FOOTBALL: Danny Baker and Danny Kelly reunited for BT Sport football show

June 3, 2013

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.

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TV: BT Sport to offer new channels to BT broadband customers at no extra cost

May 9, 2013

BT has promised to return televised sport to grassroots fans as it announces that five million BT broadband customers will able to watch the BT Sport channels free of charge when it launches on August 1.

This includes access to its three channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN – which will all be packed with world class sport, including Barclays Premier League football and Aviva Premiership rugby, with additional costs for high-definition services.

Sky TV customers with a BT broadband package will also be watch BT Sport for free, while non-BT internet customers with Sky will have to pay £12 per month to access the channels.

At present, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and Freesat customers will not be able to access to BT’s new sports channels via their television sets, although households with a BT broadband package can watch the channels online.

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TV: BT Sport announces on-air presentation line-up

May 9, 2013

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.

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FOOTBALL: BT Sport to screen FA WSL games

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has announced a major commitment to women’s football in an exciting new broadcast partnership with the FA.

The telecoms giant has acquired exclusive rights to screen selected live FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) matches, currently broadcast on ESPN.

In addition, BT is to become one of the founding partners of a new commercial programme for women’s football from 2014 to 2018, which will see the company sponsor the England Women’s senior team and the FA Women’s Cup.

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MOTORSPORT: BT Sport secures exclusive MotoGP rights from 2014 season

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has won exclusive rights to broadcast the MotoGP World Championship in a five-year deal starting from the 2014 season.

The agreement with promoter Dorna Sports will see MotoGP programming at the forefront of a quality line-up of top domestic and international sports on the new BT Sport channels, but means the championship loses free-to-air terrestrial coverage.

BT outbid strong competition from the BBC, the current rights holders, and pay-TV rivals Sky Sports.

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ACTION SPORTS: BT Sport joins forces with Red Bull Media

May 9, 2013

Alongside a raft of big announcements, BT confirms it has linked up with Red Bull Media House to bring a varied blend of extreme sports and lifestyle shows to BT Sport.

Red Bull Media House has a 25-year heritage in sports, culture and lifestyle programming and will produce more than 100 hours of high-quality content for BT Sport.

Just some of the sports programmes Red Bull Media will produce are four world series contest tours, including Red Bull Crashed Ice, one of numerous exclusives.

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MMA: BT Sport signs three-year UFC deal

May 7, 2013

BT Sport and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have signed a ground-breaking TV deal that will see more UK coverage of its events than ever before.

The three-year partnership will see all of UFC’s live and recorded programming broadcast exclusively on BT Sport in the UK and Ireland.

For the first time, this will include originally produced programming for UK audiences with exclusive access which will result in up to 400 hours of programming to the UFC’s loyal and burgeoning British fanbase.

BT will begin airing UFC programming from the summer with the premiere event live on August 3. 

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FOOTBALL: BT Sport signs up Fellaini and Sturridge

May 3, 2013

Everton star Marouane Fellaini and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge have teamed up to help launch BT’s new sports channels.

Fellaini, 25, and Sturridge, 23, will be rivals on the pitch for the Merseyside derby on Sunday but the duo are on the same team as BT Ambassadors and co-stars in TV ads for BT Sport.

Both players will also feature in BT Sport programmes as well as marketing and promotional materials for BT Sport, which are expected to roll out across various media outlets from May 6.

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FOOTBALL: Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs up for BT Sport

April 25, 2013

Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is to feature in a series of TV adverts for BT Sport, as well as appear as a regular guest on the channel’s football coverage from next season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, who has ten England caps, has signed up to become a BT Ambassador, alongside Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and England rugby legend and new BT pundit Lawrence Dallaglio.

‘The Ox’ will be one of the current players at the forefront of BT’s marketing campaigns to promote BT Sport ahead of its launch in July, with the channel set to screen 38 live Premier League games a season, including 18 of the top picks, for three years starting in August. 

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FOOTBALL: Gareth Bale to help promote BT Sport

March 26, 2013

Tottenham and Wales star Gareth Bale will be at the forefront of BT’s marketing campaigns to help promote its new sports channels that launch in the summer.

Currently one of the hottest names in the Premier League, the 23-year old will feature in an extensive TV advertising campaign to promote the launch of the new BT Sport channels – which will be the home of 38 exclusively live Premier League games from this August.

Bale will also regularly appear as a guest on various BT Sport programmes, including some punditry work on live games.

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RUGBY UNION: Lawrence Dallaglio joins BT Sport

March 12, 2013

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has signed with BT Sport to become its chief analyst on its rugby union coverage.

Dallaglio, 40, is the first major signing for BT Sport’s exclusive live coverage of up to 69 live rugby matches a season from the Aviva Premiership.

He will be a co-commentator for some live matches and studio pundit for other live clashes when BT Sport launches in the summer.

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BROADCASTING: BT acquires ESPN’s TV channels

February 25, 2013

BT Group and ESPN have agreed a multi-million pound deal that will see the telecoms giant acquire ESPN’s UK and Ireland TV channels.

Comprising of ESPN and ESPN America, BT will also take on ESPN’s current sports rights portfolio, including live FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League and German Bundesliga games.

The transaction, subject to regulatory clearance, is expected to be completed at the end of July after which BT will continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel which is expected to form part of the BT Sport TV package that will be launched this summer.

However, ESPN’s popular archive sports channel ESPN Classic is expected to cease transmission in the UK after seven years as it not included as part of the BT/ESPN deal.

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