Yet MORE license fee waste! BBC blasted for 'irrelevant' Green Sport Awards

 BBC Green Sport Awards

The BBC is under fire

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 02/10/2023

- 16:23

Updated: 02/10/2023

- 17:26

One winner won an award for not attending the World Championships because she was worried about the impact of flying

The BBC has been slammed for splashing license fee cash on its latest woke project - the Green Sport Awards.

The corporation is set to hold a ceremony on Monday night, with the winners already revealed.

Pat Cummins

Australia star Pat Cummins has won the BBC's Green Athlete of the Year award


Tory MP Peter Bone has taken aim at the BBC blasting the awards as 'irrelevant', claiming the broadcaster is 'trying to push an agenda' on the people of Britain.

"It sounds like a very strange thing to do," he told GB News.

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"It sounds like they're trying to push an agenda and I'm not sure why the BBC should be doing that.

"It looks like the BBC are wasting more license fee money on something that's not relevant.

"Either you're the best sprinter or the best tennis player.

"I'm not sure what being green has to do with it?"

The BBC have confirmed Australia star Pat Cummins as their athlete of the year.

The 30-year-old has been recognised for public advoacy and for 'mobilising networks and resources for significant outcomes through his Cricket for Climate Foundation'.

Reacting to his prize, he said: "I'm hugely honoured to accept the BBC's Green Sport award for Athlete of the Year.

"I'm really proud of what we've been able to achieve here in Australia and hopefully we have more to come.

"I feel like there is hope, because there are a lot of solutions to move away from fossil fuels, or moving towards more renewable sources.

"To be able to show that we've made a small difference, we've made some good actions. That makes me really proud."

Innes FitzGerald has been crowned as young athlete of the year.

The 17-year-old has been recognised for declining the chance to compete in this year's World Championships in Australia.

This was because she was concerned about the impact of flying at a time when people are suffering the effects of climate change.

FitzGerald also uses her platform to raise awareness of climate change, too.

And after winning the award she said: "It's a real privilege to be receiving this award.

"I never set out to achieve awards from this.

"I just wanted to raise awareness about climate-related issues within the athletics and sporting world and try to get up-and-coming athletes to think about what they're doing and their impacts on the climate.

"It's really empowering when you get messages from other people saying 'I'm really grateful for what you've done' or 'I'm now changing this in my life'.

"It gives me confidence that what I'm doing is making a difference."


Peter Bone

Conservative MP Peter Bone has criticised the BBC for hosting a Green Sport Awards ceremony


Chris Dickerson has won the Evergreen Athlete Award, with Forest Green Rovers Football Club winning Elite Organisation of the Year as well.

Additional reporting from Millie Cooke.

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