Sue began her career as a professional tennis player and became the golden girl of British tennis, before moving to the USA in 1973. In 1976 she won the French Open Championship, her only Grand Slam title. She was at one point ranked three in the world. However, following recurring injuries and loss of form, she retired in 1985, and after a short hiatus began her broadcasting career in Australia, before the BBC recognised her ability. In 2000 she was awarded the MBE for services to tennis and broadcasting.
Sue became the UK’s leading female sports presenter.She established herself on the BBC as a key figure in the sports team, fronting such television coverage as The Olympics, Wimbledon and Grandstand. She has also hosted the Grand National (1996–2006), the Derby (2001–2007), Racing at Ascot and Longchamp (1995–1999), Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the Great North Run, World Athletics Championships and European Athletics Championships (1999–2009), BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1994-2012), Commonwealth Games (1994-2010) and Winter Olympics (1994-2010). In June 1999, she co-presented coverage of HRH Prince Edward’s wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones at Windsor alongside Michael Buerk. Barker had introduced Rhys-Jones to Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son at a charity function a few years earlier. In 2008, Barker and the BBC extended her contract to cover the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sue is also the host presenter of the iconic and ever-popular sports quiz, A Question of Sport. Since her arrival and changes to the format the programme has grown from less than 4 million viewers to a consistent figure of nearly 10 million.
Away from television, Sue is in great demand as a Master of Ceremonies/ host for corporate events and awards ceremonies. Her experience in front of the camera and in interviews brings a professionalism to any event.
Sue’s bubbly personality and professionalism has endeared her to the British public.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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