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Golf Channel hires Whiteley as co-host

GOLF BROADCASTER ANNA WHITELEY JOINS GOLF CHANNEL AS MORNING DRIVE CO-HOST

ORLANDO, Fla., May 30, 2019 – GOLF Channel announced today the addition of golf broadcaster Anna Whiteley as a full-time co-host for the network’s daily news show, Morning Drive. Whiteley officially joins Morning Drive on Monday, June 3.

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Previously, Whiteley hosted the golf magazine television show Golfing World, taking viewers inside the ropes on the PGA TOUR, European Tour and LPGA Tour with player interviews, instructional tips and showcasing golf travel destinations.Golfing World airs in 35 countries around the world, including weekly on GOLF Channel and Sky Sports. She also has hosted tournament coverage for Sky Sports, the European Tour’s weekly Season Pass show and has been a frequent European Tour contributor to GOLF Channel.

We’ve been eager to add Anna to GOLF Channel’s on-air team, and I’ve long been a fan of her work in the U.K. With golf being a global game and our partnership with Sky Sports, she is a welcome addition to Morning Drive,” said Molly Solomon, GOLF Channel executive vice president, content and executive producer. “Her vast golf knowledge will allow for insightful roundtable discussions with fellow co-hosts and analysts each morning.”

“I look forward to planting new roots in Florida and hitting the ground running with my Morning Drive colleagues,” said Whiteley, who will relocate from London to Orlando, Fla., home of GOLF’s world headquarters. “Golf is such a global sport, and I’m looking forward to providing a new perspective based on my experiences having covered the professional golf landscape over the past several years.”

Whiteley will host Morning Drive Monday-Friday, joined by weekday regular co-hosts Robert Damron, Damon Hack and Lauren Thompson. GOLF Channel analysts, contributors, and journalists will continue to make weekly guest appearances in discussing the stories of the day in the world of golf. Whiteley also will host Morning Drive on Sky Sports each Wednesday, further extending GOLF Channel and Sky Sports’ collaboration. LPGA Tour veteran Paige Mackenzie will return to Morning Drive in the fall following maternity leave. Gary Williams hosts Morning Drive on the weekends, joined by GOLF Channel insiders Jaime Diaz and Matt Adams.

Morning Drive is GOLF Channel’s daily morning news show, airing seven days a week from 7-9 a.m. ET featuring roundtable discussions and debates on the stories of the day in the world golf. Morning Drive is streamed live via GOLF Digital, as well as on the NBC Sports and GOLF Channel Apps – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming products for mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs.

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ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP’S GOLF DIVISION
NBC Sports Group’s GOLF division delivers multimedia golf content, technology and services. Anchored by GOLF Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 – GOLF content is available to nearly 500 million viewers in nine languages across more than 70 countries around the world. GOLF features more live coverage of the sport than all other U.S. networks combined, including global tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour, NCAA, THE PLAYERS, The Open, Olympics, Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Delivering unmatched coverage from the world of golf via GOLF Digital, fans can access 24/7 live streaming through the NBC Sports App, as well as complementary coverage via PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold. In addition to these all-encompassing media platforms, NBC Sports connects the world to golf through a wide array of technology and lifestyle services, including: GOLFNOW, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform; GOLF Business Solutions, solving business needs through leading technology, marketing and services; GOLFPASS, an all-in-one digital membership delivering comprehensive benefits tailored to the modern golfer’s lifestyle; Revolution GOLF, the world’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform in golf, offering best-in-class video instruction and game improvement products; GOLF Advisor, the ultimate digital destination for the traveling golfer, featuring the largest number of user-generated golf course ratings and reviews in the industry; GOLF Academy, a North American network of instructional facilities; and GOLF Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour. GOLF’s global reach originates from its world headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and extends to its international office in Belfast, Northern Ireland; regional offices across North America, Europe and Australia; and also includes collaborations with Sky Sports and serving as the Official Media Partner of St Andrews Links.

-NBC Sports Group-

Media Contact:
Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications
407-355-4058
Jeremy.Friedman@golfchannel.com

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