Humphrey latest to quit as BBC admit they can’t compete with Sky and BT Vision
10:55 GMT, 18 September 2012
Jake Humphrey will leave the BBC to front BT Vision's coverage of the Barclays Premier League from the start of the 2013-14 season.
The Formula One host was the youngest ever presenter to work on Football Focus, Match of the Day and Final Score, having risen through the ranks of the organisation.
He has signed a four-year deal with BT as they embark on their new venture. In June they won
the rights to show 38 live games a season for three years, including 18
first choice matches.
Transfer: Jake Humphrey will move to BT Vision
It is another blow for the broadcaster
after Lee Dixon announced in July he was leaving for rivals ITV to join
Adrian Chiles, for coverage of Champions League, Europa League and FA
Cup games, as well as England internationals.
George Entwhistle, the new director general of the BBC, has admitted it is impossible to cope with the challenge from Sky and BT.
The 50-year-old told the Radio Times: 'Look at the latest BT/Sky Premier League deal, that comes in at about 6.5 million per football game. We are simply no longer in that class.'
BT are paying 738million over three seasons while Sky are paying 2.28billion for their rights.
Growth: Humphrey has been with the BBC for over a decade
Humphrey started at the BBC in the
CBBC department, presenting shows including Sportsround and Newsround,
before in 2007 switching to sports programmes.
He has also presented African Cup of
Nations, Olympics and Superbowl coverage with the BBC, but is best known
for his Formula One work.
The 33-year-old said: 'I’m 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.
Gone: Humphrey, Lee Dixon, Adrian Chiles and Ray Stubbs posing for a BBC photoshoot – all have now left
'To be a part of this young, vibrant team who are as passionate about sport, as I am, is a privilege.
'I've grown up at the BBC, and whilst I hope to work with them in the future, I'd also like to place on record my thanks to them. I am incredibly grateful to all colleagues, and of course the viewers, for their incredible support from CBBC all the way to Formula 1.
'My focus from the start of 2013 is on making BT's coverage of football the best this country has ever seen.'
Moving on: Humphrey (right) at Euro 2012 with Alan Shearer
Watson, chief executive of BT Vision, said: 'We are absolutely
delighted that Jake has chosen to join our new sports channel to anchor
our Premier League programming.
'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.
'He fits our plans for the new channel perfectly and we are very excited to be working with him.'