BT Sport’s chief football reporter Des Kelly has joined the big-name exodus of football broadcasters ahead of the channel’s rebrand next week as TNT Sports and the new Premier League season.

While Sky Sports have lost Jeff Stelling, Martin Tyler and Geoff Shreeves from their coverage this summer, TNT plan to be without Kelly as well as Champions League presenter Jake Humphrey, who is widely expected to be replaced by the former TalkSPORT host Laura Woods.

Kelly has spent the past decade at BT following its launch in 2013 after previously working as a newspaper columnist and editor. He began at BT Sport as the presenter of an evening football talkshow before being switched to pitch-side reporting and interviewing duties for their Premier League and Champions League coverage.

BT Sport will officially become TNT Sports next Tuesday and, while many of their previous presenters will continue and they remain open to future roles for Kelly, there will be new studios and an overhaul to some of the programming.

The renaming of BT Sport follows a new partnership with Warner Bros Discovery, which also owns Eurosport. The Eurosport brand dates back even further, to 1989, and the long-term plan is to fully merge the channels into one single brand in the future.

It would place major international events like the Olympics, the Champions League and the Tour de France with Premier League football, and Premiership rugby.

There is also much intrigue about the next round of domestic Premier League rights. Recent Premier League rights cycles have cost Sky more than £3.5 billion to secure the bulk of live games and, with expected competition from TNT and the spectre of competing streaming channels like Amazon and Apple TV, preparations have already started for the next bidding process for the matches from 2024-5 until 2027-8.

As well as the departures of some of their best known broadcasters, Sky have also changed their programming emphasis to place particular focus on their live sports and digital offering.