Richard Botchway has become ITV’s Assistant Commissioner in the Sport team, reporting to Director of Sport, Niall Sloane.

The new hire aims to give an additional ‘fresh approach’ to ITV’s sports coverage, particularly taking advantage of the potential opportunities afforded by the channel’s forthcoming free streaming service, ITVX.

Sloane commented: “Richard is a seriously talented content creator and he will be a great addition to ITV Sport and our commissioning team.”

Bringing a wealth of experience in content creation across platforms, Botchway is best known for his critically acclaimed documentary: Ian Wright: Nothing to Something

He began his career in content creation with his own weekly show on Channel U in 2004, Spit TV, the UK’s first urban freestyle performance show.

“I am excited to be joining ITV’s commissioning team, I have made two shows for ITV and I feel very much like my appointment in this role is almost like a homecoming,” the Assistant Commissioner asserted. 

“In particular I am really looking forward to working with Niall and ITV Sport again. I can’t wait to get started.” 

ITV continues to boost its sports coverage following last month’s agreement with HBA for a three-year broadcal deal of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe across the ITV1 and STV channels. 

The month prior, the channel also formed a deal with the NFL which saw the broadcaster become the sport’s new free-to-air television home in the UK and Ireland.

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