Gabby’s TV Transfer

ITV bosses took their eye off the ball when they demoted former golden girl Gabby Logan before last summer’s World Cup.
In as main football presenter came Steve Rider, a surprise appointment given the fact he was not part of the Match of the Day team during his many years with the BBC.
Out went Gabby, shamefully treated by ITV Sport. She was also replaced by Steve as the face of the channel’s Champions’ League coverage.
Now comes confirmation that after eight years at ITV, Gabby is moving to BBC Sport in the New Year.

She will present BBC1’s new sports news programme, due to launch next May, and be part of Radio Five Live’s presenting team.
But it won’t come as any surprise if Gabby also ends up at Match of the Day.
Some even see her as an eventual successor to Sue Barker’s crown.
The former Commonwealth Games gymnast worked her way to the top of TV sport’s premiership, via Sky and On The Ball, taking ITV’s centre-forward role when Des Lynam left the field.
I last spoke to Gabby just before the World Cup, when she remained upbeat, hosting ITV’s big launch for their coverage with her usual professionalism.
Now she’s looking forward to a bright future with the BBC – and perhaps not just in sports programming.
If I were incoming ITV chairman Michael Grade, I’d want a few answers about how that was allowed to happen.

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