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Interview With Rebecca Lowe, the New Face of EPL Coverage on NBC Beginning August, 2013

arlo white rebecca lowe Interview With Rebecca Lowe, the New Face of EPL Coverage on NBC Beginning August, 2013

Beginning August 17, EPL soccer fans in the United States will be privileged to watch and listen to the new face of Premier League coverage in this country — presenter Rebecca Lowe, who along with lead commentator Arlo White will be the two most prominent figures among a team of experts on our TV sets each week.

In conversation with the effervescent Rebecca Lowe earlier this week in New York City, she touched on a myriad of topics. She’s getting married in June to her partner Paul Buckle, who left his post as manager of Luton Town by mutual consent earlier this year to take the big leap across the pond with Lowe.

We also discussed the differences between presenting on a UK network versus an American one, and zeroed in on whether the greater number of US TV adverts in a typical hour makes her job easier or more difficult.

“It’s a different pressure. The English network has fewer breaks but they’re longer. When the end of the first half will happen, we’ll have a five minute ad break, and then we’ll do three minutes of chat and then five minutes again. In some ways, it’s great. It gives me time to think, to plan and to see analysis we want to see, but in some ways we lose viewers. In watching the TV in my hotel [in America], I’ve noticed that there’s loads of ads but they’re short. By the time you find the remote control to change it, the program is back on.

“In some ways, it’s going to be a bit of a discipline because while I’ve been trained to think we have five minutes, I’m not going to have that. But I have had the experience with ESPN [in the US] in the summer and the summer before.”

Lastly, I asked her what she missed most about her time at Setanta Sports.

“You know what I miss the most… James Richardson. We had the most fun. [Football Matters] is a program that’s missed generally. I miss working with him. I miss the style of the program; the way we did it. We have a lot of magazine shows, but we don’t have enough audience-involved or comedy. I miss him.”

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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8 Responses to Interview With Rebecca Lowe, the New Face of EPL Coverage on NBC Beginning August, 2013

  1. Joel Bick says:

    James Richardson is freaking awesome. That is all.

  2. AtlantaPompey says:

    Is James Richardson available? Because I really enjoyed ‘Football Matters’. I would love to see a weekly show in a similar format on NBCSports.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I think he’s doing some work for ESPN in the UK and Channel 4, so there’s no chance of him coming Stateside.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  3. Dust says:

    She will be great.

  4. john marzan says:

    heard about the good news? the NWSL will be televised on fox soccer.

  5. Tim Krass says:

    James Richardson and Barry Glendenning should do a nightly football/entertainment TV show. They are very entertaining.

  6. Here in the UK,In the 20 years of Premiership soccer [Football] We cannot see any matches at 10am Eastern 3pm UK Time due to the Black Out Rule,Which forces soccer [Football] Fans to go to the lower leagues in England. The Championship,League One and League two. Should this rule be scrapped,[because so many people are watching the 10AM Eastern Games here in the UK Elsewhere,With Rebecca and the two Robbie”s. Thank You for a great site. GOD BLESS.

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