Euro 2024 Broadcasters Battle

Euro 2024 Broadcasters Battle

Stock the fridge with beers, fetch a trolley-load of your favourite snacks and secure prime position on the sofa for the next month.

The BBC and ITV have pulled out all of the stops to keep us entertained and informed from the comfort of our living rooms – but who comes out on top in the battle of the broadcasters?

Gary Lineker, Laura Woods and more will be leading the ways for their respective stations as they go head-to-head to provide the best coverage to the nation watching in hope as England try their hands at another tournament.

It will be the studio rather than the pitch where they will do battle, but it is nonetheless a duel that will grip the nation.

Mail Sport outlines who will be on our screens throughout the duration of the month-long tournament. 

BBC and ITV will do battle in the studios when it comes to their Euro 2024 coverage this month

Laura Woods (pictured) will be the lead presented on ITV, with Gary Lineker facing the BBC

Laura Woods (pictured) will be the lead presented on ITV, with Gary Lineker facing the BBC

Presenters 

Quite how Gary Lineker will contain his excitement at leading the BBC’s coverage during a general election campaign remains to be seen. Stick to what you’re best at please, Gary.

The Beeb’s other big hitters include the versatile Gabby Logan, who will have earned her holiday by the end of this summer’s Euros and Olympics double whammy.

It’s a team of two for ITV: Mark Pougatch, a man with spades of experience and the charm of an uncle you actually want to sit next to at family functions, and Laura Woods, whose brilliance is exemplified in the way she allows those around her to shine.

BBC 9 ITV 8.5 (out of 10)

 

Pundits 

This is where the battle properly hots up between TV execs who have spent a small fortune to land the biggest names. The Plymouth manager probably wasn’t top of the Beeb’s wishlist but that is who they have landed in Wayne Rooney.

He may not be as eloquent as his contemporaries, but Rooney’s laid-back demeanour and searingly honest assessments make him a captivating watch. The same can’t be said about a rather bland supporting cast, though Micah Richards is sure to raise a few laughs, even if it’s usually as the butt of Lineker’s jokes.

It looked set to be slim pickings for Scottish viewers until the Beeb landed David Moyes, one of the most passionate football men around. The continental offering isn’t too shabby, either. Euros winner Cesc Fabregas is signed up, as is Brentford boss Thomas Frank, who has proved a hit for his analysis during his limited TV appearances to date.

Over at ITV Towers, let’s hope security are on hand with the prospect of straight-talking Graeme Souness, hard man Roy Keane and ‘Big’ Ange Postecoglou sharing a studio. The Tottenham boss isn’t always the cheeriest chap in front of the camera but perhaps his mood will have lightened after a few weeks away from Daniel Levy…

Ian Wright’s rise from class clown to national treasure as a broadcaster has been remarkable. Enjoy him while you can: his TV appearances will be increasingly few and far between having hung up his Match of the Day mic last month. No Manchester United (or antagonist-in-chief Jamie Carragher), meanwhile, means Gary Neville may even give good, old-fashioned broadcasting neutrality a go for a few weeks.

It’s a good summer to be a Championship manager, with Sheffield Wednesday’s German boss Danny Rohl on board to run the Rohl over the hosts.

BBC 7 ITV 8

ITV are already ahead in the scoring after securing Roy Keane to work as a pundit throughout the competition

ITV are already ahead in the scoring after securing Roy Keane to work as a pundit throughout the competition

Graeme Souness, who spent last season off of Sky TV, will also be on the punditry panel

Graeme Souness, who spent last season off of Sky TV, will also be on the punditry panel

 

Commentators 

It’S the usual voices of Match of the Day for the BBC, with Guy Mowbray leading the team. His opposite number at ITV, Sam Matterface, divides the football public but he’s mellowed nicely into his role as the broadcaster’s go-to man for the big occasions.

No doubt ITV have got the star man in this field, though, in the unrivalled Clive Tyldesley. His absence from our TVs has only made the heart grow fonder.

BBC 7.5 ITV 8

 

Co-commentators

Alan Shearer has grown into his co-commentary skin with the BBC after a stiff introduction, and Jermaine Jenas will swap interviewing A-Listers on The One Show for talking tactics in Germany — though I’ll leave it to you to decide where he is better suited.

Jenas may lack oomph, but Martin Keown won’t hesitate in sticking the boot in on some dodgy defending when he sees it.

Ally McCoist holds the rare honour of being a Scot loved both north and south of the border. He’ll be doing the heavy lifting for Team ITV, though, with the prospect of Lee Dixon as an accompaniment to England’s matches feeling underwhelming to say the least.

BBC 7.5 ITV 7

BBC-ever-present Alan Shearer is set to continue his run as a co-commentator in Germany

BBC-ever-present Alan Shearer is set to continue his run as a co-commentator in Germany

Ally McCoist, meanwhile, will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting in ITV's commentary booth

Ally McCoist, meanwhile, will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting in ITV’s commentary booth

 

Final scores: BBC 31, ITV 31.5

Just like a cagey group-stage encounter, there isn’t a lot to separate the sides, but it’s a narrow win for ITV.

PS: Beware the ITV curse. They have shown each of England’s last five eliminations from major tournaments — and ITV are set to show three out of four of England’s potential knockout games in Germany. Petition for a switch, anyone?

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