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Jake Humphrey quits BBC to front BT football coverage

BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey is to become the anchor of BT’s Premier League football coverage.

Humphrey, 33, will start work on BT’s forthcoming sports channel in January 2013 on a four-year deal.

He will be the studio face of the coverage for BT’s 38 games a season, as well as appearing in other football programming.

Humphrey has spent ten years at the BBC, during which he fronted its Formula 1 coverage and some of the BBC’s European Championships football coverage from Poland and Ukraine this summer.

BT Vision chief executive Marc Watson said: “Jake is a tremendously experienced and popular sports broadcaster and a fresh, young and innovative talent.

“He impressed us with his willingness to get deeply involved in the development of our live football programming and we took into account his track record of excellent presenting across many sports.”

Humphrey added: “I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at BT not just because I get to fulfil a lifelong dream of presenting the Barclays Premier League but because of the fresh perspective that BT will bring to both sport and broadcasting in this country.”

BT has won the rights to show 38 live Premier League games a season for three seasons, beginning in August next year for the 2013/14 season.

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