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Steve Rider quits ITV after Adrian Chiles given World Cup job

Steve Rider, ITV’s long-serving sports presenter, has quit after the broadcaster handed his World Cup presenting role to Adrian Chiles.

 

Chiles was poached from the BBC last month in a £6 million deal to become ITV’s face of football.

The appointment left no place for Rider, who has anchored the broadcaster’s World Cup, Champions League, European Championship and FA Cup coverage for the past five years. He had expected to cover the tournament in South Africa.

Rider turned 60 last month and Chiles is 17 years his junior. In a statement, ITV said the decision for Rider to go with immediate effect was an "amicable" one. "The agreement clears the way for Adrian Chiles to take over as ITV’s football presenter," the broadcaster added.

Rider’s association with ITV Sport spans 33 years. He began his career on World of Sport and Midweek Sports Special, also presenting coverage of the 1980 Olympic games from Moscow.

From 1985-2005 he worked for the BBC, but returned to the commercial broadcaster as the face of football and Formula One.

Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, said Rider had made "an immense contribution".

Rider said in a statement last night: "It was important to get this sorted before such an important few weeks for ITV Sport. I wish Adrian all the best for what lies ahead. He’s working with an outstanding team and I would like to thank the ITV Sport production team for all the great support they have given me over the last five years."

Chiles joined ITV after BBC bosses decided to bring in Chris Evans, the Radio 2 DJ, as presenter of Friday’s edition of The One Show.

His four-year deal, worth £1.5 million per year, also includes a role at GMTV and a prime time factual entertainment series.

 
 
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