Jake Humphrey is to leave his role as anchorman for the BBC's coverage of Formula One to join BT when it launches its new sports channel next year.

Humphrey, who has fronted the BBC coverage since 2009, will be the studio face of BT Vision's Barclays Premier League programmes after it secured the rights to a package of 38 matches from the 2013/14 season onwards.

The 33-year-old will continue in his role with the BBC through the remainder of the season.

"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," he said. "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."

Marc Watson, chief executive of BT Vision, added: "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."



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