BT Sport has revealed its full line-up of presenters, analysts, commentators and reporters ahead the network’s launch this summer.
Among the BT team are some big name signings from the worlds of football, rugby union and tennis, plus brief details of two new regular sports magazine shows presented by Clare Balding and Tim Lovejoy.
Alongside a raft of major announcements made at BT Sport’s new headquarters on the Olympic Park, the channel’s advertising campaign hits television screens which reveasl the exciting and accessible personality of its new channels.
BT Sport has also set its launch date – Thursday, August 1, 2013.
The advertising campaign aims to illustrate BT Sport’s impressive content offering and showcase a wide cast of sporting talent through a series of spectacular set pieces.
Main presenter Jake Humphrey, who commented “BT Sport is the biggest thing to happen to sport on television in the UK for 20 years”, guides viewers through the promo on a journey that shows a range of top sporting stars in action (see below).
BT Sport aims to bring televised sport back to the people with its ambitious plans to take on new arch rivals BSkyB.
Executives have promised to make BT’s approach to live sport “more fun, inclusive and interactive”.
Commenting on the newly formed BT Sport presentation team, Grant Best, senior executive channel producer, BT Sport said, “We are delighted to unveil today’s strong line-up of real sporting experts who will keep our viewers informed and seriously entertained.”
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Full details of the new BT Sport on-air team below…
BT Sport have assembled a formidable presentation team comprising of well-known faces and familiar footballing names that will provide experts opinion and analysis.
Well known sports broadcaster Jake Humphrey will be the anchor of BT Sport’s 38 exclusively live Barclays Premier League football matches.
Two-time Champions League winners Owen Hargreaves and Steve McManaman will be joined by former England number one goalkeeper David James, all highly qualified to give the unique insight to BT Sport viewers.
Darke has covered all 21 seasons of the Barclays Premier League as well as Champions League finals and five World Cups for various broadcasters, mainly Sky Sports and more recently with ESPN in the United States.
Fletcher joins BT Sport after becoming one of the most familiar voices on BBC Radio 5 Live, through his acclaimed commentaries on Premier League, European Championships and World Cup games.
Joining them will be former Liverpool and England legend Michael Owen, who will retire after the 2012-2013 season and will take up the key role of co-commentator.
England and Manchester United superstar Rio Ferdinand will also play a big part in BT Sport’s football coverage.
Ferdinand joins the BT Sport line-up as an interviewer, programme-maker and football expert.
In addition, BT intends to innovate by introducing Premier League referee Mark Halsey to a brand new role in the commentary team.
Halsey has refereed in the Premier League since 1999, officiating over some of the biggest games.
Established sports broadcaster Ray Stubbs will also join as chief football reporter, bringing a wealth of experience, having reported on a variety of major sporting events over the years for the BBC and ESPN.
Accomplished Daily Mail sports journalist and sports broadcaster Des Kelly joins BT Sport to present a new sports magazine programme, ‘Life’s a Pitch’.
Kelly is a past winner of the UK Sports Columnist of the Year award.
BT will screen 38 Barclays Premier League games, alongside live top tier matches from Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France, Brasileiro in Brazil and Major League Soccer in the USA.
The first televised Premier League match of the 2013/14 season will be broadcast on BT Sport.
In addition, BT’s acquisition of ESPN’s TV channels business will also bring the rights to show live games for the FA Cup, the German Bundesliga, Scottish Premier League and Europa League, which will be broadcast on ESPN, part of the three channel BT Sport line-up.
Coverage will be produced by renowned sports production company Sunset+Vine.
BT Sport will show exclusive coverage of up to 69 live rugby union games from the Aviva Premiership, as well as French Top 14 matches.
Coverage will be presented by established broadcaster Craig Doyle.
He will be joined by former England captain and lead rugby expert Lawrence Dallaglio.
BT Sport has also signed a deal with the WTA to show matches from 21 global women’s tennis tournaments, including the end-of-season WTA Championships.
TV and radio personality Lynsey Hipgrave will anchor coverage alongside one of the most distinguished and accomplished athletes in this history of women’s sport.
The greatest female tennis player of all time Martina Navratilova has been signed up as BT’s chief tennis expert.
BT has also signed up British tennis player Heather Watson to star in the TV advertising campaign.
Both Nick Mullins and Alastair Eykyn will also commentate on BT’s WTA tennis coverage alongside their rugby commitments.
Two seperate entertainment shows have been announced so far on BT Sport, which will be presented by two seasoned broadcasters in their chosen fields.
BAFTA award-winning broadcaster Clare Balding will present and co-produce a weekly sports magazine chat show for BT Sport.
It will feature interviews with major sporting names and discussion of big sporting issues.
The show will also shine a spotlight on women’s sport.
Meanwhile Tim Lovejoy will present a weekend sports magazine programme along with guest co-presenters.
BT Sport has signed up several ambassadors who will feature in TV ads and marketing campaigns, as well as make regular guest appearances on the new channels.
Tottenham and Wales star Gareth Bale will be at the forefront of BT’s marketing campaign.
As already confirmed, Rio Ferdinand will join as an interviewer, programme-maker and football expert.
Interested customers can order BT Sport from May 10 by calling 0800 400 440.
Or you can register your interest, plus find out further helpful information via the new BT Sport website – btsport.com.