In this, the second half of our EURO16 TV coverage article, we cover off what ITV have to offer during this Summers footballing extravaganza.
All matches will kick-off at very sensible times if your viewing in the UK – 2pm, 5pm or 8pm. The UK TV coverage listing can be found at the end of this article.
In the UK live coverage of the European Championships 2016 from France will be equally covered by the BBC and ITV. Football fans on our shores are used to this set-up by now and many have their favourite channel and presenters. Here, in the first of a two part article we cover off just what the Beeb say they will be offering during this Summer’s footballing jamboree.
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ITV Bring the Games – You Bring the Luck (with Some Gallic Flair)
For me, the most exciting thing about ITV’s coverage is Eric Cantona. The French Footballing Legend is fronting the ITV advertising campaign with a massive dollop of Gallic Flair. The angle of the campaign is that of fans and player superstition. You know the sort of thing – lucky pants, lucky coins and lucky pre-match rituals. They’ve even crow-barred in seagull references – genius!
Notable England Involvement
ITV’s answer to Gary Lineker, in the role of main presenter, is (in my opinion) the rather less well known Mark Pougatch. Apart from his undeniably amusing surname, Pougatch brings 24 years of sports reporting experience to his role as ITV Main Presenter of football coverage, replacing Adrian Chiles in early 2015. Ironically, Pougatch is probably best known among football fans for his involvement in football coverage on the BBC Radio network.
The most recognisable faces in the ITV studio are likely to be former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, former England manager Glenn Hoddle and former Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon.
Occasionally joining in the fun will be a wealth of footballing royalty, including Slaven Bilic, Lothar Matthaus, Peter Crouch, Tony Pulis, Emmanuel Petit, Christian Karembeu, Louis Saha, Norman Whiteside, Eniola Aluko and Richard Dunne.
Jacqui Oatley will also join the team as a presenter with commentary duties falling to Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Joe Speight and David Stowell. Co-commentary will be provided by Andy Townsend and Iain Dowie.
“Euro 2016 is one of the most anticipated football tournaments in recent memory for fans in the British Isles, with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland having qualified and the action taking place just a hop across the English Channel.
With a range of football figures from both at home and abroad who have an abundance of expertise, passion and personality as well as comprehensive plans to bring to our viewers at home all the insight and action on air and online, we’re looking forward to a tournament to remember.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport
BBC: England Captains and Continental Flair
The BBC were the first of the big two to reveal their EURO16 line-up. You can see just what they have to offer in the first part of this article: EURO16 – TV Coverage: BBC
Here you can see on which channel each of the matches will be shown. We’ll update the TBA later rounds as and when they are known. You can enter anything you like in the search box – so you could look for ‘Wales’ matches or games on a ‘Saturday’ for example. There’s no need to press enter, the results will update as you go.[table “EURO1_TV” not found /]