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“Geordie lass” Lynsey Hipgrave to replace Jake Humphrey in BT Premier League coverage

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BT Sport have replaced long-running presenter Jake Humphrey with Newcastle’s Lynsey Hipgrave. Hipgrave will now be the lead presenter for BT Sport’s Premier League coverage from the start of the 2022/23 season this weekend. 

Jake Humphrey has hosted Premier League football for BT since it first came to the channel in the 2013-14 season. As well as this, he regularly presents their Champions League and Europa League coverage.

The role is a promotion for “football mad Geordie lass” Lynsey Hipgrave, who has been a secondary presenter for BT Sport since 2013. Her previous role was to present on other matches if BT were broadcasting multiple games at once, and to present Europa League coverage. With Humphrey’s departure, Hipgrave will now receive top billing.

Hipgrave compared her promotion to the progress women in football have made with England’s Euro 2022 success. She wrote that “after a weekend of dreams coming true for women in football, the dreams of a football mad Geordie lass have also come true.”  Hipgrave, 42, even has “Toon, Toon, black and white army!” in her Twitter bio, with her cover photo a picture of the Quayside.

Initial reports suggested that BT Sports had ‘axed’ Jake Humphrey. Humphrey hit back at “misleading nonsense headlines”. He clarified that he will continue to host some coverage, including Champions League football for BT, and the decision came after he held talks to reduce his busy schedule. Hipgrave, however, will take over the top spot in the presenting team.

Humphrey showed that there is no ill will in his response to Hipgrave’s announcement: “You’re going to be amazing Lynsey. So delighted for you. Please just let me back for the odd game.”

Lynsey Hipgrave, born in Newcastle and a Magpies fan, first made her name on Radio 5 Live, co-presenting on the Danny Baker Show since 2010. She has also hosted sports coverage for Al Jazeera and ESPN. She will host her first game in the new role, Fulham vs Liverpool, this Saturday.

Newcastle United fans will hope her appointment might lead to some more favourable coverage of the club in future.

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living

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A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue

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The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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