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BT Sport has announced the four finalists in its first ever Young FA Cup Presenter of the Year Competition, a nationwide initiative which launched in January to search for youth sports TV presenting talent of the future.
The final four, who were shortlisted by BT Sport’s lead football anchor Jake Humphrey from hundreds of entries, are now one step closer to winning a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of being part of BT Sport’s live FA Cup Final TV coverage on May 17.
Isobel Keane (aged 14, from Norwich), Jonathan Chappell (17, Crawley), Joseph Hadfield (14, Sheffield) and Adam Bailey (15, Congleton) are the four contestants who were judged to have submitted the best videos of themselves presenting a news report around the 2013/14 FA Cup. They will now attend a judging day at BT Sport’s state-of-the-art studios at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 3 April. At the final judging stage the finalists will receive top tips on TV presenting from Jake Humphrey and the BT Sport team, before recording a non-live, short piece to camera on the BT Sport TV set.
You can see each of the finalists entries by following the links below:
Isobel Keane https://www.youtube.com/embed/GzWO91yfW0o
Jonathan Chappell https://www.youtube.com/embed/3TeJU2mSg_w
Joseph Hadfield https://www.youtube.com/embed/_mzQmP3SFaE
Adam Bailey https://www.youtube.com/embed/YqpIgg9MXc0
The final four are already guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience at BT Studios and runners-up will receive FA Cup semi-final tickets and football shirts signed by the BT Sport presenting team. The overall winner will get the chance to film a segment for BT Sport’s broadcast of the FA Cup Final day from London’s Wembley stadium, alongside Jake Humphrey.
Humphrey, who will help identify the winner as a judge, said: “BT Sport is committed to unearthing future talent and great stories, by giving youth an opportunity to join in with us. The volume and quality of entries for the competition were staggering, I cannot wait to meet the final four in person and put them through their paces before presenting with the winner on FA Cup Final day.”
BT Sport is the UK’s newest sports TV service, with three channels showing live top tier action from the Barclays Premier League and the Aviva Premiership as well as a host of other sport. BT has more than two million customers who take the service and the channels reach around four million homes when BT’s wholesale deal with Virgin Media is taken into account. It is also the home for top European league football, showing regular live matches from Germany’s Bundesliga, France’s Ligue1 and Italy’s Serie A.
From 2015/16 BT Sport will be the new UK home of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football, following a tender process in which BT won the exclusive live broadcast rights to all 350 matches from both tournaments.