The BBC and ITV have announced the games each channel will broadcast for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, with the two terrestrial stations once again set to split the tournament coverage.
The BBC will show England’s opening two games, which will see them face Tunisia on Monday 18th June at 7.00pm and Panama on Sunday 24th June at 1.00pm. The BBC will also have the first two choices of quarter final games.
ITV will show England's final group game against Belgium and will have first pick in the round of 16. In the group games, the BBC will also show the clash between Spain and Portugal, two peak-time matches with Argentina, and two of the games with world champions Germany. Both the BBC and ITV will show the final.
Diego Maradona draws England during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday
Philip Bernie, BBC head of TV sport said: "We’re delighted with our selection of matches, which sees the BBC bring England’s first two games of the competition live to our audiences- as well as their potential quarter final. We are also very pleased to be showcasing the skills of the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in five of their group matches. The BBC is proud to be offering such an enticing array of games on football’s biggest stage, as we look to deliver to audiences unprecedented, extensive access to World Cup content across TV, radio, online and social media.”
Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, said: “The build-up to the World Cup has now begun and we’re looking forward to bringing viewers entertaining and comprehensive coverage on ITV, ITV4 and the ITV Hub, as well as on social media. Once again, the World Cup starts on ITV with the host country’s opening game on 14th June and we have live coverage of some of most outstanding matches drawn from the group stages with England vs Belgium as well as all three of tournament joint favourites Brazil’s games. ITV will have the first two picks of the first knock-out phase and the first pick of the semi-finals. ITV’s on and off screen team will be busy during the next six months preparing to bring our viewers all the best action and insight and all the stories that will shape the World Cup in Russia.”
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