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BBC unveils new regional Football League magazine show

Football League fans across England will be given unparalleled access to their teams from early next year with a new Monday night regional magazine show called Late Kick Off.

The programme will have a different version in each of seven regions allowing the focus to remain on the clubs local to that area and offering fans more in depth coverage behind-the-scenes of the teams, players, managers and backroom stories.

The show, which starts on 18 January 2010 on BBC One at 11.15pm, will get right to the heart of local football with a mix of discussion, opinion, interviews and match analysis.

Bringing all the drama and action from each division it will be more than just a highlights programme.

It will feature all Football League clubs in England and promises to get to grips with the issues fans want to talk about as well as giving some insightful reports both on and off the pitch.

The programme will go out in the North West; North East and Cumbria; Yorkshire and Lincolnshire; West and East Midlands; the East; London and South East; and the combined South, West and South West.

Presenters of each regional show will bring their own sporting expertise to the programme and will be joined each week by different guests and pundits from the world of football.

Fans won't have to miss a thing as the programmes will also be on BBC iPlayer.

Late Kick Off complements coverage of the Football League which returned to the BBC in August for the first time since 1988 building on the success of the network highlights programme, The Football League Show, along with live coverage of two League Cup semi-finals and the League final.

Along with action from the Premier League on Match Of The Day and BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC provides sports fans with access to all the goals and all the action, the length and breadth of the country.

David Holdsworth, Controller of English Regions, said: "Late Kick Off is good news for Football League fans who'll get to see more of their local teams on television but in a way they may not have seen before.

"They'll get to see the goal action but we'll also examine stories and issues of the day from a different perspective, providing high quality sports journalism.

"Added to that we will be going behind the scenes at the clubs giving an insight in to what really goes on, with access to players, managers and backroom staff."

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