BBC on search for new commentators as it unveils football programming

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by Stephen Chapman

The BBC is launching a scheme today, to find the next generation of commentators.

BBC Sport New Voices has already discovered Vicki Sparks, who became the first woman to commentate on a televised World Cup game this summer; and Chris Latchem who’s worked across golf and boxing.

It’s now seeking a further 2 presenters to add to its commentary pool.

“Being part of a scheme like this is great because it allows you to hone your skills in a supportive environment, whilst receiving the benefit of top-class training and feedback,” explained Sparks.

“Four years on and this summer I took another massive stride in my career as I became the first woman to commentate on a televised World Cup match which was Portugal v Morocco.”

The announcement comes, as BBC Sport reveals its plans for the upcoming football season. 

As well as the return of Match of the Day and MOTD2, Football Focus, Final Score and the Premier League Show, there will be coverage of the Women’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers and finals, as well as the Women’s Football Show.

Women’s Super League games will be streamed live every weekend, as will the early rounds of the men’s FA Cup, which begins this weekend.

Radio 5 Live will be broadcasting commentary of 144 live Premier League matches this season. Kelly Cates will take up her new role, presenting 5 Live Sport on Tuesday evenings, including introducing UEFA Champions League matches.

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Nick Bright hosts The Squad with Nick Bright between midday and 1.00pm on Sundays, with analysis of the weekend’s games through the eyes of young fans and social media influencers.

Long-running phone-in show, 606, will feature Chris Sutton and Alistair Bruce-Ball.

Mark Chapman will present 5 Live Sport 3 days a week and he’ll be joined for The Monday Night Club with Ian Wright thought the season. On Thursdays, there will be a new European football show.