Channel 5 have announced the new faces of the Football League highlights show, Football League Tonight, which launches on Saturday, August 8 at 9pm.
Kelly Cates and George Riley will be the new sports duo bringing you every goal from all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League from 9pm every Saturday of the season on Channel 5.
Kelly Cates was part of the Sky Sports News launch team, went on to report on the 2010 FIFA World Cup for ITV, the London 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4 and now presents 606 on Radio 5 Live with pundit Ian Wright. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game to Channel 5’s new Football League highlights show.
Cates said: “I’ve always been drawn to the passion and unpredictability of the Football League. I can’t wait to be involved in the show and look forward to welcoming viewers to the new home of the highlights show on Channel 5.”
If you cut George Riley in half, British sports runs through the core of him. From trialling Olympic Games bids to World Championship Snooker, refereeing for the FA for a day to Rugby League, George has earned his stripes at the coal face of sports broadcasting. A regular on BBC Breakfast, the BBC sports news team and Radio 5 Live George has passion for the local face of British sports and getting down to the details the fans need to know.
Riley said: “It’s exciting to be a new face on a new Football League highlights show which has a new home on Channel 5. With plenty of opportunities for viewers to get involved I’m looking forward to interacting with the fans and getting to the heart of the game.”
Each show will feature extended coverage of that weekend’s best matches and will include every single goal from all three divisions. Players, managers and fans will also be encouraged to join us in the studio each week, or take part in the conversation via Skype and Facetime. With Kelly’s 50,000 Twitter followers and George’s 30,000 our presenters will be able to engage with viewers direct and join the weekly debates from the studio. Viewers can also use the handles @footballon5, #footballon5 and also catch up on Demand 5 on multiple platforms.
Channel 5 can also confirm that Football League Tonight will continue in weeks where there is no Sky Bet Championship programme and will provide a special focus on the very best games in Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2.
Executive Producer for Channel 5, Mark Sharman, said: “Kelly and George make an exciting new combination. They are strong editorially, really know their football and aren’t afraid to add humour to the mix.
"We think the Football League is a great product and we intend to capture the passion, devotion and sometimes the disappointment that comes with following your team, and in Sunset and Vine, we have the production company to achieve that.”