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Thursday 09 May 2013

Owen and Ferdinand make BT Sport line-up

Broadcaster announces on-air team for Barclays Premier League coverage next season

  • Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand will work for BT Sport as an interviewer and expert

  • Stoke City's Michael Owen will be a co-commentator for BT Sport next season

Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves are among the star names who will feature in BT Sport's coverage of the Barclays Premier League next season.

Stoke City striker Owen, who retires from professional football at the end of the season, will take up the role of co-commentator alongside Darren Fletcher - one of the most familiar voices on BBC Radio 5 Live, while Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will also join as an interviewer, programme-maker and football expert.

Former England midfielders Hargreaves and Steve McManaman, who played for United and Liverpool respectively, as well as former England goalkeeper David James, have also been included in BT Sport's team of football experts.

Also on the commentary team will be Ian Darke, who has covered all 21 seasons of the Barclays Premier League as well as UEFA Champions League finals and five FIFA World Cups for various broadcasters.

As previously announced, sports broadcaster Jake Humphrey will be the anchor of BT Sport's 38 exclusively live Barclays Premier League football matches while Ray Stubbs joins as chief football reporter.

Journalist and sports broadcaster Des Kelly joins BT Sport to present a new sports magazine programme, 'Life's a Pitch', while broadcaster Clare Balding will present and co-produce a weekly sports magazine chat show that will feature interviews with major sporting names and discussion of big sporting issues. Meanwhile, Tim Lovejoy is to front a weekend sports magazine programme along with guest co presenters.

BT Sport has additionally signed up several ambassadors who will feature in television adverts and marketing campaigns as well as make regular guest appearances on the new channels.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale will be at the forefront of BT’s marketing campaign along with Manchester United's Barclays Premier League's top scorer Robin van Persie and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

BT Sport has also signed up Everton's Marouane Fellaini, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen and England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

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Key Points

  • Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves to appear on BT Sport's coverage of the Barclays Premier League next season
  • BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Darren Fletcher and Ian Darke to commentate with Ray Stubbs as chief football reporter
  • BT Sport to broadcast 38 live and exclusive Barclays Premier League football matches