Ahead of the start of the new NFL season this weekend, Channel 4 has announced its presenting line-up as the station becomes the new terrestrial home of the sport.
Long-time fan and amateur player for the London Warriors, Vernon Kay will host ‘The American Football Show’, Channel 4′s new regular Saturday morning highlights show which will be broadcast each week at 9.00am.
Colin Murray, who hosted American Football coverage for Channel 5 and currently presents a weekday mid-morning show for talkSPORT, will anchor Channel 4′s live coverage of the two live Wembley games on September 29 and October 27.
Live coverage of NFL’s Sunday Night Football game, which begins this week with the New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, will again be hosted by the popular duo of Nat Coombs and Mike Carlson – who hosted the show on Channel 4 last season.
They will show live coverage of the NFL’s annual games at Wembley Stadium – beginning with the two games scheduled in 2013 – as well as a weekly highlights show, on top of its existing live coverage of Sunday night matches.
Announcing the new line up, Channel 4’s commissioning editor for sports Jamie Aitchison said: “The wealth of NFL programming on 4 allows us to bring viewers a great presenting team across all the shows.
“Vernon, Nat and Colin are all avid fans of the NFL and their different styles alongside great knowledge and enthusiasm means our viewers are in for a treat.
“With Mike Carlson’s superb insight and special guests throughout the season we can’t wait to get going this weekend.”
Multi-award winning sports production company Sunset+Vine will produce all of Channel 4′s NFL programming, including the Super Bowl, live Wembley games, Sunday Night Football games and weekly highlights.
The firm co-produced Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning Paralympics coverage last year and have also been responsible for Channel 4’s coverage of Sunday Night Football for the past three years, as well as Channel 5’s previous NFL coverage and BBC TV’s weekly play-off highlights.
John Leach, Managing Director, Sunset+Vine, commented: “This fantastic contract plays to our strengths of working together with Channel 4, our long history with the NFL and our knowledge of the sport.
“This experience, together with our success of producing award-winning sports tv programming makes the Channel 4, NFL and Sunset+Vine combination compelling.”