Details of how the European Championship 2012 will be broadcast in the UK have been unveiled.
According to Mail Online, BBC and ITV are set to share the rights to the competition, which begins on June 8th. England’s first game is on June 11th, while Republic of Ireland’s opening match is on June 10th.
In news that may interest professionals in broadcast jobs, the BBC will screen England’s second group game against Sweden. The company also has first pick of the quarter finals and both semi-finals, making its share of the competition potentially more impressive if the team do well.
Philip Bernie, BBC head of TV sport, commented: “We are very happy with the live matches on BBC One, as they give us a strong climax to the event, with both semi-finals, as well as England’s quarter-finals if they progress.”
The Guardian noted that ITV has a larger proportion of England’s group games, screening the opener against France and the potential decider versus co-hosts Ukraine. This means they have a bigger share of guaranteed matches featuring England.
Both broadcasters will screen highlights programmes throughout the tournament, as well as sharing the rights to screen the final on July 1st 2012. Every match over the course of the competition will be shown by either ITV or BBC.