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.
ALL CONFIRMED PREMIER LEAGUE TV GAMES SO FAR FOR THE NEW SEASON HERE
PREMIER League officials have revealed the provisional dates it hopes to announce which games have been selected for live TV broadcast.
However, due to the complicated nature of the picking system for broadcasters, policing arrangements and games being moved to accommodate cup competitions, the league has struggled to stick to the timetable in the past.
The 2022-23 season will see the same TV arrangements as the previous year as part of a rolled over new three-year deal with Sky, BT and Amazon – see HERE.
Sky will again show 128 live games and has the first pick of all the regular weekend rounds, typically screening up to five matches a weekend across Friday Night Football, Saturday Night Football, Super Sunday and Monday Night Football. BT again has the Saturday lunchtime matches including a number of second pick matches.
Amazon Prime Video has two complete rounds of games (20 matches in all) – an October midweek round and the Boxing Day which are likely to be staggered across different times slots and dates as in previous seasons – the games Amazon have can be seen HERE.
Free-to-air highlights will again be shown thrown the BBC’s Match of the Day.
DATES WHEN PREMIER LEAGE HOPE TO ANNOUNCE FIXTURES CHANGES FOR LIVE TV GAMES
JULY 5 – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER CHANGES – ANNOUNCED ON TIME HERE
JULY 29 – OCTOBER CHANGES
SEPTEMBER 13 – NOVEMBER CHANGES
OCTOBER 11 – DECEMBER /JANUARY CHANGES
DECEMBER 6 – FEBRUARY CHANGES
JANUARY 25 – MARCH CHANGES
FEBRUARY 21 – APRIL CHANGES
MARCH 23 – MATCHWEEK 35 CHANGES
MARCH 30 – MATCHWEEK 36 CHANGES
APRIL 7 – MATCHWEEK 37 CHANGES
Final day selections will be confirmed after the completed of match week 37 (all games will kick-off at the same time of 4pm for the final day so no fixtures will be moved).
All dates above are approximate and are subject to change. Source: Premier League