The home of Sports Personality on BBC Sport online. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony will be held at Liverpool's Echo Arena. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year is an awards ceremony that takes place annually in December. Devised by Paul Fox in , it originally consisted of First awarded : . BBC SPOTY – full breakdown of public voting for strong shortlist. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was open to the public. Van Niekerk cruises into m semi-finals. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award is the main award of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, which takes place each December. Retrieved 27 May Retrieved 13 January The ceremony introduced a further three regular awards: Archived from the original on 4 February The recipient must either be British or reside and play a significant amount of their sport in the United Kingdom. Clips See all clips from BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The most recent award winner is tennis player Andy Murray , who won in Wilkinson wins BBC award". Retrieved 19 December Spoty awards a rare break as Lizzie Armitstead targets Rio Olympics. In , angler Bob Nudd received the most votes following a campaign in the Angling Times. Simon Grayson welcomes 'small steps' forward as reign starts with a point. BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. The Independent on Sunday.