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World Cup coverage plan confirmed by BBC and ITV

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England's matches from the final group game onwards will be on BBC Sport

The BBC and ITV have confirmed the split of matches for this summer's World Cup, with the BBC having first pick of last-16 and quarter-final ties.

Both will show the final and any semi-final featuring England, while ITV will show the play-off for third place.

ITV will show England's games against the United States and Algeria, with the BBC showing their match with Slovenia.

The opener between South Africa and Mexico is on ITV and both broadcasters will also show their matches online.

The tournament starts on Friday 11 June and the BBC begins its coverage with the opening-day match between France and Uruguay.

The BBC has some of the most appetising of the group fixtures, and will be showing live every England match from their final group game onwards

Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport

England's match against US is one of two matches on ITV the following day, with Argentina's opening fixture against Nigeria on BBC Sport.

ITV will show Fabio Capello's England side against Algeria on Friday 18 June, while their match against Slovenia on 23 June is on the BBC along with the other remaining Group C clash between the USA and Algeria.

Other potential highlights of the group stage include Brazil v Ivory Coast (BBC, 20 June), France v South Africa (ITV, 22 June) Ghana v Germany (ITV, 23 June) and Portugal v Brazil (BBC, 25 June).

The broadcasters will split the last-16 and quarter-final ties, though the BBC will have first choice of matches and so will show England's matches if they progress.

"The BBC are very happy with how the TV split of matches for the World cup has been resolved," Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport said.

"The BBC has some of the most appetising of the group fixtures, and will be showing live every England match from their final group game onwards, so we hope to be with them for a long and successful campaign.

"The BBC will aim again to capture the very best of the biggest event of the year across all its outlets, on TV, on radio and online."

Niall Sloane, ITV's Controller of Sport, added: "We're delighted that ITV will kick off coverage of this summer's World Cup and that England's two opening games will be shown live on ITV1 in peak time.

"There is no bigger event on UK television or online than the World Cup and ITV will be at the heart of the action from the first kick through to the final whistle."



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see also
World Cup beyond England - Hurst
06 Mar 10 |  World Cup 2010
Capello confirms World Cup base
23 Feb 10 |  World Cup 2010


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