Soccer AM employees left ‘raging’ after Sky Sports activities reportedly determine to scrap fan favorite programme
Soccer AM is ready to go away TV screens on the finish of the present soccer season, with Sky Sports activities opting to scrap the fan favorite present after 28 years of it working.
Launched to Sky Sports activities in 1995, Soccer AM has occupied the morning slot for the broadcaster ever since, with presenters resembling Tim Lovejoy, Helen Chamberlain, Max Rushden, John Fendley and Jimmy Bullard all gracing the couch.
In keeping with studies by The Solar (opens in new tab), Sky Sports activities advised employees on Tuesday that the present would not return for subsequent season, which means there are simply 10 episodes remaining of the long-running programme earlier than it involves an finish.
A Sky spokesperson advised The Solar: “Soccer AM has performed an vital position in our protection of soccer for the previous three a long time, and we regularly adapt to the evolving wants of our prospects.
“We now go right into a interval of session to debate the proposed adjustments with our folks. We’re unable to offer extra element whereas these consultations are underway.”
Soccer AM employees are due to this fact set to grow to be redundant in Could, angering those that work on the programme.
A supply advised The Solar: “It was an entire bombshell. Morale is at an all-time low, they’re raging.
“It should be an attention-grabbing watch over the subsequent few weeks.”
The soccer comedy present included a wide range of segments, from Tubes assembly well-known movie stars to carpark soccer challenges, in addition to inviting visitors each concerned in soccer and from outdoors of the sport onto the present.
As a part of the choice, Sky Sports activities will reportedly transfer Saturday Social into Soccer AM’s 10:30am slot. Aimed toward youthful viewers and specializing in the social media aspect of the sport, Saturday Social beforehand aired earlier than Soccer AM.
Russ Williams and Helen Chamberlain have been the unique hosts of Soccer AM in 1995 and 1996, earlier than Tim Lovejoy changed Williams two years in. Usually considered the present’s favorite presenting duo, Lovejoy ultimately left the present in 2007, changed by Andy Goldstein for a 12 months.
Max Rushden quickly took over from Goldstein, additional growing on Lovejoy’s iconic segments. In recent times, after the departure of each Rushden and Chamberlain, Soccer AM has been hosted by John ‘Fenners’ Fendley, Jimmy Bullard and Lloyd Griffith for a short spell.