Celebrated sports broadcasters Danny Baker and Danny Kelly will reform their on-off broadcasting partnership to front a lively Friday night football show on the new BT Sport channels.
The duo have worked together on similar shows over the past two decades, most famously on BBC Radio 5 Live, and they will be reunited for a live interactive football show entitled ‘Baker and Kelly’s Vaguely Sporting Phone-Out’.
It will run on Friday evenings for 40 weeks throughout the 2013-2014 season on BT Sport, with the first show airing on August 16, the day before the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season kicks off.
BT Sport describes the show as a “weekly hour of original unpredictable, football-themed entertainment with audience participation on phones, texts, email and social media”.
The series will be co-produced by BT Sport and Campbell Davison Media, the company behind Danny Baker’s multi award-winning BBC Radio 5live Show on Saturday mornings, and will be broadcast live from the new state-of-the-art BT Sport studios located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
A renowned broadcaster and writer for more than 25 years, Danny Baker, who presented the original BBC 606 football phone-in, said: “We intend to make all other twisted opinion shows seem as dull as egg eating contests.
“No wait, egg eating contests are pretty cool aren’t they? Like in Cool Hand Luke who, lest we forget, before he ate the eggs was just called Hand Luke.
“So just as I said, but forget the egg eating contest bit. Instead think ‘all other football opinion shows” That’s it. Baker & Kelly: The Best At All That Stuff. Sometimes right. Sometimes wrong. Always certain.”
Journalist, TV presenter and TalkSPORT host Danny Kelly said: “Baker! Kelly! Back! Hurrah! Thrilled! Let torches be lit in the high places of the land and bunting be flown from every spire!
“Seriously, we’re delighted to have another crack at whatever it is that we do.
“Only BT Sport could combine the strategic vision, creative drive and financial muscle to make this happen. It’s even possible they won’t regret it.”
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Danny Baker and Danny Kelly are two of the country’s best-known and admired football hosts.
“Their off the wall observations and passionate, humorous and engaging style of debate will be a huge hit with our viewers as we try to build some fantastic and fun programmes around the incredible live rights we have secured.”
Producer Clare Davison said: “Campbell Davison Media are delighted to be working with BT Sport to referee the explosive talents of Baker & Kelly on the weekend TV schedule.
“Unique entertainment for all football supporters, many of whom, we understand, own actual phones and will want to take part.”
Danny Baker will continue to host his Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 5 live alongside his new BT Sport show.
The broadcaster recently wrote and presented two TV series for BBC Four, “Danny Baker’s Great Album Showdown” and “Brushing up on….”. His autobiography “Going to Sea in A Sieve” is out in paperback.
Danny Kelly fronts “Kick Off” on TalkSPORT and the sports biography chat show “My Sporting Life”, which he will also continue to host alongside his BT Sport commitments.
A former editor of the New Musical Express, Kelly has also presented live NFL coverage on Channel 4 and co-authored the book “Classic Football Debates Settled Once and For All” with Baker.
Baker and Kelly’s show is the fourth major sports show to be confirmed by BT Sport as the network looks to build a collection of magazine programmes to support its live sports coverage.
It has signed up BAFTA award-winning presenter Clare Balding to front her own weekly chat show, featuring a variety of sporting guests with a particular focus on women’s sport.
Acclaimed sports journalist Des Kelly, who wrote his final column for the Daily Mail at the weekend after almost a decade at the newspaper, will present a football discussion show four nights a week during the season, while former Soccer AM presenter Tim Lovejoy hosts a new Saturday morning show.
BT Sport launches on August 1 and will show 38 live and exclusive football matches from the Barclays Premier League, including 18 of the ‘top picks’ from August 2013 for three seasons.
The channels will also show live FA Cup, Europa League and Scottish Premier League matches, as well as top tier live football from Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Australia and the USA, plus action from the FA Women’s Super League.