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SBD Global/September 19, 2012/Media
Jake Humphrey Leaves BBC To Front BT Vision's Premier League Coverage
Published September 19, 2012
BIG BLOW FOR BBC: In London, Rik Sharma reported that losing Humphrey "is another blow" for the BBC after pundit Lee Dixon announced in July he was leaving to join rival ITV's football coverage team. BBC Dir General George Entwhistle has admitted it is "impossible to cope with the challenge from Sky and BT." Entwhistle told Radio Times, "Look at the latest BT/Sky Premier League deal, that comes in at about £6.5M ($10.5M) per football game. We are simply no longer in that class" (DAILY MAIL, 9/18).
NOT DONE WITH F1: The Scotland DAILY RECORD reported that Humphrey "will continue to front F1 racing until his contract runs out at the end of the year." Humphrey "was reported to be upset" at the loss of much of the BBC's F1 coverage, but last year he told BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles the BBC had "no option" but to accept the deal. He said: "I guess it's a money thing. The amount of money the BBC have now is not what they had to spend a few years ago" (DAILY RECORD, 9/18).