Jake Humphrey given Champions League welcome at BT Stadium House in Cardiff
BT Sport presenter, Jake Humphrey, made a visit to BT Stadium House in Cardiff earlier today to meet BT employees and give them the low-down on the UEFA Champions League that will shortly be taking place in the city.
Jake Humphrey, who will be presenting BT Sport’s exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus on June 3rd, gave BT employees the inside-track on what to expect when the largest televised sporting event in the world comes to Cardiff.
Speaking to a large audience of employees made up of customer service advisers, apprentices and technicians, Jake revealed how BT Sport will make the UEFA Champions League final available for free to as many people as possible on YouTube, the BT website, BT Sport channels and the app, underlining BT’s commitment to make televised sport more accessible to fans.
The UEFA Champions League final can also be enjoyed this year using the latest broadcast technology, giving viewers the best pictures and the best sound experience available, with the game available for the first time in 4K UHD on YouTube* and 4K UHD with Dolby Atmos sound on BT TV.
For the first time ever the UEFA Champions League final will also be available through a number of 360°streams on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App, allowing viewers to choose between a 360°produced programme with commentary and graphics, or select their own camera viewpoint**.
Jake said: “The fact that the UEFA Champions League final is coming to Cardiff – Gareth Bale’s home – is a brilliant story. There as so many people working behind the scenes to make it a success and you can feel the buzz of excitement about the whole event as soon as you arrive in the city.
“As a Norwich city boy I’m a bit envious that we’ll probably never have the chance to stage such a huge event. Good luck to Cardiff, Wales, Real Madrid and Juventus.”
Alwen Williams, regional director for BT Cymru Wales, said: “The fact that the UEFA Champions League final is coming to Cardiff is fantastic for the city and Wales. There’ll be more than 200 million pairs of eyes tuning in to watch the final from around the globe so it’s a great opportunity for Cardiff and Wales to promote itself on the international stage.
“As the host broadcaster for the UEFA Champions League final, we’re all incredibly excited and proud in BT to be part of something so big and everybody’s working incredibly hard to make sure that it’s a success.”
When asked who she’d like to see come out on top come June 3rd Alwen diplomatically responded: “For Real Madrid we obviously will be cheering for Gareth Bale, but then Juventus also have strong Welsh links with UEFA Champions League Ambassador Ian Rush and the legendary John Charles. So for all Welsh fans it’s a win-win thing.”
BT Sport recently retained the exclusive UK rights to broadcast all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football.
Following a competitive auction process, BT secured the rights until the end of the 2020/21 season that for the first time brings together exclusivity across all live games, highlights and in-match clips of both competitions.
Jake Humphrey started his career working as a runner for Anglia Television before working his way up the career ladder to becoming one of the most recognisable presenters on television fronting programmes such as Fame Academy, Football Focus, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and coverage of the 2012 Olympics.
* 4K UHD on YouTube requires sufficient broadband speed
**A minimum of 10Mbps connection is required for the best 360°VR viewing experience