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Jim Rosenthal to helm Channel 5 football

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Jim Rosenthal

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Jim Rosenthal has been confirmed as the new face of Channel 5 football.

The veteran broadcaster will take over the role on Thursday September 16, when he will anchor coverage of Liverpool vs. Steaua Bucharest. He succeeds Colin Murray, who replaced Adrian Chiles on BBC Two's Match Of The Day 2 in the summer.

Speaking about his new role, Rosenthal said: "I've covered many different sports throughout my career, but football has always been my first love. It's tremendous to be back covering the game at the highest level.

"Five has an innovative and inclusive approach to its coverage, which really excites me. With Liverpool and Manchester City in the tournament, alongside some of the biggest names in European football, such as Juventus, [the Europa League] promises to be a thrilling campaign."

Channel 5's head of sport Robert Charles continued: "Throughout his career Jim has pretty much done and seen it all. His presence will bring great experience, authority and wit to football on Five. I'm delighted we've been able to secure the services of such a respected and much loved broadcaster."

Rosenthal's broadcasting career has included covering eight World Cup Finals, Formula One on ITV for nine years and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also won the Royal Television Sports Presenter of the Year title in 1997 and 1999.

Channel 5 has first live match choice in each round of the Europa League and exclusive rights to the final.

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