BBC unveils new regional football show

Thursday, December 10 2009, 12:18 GMT

By Andrew Laughlin,

The BBC has unveiled a new weekly Football League magazine show tailored to each individual region around the UK.

Titled Late Kick Off, the BBC One programme will have different versions for each of the UK's seven main regions - the North West, North East and Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West and East Midlands, the East, London and South East, and the South West. Each region will have its own presentation team.

Starting on January 18, 2010, at 11.15pm, the show will feature match highlights and also give fans "in-depth coverage" from behind-the-scenes of clubs in the league.

BBC controller of English regions David Holdsworth said: "Late Kick Off is good news for Football League fans who'll get to see more of their local teams on television but in a way they may not have seen before.

"They'll get to see the goal action but we'll also examine stories and issues of the day from a different perspective, providing high-quality sports journalism. Added to that we will be going behind the scenes at the clubs giving an insight in to what really goes on, with access to players, managers and backroom staff."

In August, coverage from the Football League returned to the BBC for the first time since 1988. Late Kick Off will run in conjunction with The Football League Show and live coverage of the League Cup semi-finals and final.