British sports activities journalist and presenter Kate Abdo is about to proceed being the face of soccer for Paramount Plus this season. Born in Manchester, Kate moved to Spain when she was 17, the place she discovered Spanish and completed up highschool. She then started her College life while nonetheless in Spain earlier than taking day without work to dwell in France and Germany.
After that, she returned house to graduate from the College of Salford with a First Class BA in European Languages. Alongside along with her native tongue, she is ready to converse Spanish, French, and German fluently.
Kate grew up going to Old Trafford with her Dad and is a die-hard Manchester United fan. In the meantime her Mother is a Liverpool supporter. What facet she’s on on this rivalry was by no means extra evident than final season, when she requested if Liverpool membership legend and Paramount teammate Jamie Carragher can be introduced again for subsequent 12 months’s CBS Sports activities/Paramount Plus Champions League protection, ought to Liverpool not qualify for the competitors.
Abdo then talked about how there’s a slot on Thursday nights accessible (Referring to the much less glamorous comfort bracket UEFA competitors, the Europa League).
This impressed uproarious laughter from your complete panel.
Confirmed in a media name on Thursday, the 40-year-old Mancunian will host CBS and Paramount + protection of not solely UEFA European competitions this season, but additionally Serie A and Italian Cup matches, with high tier Italian soccer broadcast rights being added to the community’s portfolio.
Talking particularly about Serie A, Abdo stated she seems to be ahead to essentially delivering “when it comes to content material and when it comes to talking to an viewers that’s educated and engaged” within the league that now has considerably of a cult following in the USA.
The press name consisted of three classes, one protecting the enterprise and company facet, one other centered on Champions League protection, and a 3rd with Italian soccer as the idea. Abdo was the media determine on the decision who took half in two of the three classes.
After starting her profession working for CNN and Sky in Germany, Abdo made the transfer to Sky Sports activities within the UK. There she turned a significant on-air expertise for the community internet hosting not solely PPV Boxing occasions but additionally European Soccer, Switch Deadline Day, and Sky Sports activities Information.
In 2015 she was loaned to sister community Fox Sports activities within the USA to host the Girls’s World Cup protection. Then in 2017, the “loan deal became permanent” when Abdo made the transfer throughout the pond to turn out to be the lead soccer presenter on the identical community.
When the channel started shedding rights to main soccer leagues, she then appeared on TNT for his or her Champions League broadcasts. Shen then left Fox Sports activities to turn out to be the lead host of CBS/Paramount+ European footballing protection.
In her quick time in the USA, she has turn out to be the face of soccer broadcasting within the nation for that community.
Exterior of her CBS/Paramount duties, she has labored for FIFA because the host of the Ballon d’Or protection.
On the 2014 version of the awards ceremony she confirmed off her multilingual expertise by interviewing contestants and company in 4 completely different languages.
She additionally nonetheless works boxing occasions for the streaming service DAZN.
With the completed, multilingual, uber-professional but additionally ultra-fun persona of Kate Abdo on the forefront of their protection, Paramount +, CBS, and their viewers are in protected fingers this season.