BT Sport Signs Ian Wright and Robbie Savage & Announces New Look Saturday Schedule
Fri 15th Aug 2014 | Television & Broadcasting
BT Sport has confirmed that Ian Wright and Robbie Savage will join the broadcaster as experts across its football coverage, as part of a number of enhancements ahead of the new season.
Arsenal legend Wright will join BT's panel of analysts for exclusively live matches in the Barclays Premier League and the FA Cup, as well as other football programming. Robbie Savage, the former Wales international and Leicester City FC midfielder, will also join the punditry team and co-host a new Saturday morning show – “Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav” - alongside presenter, Darren Fletcher.
The new show will kick-off BT Sport's Saturday schedule at 10am ahead of its live Barclays Premier League fixture, with Fletcher and Savage presenting live from the grounds of the Barclays Premier League home club. The show will cover the biggest stories of the day and the build up to the day's football across the UK, Europe and beyond.
”Matchday Live” will run through all of BT Sport's live programming on Saturdays. The Matchday Live schedule continues from noon when BT Sport brings fans one of its 38 live Barclays Premier League matches. This will be followed from 3pm every Saturday throughout the season by more live sport, including Aviva Premiership Rugby and European Champions Rugby, plus exclusively live action from Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A or France's Ligue 1.
SPORTSHUB, BT Sport's news, debate and information programme, will complete Saturday's Matchday Live line-up with live shows and updates, bringing fans the latest stories and reaction from the world of sport.
Grant Best, senior channel executive producer, BT Sport, said: “Ian and Robbie have proved themselves to be hugely popular pundits with football fans across the country and we are delighted to add them to our growing team of analysts. Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav is the perfect build-up to the football weekend hosted by true football fans and special guests, features and the entertaining chemistry and unpredictability you'd expect from the pair. Fans should stick with BT Sport through Saturdays for their sporting updates with Matchday Live.”
BT Sport will kick off the new season in the Barclays Premier League with exclusively live coverage of Louis van Gaal's first league game as the new Manchester United manager on the opening day of the new season on August 16, with coverage of his game against Swansea.
The channels, which are free for a second season for BT broadband customers, will also show current champions Manchester City three times in the Barclays Premier League during its initial selection of TV matches.
BT Sport recently signed a deal for up to four exclusively live matches a week from the Portuguese Primeira Liga, taking the channels' total to six European leagues. BT Sport also shows exclusively live matches from the Barclays Premier League, Germany's Bundesliga, France's Ligue1, Italy's Serie A and the Scottish Professional Football League.
BT SPORT EXCLUSIVELY LIVE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES:
Manchester United v Swansea, Saturday August 16 - Kick off 12:45pm
Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Saturday August 23 - Kick off 12.45pm
Burnley v Manchester United, Saturday August 30 - Kick off 12:45pm
Arsenal v Manchester City, Saturday September 13 - Kick off 12:45pm
Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City, Saturday September 20 - Kick off 12.45pm
Liverpool v Everton, Saturday September 27 - Kick off 12:45pm
Manchester Utd v Everton, Sunday October 5 - Kick off 12.00pm
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday October 18 - Kick off 12:45pm
West Ham United v Manchester City, Saturday October 25 - Kick off 12.45pm
Newcastle v Liverpool, Saturday November 1 - Kick Off 12.45pm
Liverpool v Chelsea, Saturday November 8 - Kick off 12:45pm
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, Saturday November 29 - Kick off 12:45pm
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Posted by: Kev Howland
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