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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FOOTBALL: Barclays Premier League 2012/13 – Final day live on Sky Sports

May 15, 2013

Sky Sports will focus on the race for fourth place on the final day of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season on Sunday, May 19.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fight for the last remaining qualification spot for next season’s UEFA Champions League as they both face north-east opposition in Newcastle United and Sunderland respectively.

All 10 final day Premier League games kick-off simultaneously at 4.00pm with Sky Sports 1 showing Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle from 3pm while Tottenham’s home clash against Sunderland on Sky Sports 2 from 3.55pm.

Goal flashes, score updates and up-to-the-minute analysis of the final day games will be shown on Gillette Soccer Special (Sky Sports News) and Final Score (BBC Two), while BBC One’s Match of the Day will have comprehensive highlights of all 10 games at 10.25pm.

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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: Rio Ferdinand signs for BT Sport

May 9, 2013

Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has joined the fledgling BT Sport on a three-year deal as an interviewer, programme-maker and football pundit.

Ferdinand, 34, who has played 81 times so far for England, has agreed to carry out various roles for BT Sport, including making football and lifestyle programmes, as well as act as a expert pundit on BT’s football coverage from the 2013/14 season. 

The Manchester United centre-half, who was recently named in the PFA Team of the Year 2012-13 in a poll of his fellow professionals, will also act as a BT Ambassador as the company prepares to launch two new sports channels this summer.

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FOOTBALL: Fergie Time – BBC One to air Football Focus special

May 8, 2013

As British football’s most successful manager steps down after 26 years in charge at Manchester United, BBC Sport pays tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson in a Football Focus special. 

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker introduces ‘Fergie Time’, a special tribute programme tonight (May 8) on BBC One at 10.35pm that will look back at Ferguson’s extraordinary managerial career with the red devils, where the 71-year-old amassed a sensational 38 trophies during his lengthy spell in charge.

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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: Jamie Carragher joins Sky Sports

April 30, 2013

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will join the Sky Sports punditry team for the 2013/14 season.

The 35-year-old, who will retire from playing at the end of the current campaign, will work alongside established Sky pundits Gary Neville, Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Alan Smith next term.

Carragher has spent his entire career at Liverpool, racking up over 730 appearances and winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

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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: Sky Sports and ESPN announce live Premier League games for May

April 9, 2013

Sky Sports and ESPN have announced their final set of live Barclays Premier League fixtures for the 2012/2013 season as another enthralling campaign reaches its climax in May.

Six games will be shown on Sky Sports during the closing days of the season, including key clashes for sides at both ends of the table.

ESPN will broadcast its final live Premier League game on Saturday, April 4, featuring relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers against Arsenal at Loftus Road.

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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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FOOTBALL: FA Cup 2012/13 – Semi Final Draw – Live on ITV

March 7, 2013

The last FA Cup draw of the 2012/13 season takes place at Wembley Stadium this Sunday, March 10, as the four remaining teams find out who they will face in the Semi Finals.

Graeme Le Saux and Edgar Davids will be on hand at the national stadium to make the FA Cup Semi-Final draw live on ITV and ITV HD at approximately 6.35pm.

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FOOTBALL: Capital One Cup Final 2013 – Bradford City v Swansea City – Live on Sky Sports

February 18, 2013

It’s been the most exciting and unpredictable League Cup competition in recent memory and two clubs unaccustomed to reaching major finals go head-to-head at Wembley in this Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.

Bradford City are only the second club from the fourth tier of English football to make the final and the Bantams are on the brink of completing one of the most sensational stories in British footballing history.

They meet Premier League outfit Swansea City who are also looking to make history by lifting their first ever major trophy.

Sky Sports and Sky 3D will show the first major cup final of the season exclusively live from Wembley Stadium, with extended free-to-air highlights on BBC One in the evening.

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