Broadcasters plan to cover Premier League games remotely but Sky Sports are keen for big-name pundits to be present at Anfield for Liverpool’s trophy presentation
- Sky Sports plan to have presenters and pundits working from their studios
- BT, meanwhile, may tell staff to work from home, as they have for the Bundesliga
- Owen Hargreaves has been offering insight from home via video link for BT Sport
- Broadcasters are keen to capture Liverpool lifting the league trophy at Anfield
Broadcasters are set to cover Premier League matches from remote locations rather than stadiums, but remain hopeful of negotiating their presence for Liverpool’s trophy presentation.
Sky Sports plan to have presenters and pundits working from their studios in Isleworth, where two-metre distancing will be carefully managed.
BT, meanwhile, may tell their staff to work from home, as they have for coverage of Germany’s Bundesliga.
Broadcasters are set to cover Premier League matches from remote locations – not stadiums
England midfielder-turned-pundit Owen Hargreaves has been offering insight via video link and commentators have even been covering fixtures from their own homes.
But broadcasters are keen to capture Liverpool lifting the trophy, which would traditionally take place following their final home game of the season at Anfield.
That would come after facing Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, and one Sky insider told Sportsmail that they want their big names at Anfield for that moment.
That is assuming Liverpool are not forced to see out fixtures in neutral venues.
In Germany, broadcasters are expected to only use skeleton camera crews inside stadiums, with presenters and pundits providing analysis from elsewhere. Commentators are keen to ensure they are allowed access to grounds to cover games, however.
Broadcasters are keen to be present for Liverpool’s potential trophy presentation
Those in radio are particularly conscious of ‘dead air’ — something which is not usually a concern because the noise of supporters fills any gaps. They feel they would benefit from being allowed inside stadiums.
Meanwhile, broadcasting regulator Ofcom are not planning to talk to broadcasters to discuss the risk of players and coaches swearing being picked up by pitchside mics.
There is a concern that the 9pm watershed could be broken. But Ofcom will only monitor the Premier League’s return rather than proactively remind Sky, BT, the BBC and Amazon of their responsibilities to the code.
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