBC Sport and ITV[2]

In 2005, she began hosting Final Score for BBC Sport until she presented her final show in 2013. She has also presented a variety of live sports events for the BBC, including a revived episode of Superstars in December 2012[3] and since 2013, she has co-hosted Sports Personality of the Year for the channel.

Between 2011 and 2012, Gabby presented a number of daytime shows for Channel 5 including The Wright Stuff Extra which was later renamed Live with Gabby Logan.[4]

Since 2013, she has co-hosted the ITV celebrity diving show Splash! alongside Vernon Kay and Olympic diver Tom Daley. The show is currently in its second series, which began airing in January 2014.

In 2013, Logan hosted the BBC One comedy panel show I Love My Country. Team captains Micky Flanagan and Frank Skinner also appeared throughout the series.[citation needed]

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Early life[edit]Edit

Logan was born to former Welsh international footballer and manager Terry Yorath and his wife Christine in Leeds when Yorath was playing for Leeds United. Due to her father's career, Logan had to move around much in her youth, as her father played for a number of British teams and Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps.[5] She attended Bishop Ullathorne RC School in CoventryCardinal Heenan High School and Notre Dame Sixth Form College in Leeds and read Law at the College of St Hild and St BedeDurham.

Logan played netball for the school and at university, competed at high jump, but the peak of her sporting career was when she gained eighth place in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games inAuckland.[6] She had to retire from gymnastics aged 17 due to sciatica.

Logan became interested in football during her regular attendance of her father's matches, to which her mother went out of a 'sense of duty'.[5] On 11 May 1985, she was in the crowd at Valley Parade when the Bradford City stadium firehappened. She, along with her brother and sister, had left the stand only moments before the fire took hold and watched the disaster taking place.[7]

She was chosen as the Leeds Rose for the 1991 Rose of Tralee competition.[8]

She runs and plays golf and is a supporter of Newcastle United[9] stretching back to her time at Durham University, where her then boyfriend was a childhood fan. She remembers her first match as Newcastle's 1-0 Premier Leaguevictory over Everton on 25 August 1993[10] and made visits by air or rail to St. James' Park throughout the 1990s and early 2000s,[9] including Newcastle's 5-0 win over Manchester United on 20 October 1996.[10]

Early career[edit]Edit

After university, she began presenting on Metro Radio in Newcastle, from where she was offered a job as a presenter on Sky Sports in 1996, working there until 1998, when she began working at ITV.[5]

Television[edit]Edit

BBC[edit]Edit

In October 2006, the Daily Mirror reported that the BBC was interested in signing her up for their sports coverage, following her fall from favour at ITV. On 19 December 2006 it was announced that Logan had quit ITV, in favour of a move to the BBC in a three year deal.[11]

Logan fronted Inside Sport a sports news show, which covered live sport events.

Logan started presenting on BBC Sport on 27 January 2007, presenting the FA Cup fourth round tie between Luton Town and Blackburn Rovers.

Logan also made a few appearances on Match of the Day, covering for Gary Lineker. However contrary to popular belief, she was not the first female presenter of Match of the Day, BBC's flagship football show. This honour went to Celina Hinchcliffe in 2005. However Hinchcliffe is now predominantly seen presenting the sports news during BBC News bulletins, having presented the BBC's women's football coverage for a few years.

Following her switch to the BBC in 2007, she agreed to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in the same year. One of her opponents for the competition was her husband, Kenny Logan. Kenny was paired with professional dancer Ola Jordan and Gabby was partnered with Ola's husband James Jordan. Gabby was voted out in week 4.[12]

In summer 2008 she was one of the anchor presenters for the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She was the main presenter for the evening primetime coverage. In 2009 she took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about her Welsh family history.[13]

In July 2009, it was announced that Logan would be the new host of Score results service, including Final Score, from the beginning of the 2009/10 football season, after the departure of Ray Stubbs to ESPN's Premier League coverage. She presented the programme for four seasons before being replaced by Jason Mohammad.

In 2009, 2010 and 2013, Gabby was a stand-in presenter on the nightly magazine programme The One Show on BBC One.

In December 2011, Logan was announced as part of the BBC television presenter line-up for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She presented the post-BBC News at Ten to midnight daily round-up and review show from the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, called Olympics Tonight.[14]

In July 2013, Logan hosted live coverage of the 2013 Aquatics World Championships.[15] In August, Gabby also presented live coverage of the 2013 Athletics World Championships from Moscow. She covered the afternoon and evening sessions.[16]

In August 2013, Gabby began hosting the BBC One comedy panel series I Love My Country, alongside team captains Micky Flanagan and Frank Skinner. The show aired early on Saturday evenings, however on 25 October 2013, it was announced that I Love My Country had been axed after the show had attracted largely negative press reviews and struggled in viewing figures.[17]

In September 2013, it was announced by the BBC that beginning in 2013 Logan would replace Sue Barker as the main presenter for the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[18]

On 21 March 2014, Gabby will co-host Sport Relief telethon appeal, alongside Gary LinekerClaudia WinklemanJack Whitehall and Clare Balding.

Channel 5[edit]Edit

While still presenting the sports results shows for BBC One on Saturdays, in June 2011, Logan joined Channel 5 to present a discussion and magazine show following on from The Wright Stuff at 11:10am each weekday initially calledThe Wright Stuff Extra, and later renamed as Live with Gabby.[19] On 5 April 2012, the show tweeted to confirm that Logan was leaving the programme.[20]

ITV[edit]Edit

Logan stepped in for Melanie Sykes on 6 July 2004 when she went on maternity leave partway through the third series of the ITV game show The Vault.

Logan's career came to notice when she fronted On the Ball for ITV. Logan was one of a small number of female sports presenters to have made the transition to terrestrial television.[5] After ITV lost the terrestrial rights to the Premier League, she has presented ITV's UEFA Champions League football coverage, including the 2005 and 2006 finals, between A.C. Milan and Liverpool, and Arsenal and Barcelona, respectively. She has presented and/or appeared on other programmes, such as ITV's 2005 Super Bowl coverage,They Think It's All Over and Stars in Their Eyes.

After the birth of her twins and the return of Steve Rider to ITV, she was given a co-host role. This included ITV's coverage of the 2006 World Cup, on which she later commented: "I interviewed David Beckham, but I didn't see a single game. It dented my confidence and made me question my abilities. If you've got ambition and you want to do well, it's obviously disappointing."[21]

In August 2006 when Champions League returned to ITV, Logan was not present and it was announced that Rider would front with Jim Rosenthal as deputy. Under the ITV team section of the ITV football website, it announced that Logan would front ITV's UEFA Cup coverage.

In September 2006, it was announced that ITV had banned Logan from competing in the fourth series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, which began on 7 October 2006 (though she did appear in the studio audience at least once). She was told that she would appear in rival ITV series Dancing on Ice, which returned on 13 January 2007, but refused to take part.[22]

Since 5 January 2013, Logan has co-hosted the celebrity diving show Splash! on ITV, alongside Vernon Kay and Olympic diver Tom Daley. The show returned for a second series on 4 January 2014.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Year Title Channel Role Notes
1998-99 On the Ball ITV Presenter
2004 The Vault Presenter
2005-13 Final Score BBC One Presenter
2007 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant
2007-?? Inside Sport Presenter
2009-10, 2013 The One Show Stand-in Presenter
2010— A League of Their Own Sky1 Regular Panellist
2011-12 The Wright Stuff Extra Channel 5 Presenter Later renamed Live with Gabby Logan
2012— Match of the Day BBC One Presenter Stand-in Presenter
2012 Superstars Presenter One-off episode
New Year Live Presenter Succeeded Jake Humphrey
2013— Splash! (UK TV series) ITV Co-Presenter With Vernon Kay
BBC Sports Personality of the Year BBC One Co-Presenter
2013 I Love My Country Presenter
2014 Sport Relief Co-Presenter

Guest appearances[edit]Edit

Radio[edit]Edit

Logan has worked on BBC Radio 5 Live, where she presented a lunchtime show from January 2010. Her previous Sunday morning was taken over by Kate Silverton. On 20 October 2009, it was announced that Logan would be leaving her Sunday morning slot on BBC Radio 5 Live, and would be starting a new weekday show on the station from 12.00-noon to 2.00-pm (Monday - Friday) which began on 11 January 2010.[citation needed]

In light of the move of BBC Radio 5 Live from London to MediaCityUK in Salford, Logan left her weekday show in April 2011 due to other BBC work and family commitments, replaced by Shelagh Fogarty.

On 12 April 2009 she presented the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of St John's Catholic School for the Deaf.[23][24]

Other work[edit]Edit

[1][2]Gabby Logan hosting the London Olympic Stadium opening ceremony.

In December 2012, Logan was appointed as a non-executive director of Perform Group.[25]

She writes regularly for The Times newspaper.

Awards and recognition[edit]Edit

Logan has won "Sports Presenter of the Year" three times at the TRIC Awards in 2000,[26] 2002[27] and in 2004.[28] She was also nominated a further three times in 2007, 2008 and in 2010.[29][30][31] In March 2012, Logan won the Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year Award.[32] Logan received a longlist nomination for Most Popular Entertainment Presenter at the 2014 National Television Awards.[33]

Upon becoming one of the first female sports anchors to break into terrestrial television in the 1990s, Logan has received praise from many of her fellow professionals such as; Terry Venables,Ally McCoist and Des Lynam.[34] Being described as a remarkably natural broadcaster, combined with her easy style and ability to banter with whatever ex-pro who is she working alongside has made a hugely popular figure on the box.[35][36]

When Logan was in the running to replace Des Lynam to front ITV's football hightlights show The Premiership, fellow sports presenter Jimmy Hill said of Logan, "'I've known Gabby for many years and am pleased to see how well she is doing. She's very intelligent and pretty and, like Des, has the right sort of personality for a successful presenter".[37]

Logan along with Clare Balding, received continuous praise for their commentary during the coverage 2012 Summer Olympics.[38] Logan was referred to as "poised, warm and groomed".[39]Politician Boris Johnson praised Logan's contribution during the BBC's coverage of the London Games, also saying that his favourite part of coverage was the late night summary with Gabby Logan.[40]

Personal life[edit]Edit

In 1992 her 15-year-old brother Daniel collapsed and died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.[41] Logan has actively appealed for the Daniel Yorath Appeal, which raises funds for the treatment and detection of the condition.[42]

Her brother Jordan Yorath (born 1986) played football for England Universities in 2008 whilst in the final year of his planning and development surveying degree at Northumbria University. Jordan was previously at Sheffield Wednesday andHalifax Town as a young professional and is currently registered to Wakefield F.C.. Her sister, Louise (born 1974), is a performer in the Cirque Du Soleil's Zumanity, the resident cabaret-style show at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.[43]

Logan married the former Scotland international rugby union player Kenny Logan on 19 July 2001. She has said that meeting her husband was a motivation for beginning to exercise regularly again.[41] The couple live in Kew, south west London.[44]

After undergoing IVF treatment, on 28 July 2005 Logan gave birth to twins. McKerrow is the maiden name of Kenny's mother, Elizabeth.

In June 2012 she was named by The Times newspaper as one of several people to have put money into a film and tax avoidance scheme.[45][46]

In January 2013, Logan was named the first Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.[47]

Charity[edit]Edit

Logan is currently a patron of The Disabilities TrustThe Prince's TrustSt John's Catholic School for the Deaf and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She and her husband Kenny Logan are past presidents of the children's charitySparks[48]

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