Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker looks set to be unveiled as the host of BT Sport's UEFA Champions League coverage for the 2015-16 season after signing a non-exclusive contract with the BBC.
Reports linking Lineker with the broadcaster had been circulating for a number of weeks, with the Daily Telegraph recently reporting he was ready to take a pay cut at the BBC, allowing him to continue presenting Premier League highlights, while also leaving the door open for him to front BT's coverage of European football.
According to Broadcast Now, Lineker could be announced as a member of BT's team at an Olympic Park launch event on June 9th.
BT spent £897 million on securing exclusive rights for the Champions League, as well as certain Europa League matches in November 2013.
Lineker will join the broadcaster's current football anchor, Jake Humphrey, who has signed a new four-year deal at the company, where he has worked for the last two years.
On confirming the news, Humphrey said: “I have loved being involved at BT Sport from the very beginning. The last two years have been some of the most enjoyable of my career and on the way we’ve had some cracking games - part of the reason we've taken the channels from zero to over five million subscribers in the process.
“The next stage is even more exciting as we become the only place to watch live UEFA Champions League. Fulfilling a childhood dream to present the Barclays Premier League has been an incredible adventure, and to be able to present big European matches from the world’s most iconic stadiums will be another challenge I can’t wait to take on.”
The news comes amid reports that BT could also become the first UK broadcaster to launch an Ultra High Definition service, having secured a licence for a channel titled BT Sport Ultra HD as part of Ofcom’s Television Broadcast Licensing Update for April.
BT Sport has already conducted a series of UHD tests at football, rugby and basketball matches over the last few months.