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How BBC kept Match of the Day from ITV’s clutches

FOOTBALL fans who don’t look at the Premier League goals on Twitter or streamed matches over the web, can delight in the news that BBC has retained the rights to show Premier League highlights on Saturday nights.

On the Daily Mirror, Alex Richards reports:

Match of the Day will remain on our screens for three more years after the BBC retained the rights to Premier League highlights in a deal worth £204million. That is a 15 percent rise on the last rights deal – which cost the BBC £179.7million – despite no bid from ITV, who had been expected to provide competition.

Or as the Daily Mirror says: “The corporation saw off ITV with a £204million bid…”


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Also, The BBC owns the rights to Match of the Day. It owns the title. No bid required.

Such are the facts…

Such are the facts…


Posted: 2nd, February 2015 | In: Sports, TV & Radio | Comment

Bad News: ITV want the Premier League highlights back

THERE’S nothing quite as morbid and depressing as watching football coverage on ITV. In Adrian Chiles, you have a man who looks like pudding doing an impression of. the. slow. concentration. of. Tim. Love. Joy. and in Andy Townsend, you have a man paid huge sums to point out things that have happened in play, a full 5 seconds after the viewers at home have already noticed.

Then there’s Clive Tyldesley, who can’t be arsed learning the names of foreign played (notably, James Rodriguez) and who is in possession of a faux-grandiosity that is as irritating as it is insincere.

So, the bad news is that ITV are hoping to steal the Premier League highlights from the BBC and Match of the Day. You can almost hear U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ striking up and Matt Smith blankly looking into camera.

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Posted: 20th, November 2014 | In: Sports, TV & Radio | Comment

Is Gary Lineker leaving Match of the Day?

THE BBC’s Match of the Day may never be the same again, as it is rumoured that Gary Lineker will be taking his creosote tan, despairing lack of buttons on his shirt and fixed-murderer grin away from Auntie and to pastures new.

Lineker’s contract with the BBC is due to end soon, and BT – which paid £788 million to air 38 premier league matches from 2013 to 2016 – is keen to have a big face represent the brand when it kicks off. And Lineker is deemed to have a face large enough. Must be the ears.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2012 | In: Sports | Comments (2)

BBC pundit compares football tackle to rape

ALAN Pardew’s punditry career is in the toilet – much like his managerial career, then – after he compared a Michael Essien tackle to “rape”. Oops.

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Posted: 17th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1)