BBC documentaries explore sexism, retirement and Barry Hearn

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan will interview some of the biggest names in sport

BBC Sport has commissioned three independent production companies from across the North of England to produce sport documentaries for the BBC.

They will feature former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, sports promoter Barry Hearn and BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan.

The programmes are part of the series of BBC North Kicker Fund initiatives, which invests in content made by companies from across the North of England.

To date, BBC North has invested more than £500,000 in content for audiences online and on radio through @North and most recently announced a second year of funding for BBC Radio 5 live.

The successful submissions for the Sport North Kicker Fund came from:

PDI Media: Commissioned to produce a documentary on flamboyant sports promoter Barry Hearn as part of the build-up to the World Snooker Championships being aired on the BBC next year.

Delatre Media: Commissioned to produce an investigative documentary around the issue of sexism in football. The programme is to be presented by Gabby Logan and will air on BBC One.

North Star Media: Will collaborate with BBC Sport in the production of a thought-provoking documentary with former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan. He will interview some of the biggest names in sport and explore how they come to terms with retirement and cope with life after sport at the top level.

Barbara Slater, the Director of BBC Sport, said: "We were delighted with the high calibre and number of documentary ideas that were submitted as part of the development process.

"The winning submissions are innovative and insightful programming concepts and I look forward to seeing the final product on screen in the near future. The Sport North Kicker Fund further demonstrates the BBC's support for engaging with creative talent in the North of England."

Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, added: "These three commissions demonstrate that there is a talented production base here in the North of England who are taking a fresh look at sports documentary. These three programmes will add to the rich mix of the BBC's sports coverage in 2012."

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