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McCoy signed up to be part of new team

Sir Anthony McCoy: latest member of ITV team
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ITV Sport announced on Friday that Sir Anthony McCoy, the retired 20-time champion jump jockey, would be part of its broadcast team from next year when the network begins exclusive free-to-air coverage.

In news announced during the halftime interval of the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier, the channel said McCoy would work as an expert analyst on big days next year.

He will start on January 1, alongside main presenter Ed Chamberlin, when ITV kicks off its new era at Cheltenham on New Year's Day at the start of a four-year contract.

McCoy said: "I feel very lucky to still be part of a sport I am passionate about. Racing always has, and always will, be a huge part of my life and I'm looking forward to being involved in what should be an exciting year for the sport and for ITV."

Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, said: "AP McCoy is a figure who transcends the sport of racing. We're delighted he's joining our team, which can only benefit from his unique expertise and love for the sport."

Bumper team

McCoy, who has filled a similar role on Channel 4, is the latest in a host of names recruited to the ITV team, with Chamberlin to be joined by Francesca Cumani as co-presenter during the Flat season and Matt Chapman as betting presenter and reporter.

Oli Bell will present ITV's weekly racing morning magazine show, Richard Hoiles will be lead commentator, with Mark Johnson also commentating. Joining as pundits are Hayley Turner, Mick Fitzgerald, Jason Weaver, Luke Harvey and Brian Gleeson.

Frankie Dettori and Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton will also make appearances while Rishi Persad, Sally-Ann Grassick and Alice Plunkett all have reporting roles. Lucy Verasamy will provide weather reports.

Racing always has, and always will, be a huge part of my life and I'm looking forward to being involved in what should be an exciting year for the sport and for ITV
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