Sky Sports has confirmed that Kelly Cates will return to the broadcaster as the main presenter of its live Saturday evening English Football League matches.
Cates will host this brand new regular set of Sky live fixtures which all kick-off at 5.30pm, starting with Norwich City’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, August 13.
She joins fellow presenter Scott Minto, who will now host Sky’s live EFL games on Fridays and Sundays, as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals from Wembley, while Simon Thomas will continue in his role as presenter of Sky’s coverage of the EFL Cup.
An accomplished presenter for nearly two decades, Cates, who is the daughter of former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish, began her career as one of the launch presenters on Sky Sports News in 1998, before working for both Setanta and ESPN throughout their coverage of the Premier League between 2007 and 2013.
She was part of the presenting team on Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning London 2012 Paralympic Games coverage, where she hosted the breakfast show slot alongside Rick Edwards, and was also part of its team covering the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.
More recently, Cates co-hosted the first year of Channel 5’s prime-time Football League highlights show alongside George Riley last season.
She is also one of BBC Radio 5 live’s key presenters, hosting its flagship 5 live Sport programme on a regular basis, as well as co-presenting the popular 606 phone-in show alongside Ian Wright.
Speaking about her new role on Sky’s EFL coverage, Cates said: “I’m so excited about coming back to Sky Sports and presenting live matches on Saturday evenings.
“The EFL is more competitive than ever, and there will be great stories for us to bring to viewers throughout the season.
“I’m joining a great team and I can’t wait to start.”
Cates has been replaced on Channel 5’s EFL highlights show by BT Sport presenter Lynsey Hipgrave, though she will continue her work as regular presenter on 5 live during the season.
Her return to Sky Sports is part of reshuffle of Sky Sports’ football presenters following the departure of Super Sunday and Monday Night Football host Ed Chamberlin, who will lead ITV’s new team covering horse racing from 2017.
Sky’s previous lead Football League presenter Simon Thomas will continue to front the channel’s EFL Cup coverage this season and is also expected to be part of its Premier League on-air line-up, while David Jones is set to be installed as Chamberlin’s replacement on Super Sunday.
Gary Hughes, Head of Football at Sky Sports, added: “Kelly is a highly respected presenter who will strengthen our EFL coverage even further.
“Alongside Scott and the team, she will guide viewers through what is certain to be another dramatic and memorable season.”
Sky Sports will show more than 700 matches from eight different leagues across its channels and digital outlets during the 2016/17 season, including 127 live matches from across the three EFL leagues and ties from each round of newly branded EFL Cup.
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