Jodie Kidd and Matt Roberts have been confirmed as the new presenting line-up for ITV4’s coverage of the Isle of Man TT Races.
The new duo will be supported by previous TT winners Cameron Donald and Steve Plater, with Donald providing race commentary alongside experienced motorsport broadcaster Dave Moore.
The changes come after the production rights for the TT’s television coverage switched back to Isle of Man-based Greenlight Television, replacing North One Television who produced ITV4’s highlights shows for nine years, with Craig Doyle, Steve Parrish and James Whitham fronting coverage of the event since 2009.
Greenlight will produce 15 hours of coverage for ITV4 throughout the 2018 event, including a one-hour preview programme, race highlights and review shows.
Best known for her work as a fashion model, Kidd has extensive racing experience in four-wheel motorsport and raced some of Europe’s most prestigious circuits in the Maserati Trofeo Series. Her numerous TV credits include presenting Channel 5’s The Classic Car Show alongside Quentin Willson.
On becoming one of the new faces of ITV4’s Isle of Man TT coverage, Kidd said:
“I’m so excited to be presenting this year’s Isle of Man TT Races broadcast for ITV4.
“I’ve followed the remarkable TT Races for a number of years and the event is undoubtedly one of the iconic events in world motorsport.
“It’s going to be an incredible experience to see it first hand and it’s a real honour to be asked to present the programmes.”
Matt Roberts currently fronts Eurosport’s coverage of the World Superbike and British Superbike Championships, and was also part of the Eurosport team covering the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
He previously fronted the BBC’s MotoGP coverage and has also deputised for Craig Doyle as host of ITV4’s TT highlights shows when the Irishman was working on other sports.
Commenting on his new TT presenting role, Roberts said:
“There is a huge amount of respect for the TT riders in every race paddock I’ve ever been to.
“Anyone who understands and appreciates motorsport knows the skill, dedication, application and focus that is required to race around the Mountain Course and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to tell the story of this incredible event.”
Alongside Kidd and Roberts throughout the event will be former TT winners Cameron Donald and Steve Plater, who had been a key part of North One’s on-air line-up over the past few years.
Donald memorably winning two races in 2008 while Steve Plater’s career included victory in the 2008 Supersport and 2009 Senior TT Races.
As well as previous experience on the TT Races, Greenlight also produces a number of top motorsport events, including the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and the North West 200 Road Races. The company will also be produce coverage of the Classic TT event, which will be shown on ITV4 in August.
The Isle of Man TT forms a key part of ITV’s motorsport coverage, which also includes live action from the British Touring Car Championship, as well as highlights of British Superbikes, World Superbikes and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
For more information about the 2018 Isle of Man TT, which runs from 26th May to 8th June, visit the official website – iomtt.com.