BT Sport has added new programmes and presenters to its network of channels and revealed more details about its state of the art studios.
New programmes include BT Sport Live, a nightly sports news, information and debate show, with outspoken former football manager Neil Warnock as a contributor. Tuesday and Sunday nights will feature BT Sport Films, which sets out to become the home for the stories behind the sports, personalities and issues that fascinate sports fans. Sunday night will be European football night with the top expert on European football, James Richardson. Rugby fans should tune in on Wednesday nights for Rugby Tonight, hosted by Matt Dawson, Craig Doyle, Martin Bayfield and Sarra Elgan. Additionally, BTSP (BT Sports Panel) is confirmed as the name of Tim Lovejoy’s new Saturday morning show of predictions, previews, reviews and laughs.
As well as Neil Warnock, BT Sport has confirmed Gary McAllister, the former Scotland captain, Motherwell, Leeds United and Liverpool midfielder will join the team as co-commentator on its Scottish football coverage and other top flight football.
Neil Warnock said: “I’m used to starting a new season in the dugout so this is going to be a very different year for me. I’m proud to be joining the BT Sport team and excited by their vision for Football. I think everyone knows that I won’t sit on the fence when it comes to opinions so it should be an interesting season and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
BT Sport’s live sport coverage will also showcase a specially-built studio facility allowing football, rugby and other sports to be demonstrated on a first-of-its-kind interactive
Grant Best, BT Sport’s EMMY award winning, senior executive channel producer, said: “BT Sport is absolutely dedicated to giving fans a fresh, authoritative and innovative approach to the sports they love. Our exciting line-up of expert presenters and programmes from BT Sport’s state of the art studios will re-imagine the way fans watch, discuss, debate and absorb sport.”
BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays English Premier League, including 18 of the “top picks” from August 2013 for three seasons. The channels will also show live FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, top tier live football from Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Australia and the USA, plus action from the FA Women’s Super League and 30 live matches from the Football Conference. BT Sport is free with BT broadband and is available via the Sky Digital Satellite Platform, BT TV with Infinity and online at btsport.com or via the BT Sport app.