Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Sky Sports complete major revamp with half of team axed including Soccer Saturday favourites – The Mirror


Legendary commentator Martin Tyler’s exit from Sky Sports was confirmed on Saturday morning – with more fan favourites set to leave the broadcaster in the coming weeks
A number of popular reporters will leave Sky Sports as part of a cost-cutting exercise – including some from Soccer Saturday.
The biggest name to face the chop is legendary interviewer Geoff Shreeves, who has reportedly been asked to take a hefty salary reduction to keep his job. Shreeves has been a key member of Sky Sports' reporting team since the Premier League launched in 1992.
Several stars have left Sky Sports in recent months, including Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling and the show's lead reporter Chris Kamara. Popular pundit Graeme Souness also said goodbye to the broadcaster at the end of the season just gone.
Sky Sports announced their latest departure on Saturday morning, with iconic broadcaster Martin Tyler stepping down after 33 years with the company. Tyler has been described as 'The Voice' of the Premier League, such is his status in the English game.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Shreeves is considering his future with Sky Sports. He will be entitled to a large redundancy package after working for the company for more than three decades and is expected to receive lucrative offers from rival broadcasters.
It's claimed six of Sky Sports' 13-strong football reporting team will leave the company: Guy Havord, Dickie Davis, Bianca Westwood, Greg Whelan, Lynsey Hooper and Jaydee Dyer. Emma Saunders, David Craig, Patrick Davidson, Jonathan Oakes, Johnny Phillips and Luke Shanley will all stay on board heading into the new Premier League campaign.
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Mirror Football has contacted Sky Sports who refused to go into any specifics regarding the ongoing consultation process.
Sky Sports are still looking for a new presenter for Soccer Saturday, their flagship football results show, following Stelling's exit. The adored presenter said an emotional goodbye to Soccer Saturday at the end of the Premier League season just gone.
One favourite who will not be part of Sky Sports' football team next year is Tyler. Like Shreeves, Tyler has worked for Sky Sports since they won the rights to show Premier League football more than 30 years ago. He is not retiring from commentating.
Sky Sports were unable to pay tribute to Tyler at the end of the season just gone due to illness, which caused him to miss the final few weeks of the campaign.
In a statement, Tyler said: "In my humble opinion, the huge corporation Sky is today has stemmed from Sky Sports’ innovative and inspired coverage of the Premier League.
"It has been a privilege to play a small part in the broadcasting history of the greatest league in the world. Along the way I have worked alongside legions of wonderful professionals in all aspects of the television industry. I thank them all for their support and expertise. It has been an honour to be a member of a very gifted team."
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