BT SPORT presenter Jake Humphrey has blasted reports he’s been dropped as the main Premier League anchor on the station as “misleading nonsense”.
Several media reports have suggested Humphrey was axed from the main role he has held since BT Sport’s launch.
The stories came out as Lynsey Hipgrave, who has stood in for Humphrey and hosted BT’s Europa League coverage has confirmed she’ll be leading the broadcaster’s Premier League coverage starting with Saturday’s Fulham v Liverpool 12.30pm match.
“After a weekend of dreams coming true for women in football the dreams of a mad Geordie lass have also come true…I couldn’t be any prouder to be leading BT Sport’s Premier League coverage this season,” she tweeted.
Humphrey responded saying Hipgrave would be “amazing” in the role saying he was “delighted” for her.
Confronting the stories it wasn’t his choice to vacate BT’s Premier League coverage, he tweeted: “Ignore the misleading nonsense headlines. I spoke to BT about being too busy and we agreed I’d host less Premier League games.”
He confirmed he would still host BT’s Champions League coverage and will present some of the channel’s Premier League matches.
“I’l still host some, but one of my favourite people, Lynsey Hipgrave, gets to lead the coverage and I couldn’t be happier for her.”
BT Sport has the rights to 52 Premier League games in new season compared to Sky’s 128 and Amazon’s 20.
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BT Sport has unveiled a raft of new signings, a new show and new channel ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
Former England internationals Peter Crouch, Joe Cole and Karen Carney have been confirmed as part of BT’s football team for the new season. They join the previously announced Robin van Persie HERE
BT’s Saturday line-up will have a new-look with the broadcaster now showing Saturday lunchtime Premier League kick-offs. BT have secured 52 live games for the new season, more than they’ve ever previously aired.
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Non-league games will usually be broadcast in the Saturday tea-time slot (5.15pm) which will be followed by a new live National League highlights show (7.30pm).
Ahead of the lunchtime Premier League game, BT is launching a new live Saturday preview show. Early Kick-Offwill air between 10am and 12noon with Robbie Savage and Jules Breach in the studio and contributions from Jake Humphrey and the BT Sport team on location at the live lunch-time game.
Jake then hosts live coverage of the game from 12noon (kick-off 12.30pm) with live scores service BT Sport Score returning from 2.45pm.
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BT Sport’s ultra high definition offering is also being rebranded. BT Sport 4K UHD will be renamed BT Sport Ultimate. It is available now to BT TV customers and EE 5G pay monthly customers.
BT Sport Ultimate will also soon be extended to BT Sport customers on EE 4G pay monthly, the BT Sport app and those watching on the Sky platform.