Michael Johnson, Katharine Merry and Dean Macey to feature on Channel 4 panel
Channel 4 has confirmed four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson as part of an all-star line up of sporting greats hosting the live coverage of the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Johnson, the 400m world record-holder, will bring his own experience and expert knowledge to the coverage of the World Championships, having been a part of the BBC’s commentary team for many years since retiring from action more than 10 years ago.
He is one of several athletes to be appointed by Channel 4 to be a part of the commentary team and will be joined by 1998 European and Commonwealth champion Iwan Thomas, 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Katharine Merry and 2006 Commonwealth champion Dean Macey.
Expert commentators John Rawling and Rob Walker will cover the action from the commentary box, with Sonja McClaughlan reporting on all the championships news from the trackside.
“Michael is renowned for his frank, incisive and illuminating views and we are delighted to have him as our lead analyst in our exciting team,” said Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4′s editor of live sports.
Ortis Deley, presenter of The Gadget Show, will be host of the live programming in the studio. It will be Deley’s live sports presenting debut for Channel 4, although in 2000 he presented his own show for BBC 5 Live featuring in-depth previews of British athletes preparing for the Sydney Olympics.
Channel 4 will show almost 65 hours of coverage of the World Championships, which takes place from August 27 to September 4 in Daegu, South Korea, including all morning and evening sessions plus a regular highlights programme in prime time.
To promote Channel 4′s exclusive coverage of the World Championships, Usain Bolt stars in their specially-made ident, which is due to transmit prior to and throughout the event.