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Fuji hogs the horizon as ITV fails to park stereotypes but passes World Cup test | Simon Burnton

Japanese cliches, popular victors and a confusing tackle ‘demonstration area’ made for interesting viewing on day oneClose your eyes and design, in the realm of your imagination, a Japan-themed TV studio. Come back whenever you’re ready. Of course you’…

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An armchair guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan | Barry Glendenning

Early-morning kick-offs, a special gizmo in the ITV studio and how to adopt Japanese customs, even while drinkingWhile this year’s Rugby World Cup is being staged in the Land of the Rising Sun, the time difference between Japan and Europe means rugby d…

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Sky Sports Racing secures rights to broadcast French racing from January

• Coverage will switch from Racing UK, which shows Irish racing• Sky now expected to push ITV for showpiece events from 2020Sky Sports Racing, which will replace the At The Races digital channel in 14 million homes in Britain and Ireland from 2019, con…

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World Cup final TV battle: BBC goes for goosebumps as ITV pitches to fans | Paul MacInnes

Neither channel got its World Cup final coverage exactly right but each provided a unique perspective on the same eventIt is a job few broadcasters can manage, persuading people to follow you to BBC Two for the tennis while at the same time convincing …

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England’s dream over but on ITV Roy Keane’s fun was just beginning

The absence of Slaven Bilic from the studio was an early blow but later Keane seemed to take a little bit too much pleasure in England’s defeat for Ian Wright’s likingBefore kick-off ITV tried to enhance the excitement by transmitting rallying cries fr…

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England’s dream over but on ITV Roy Keane’s fun was just beginning

The absence of Slaven Bilic from the studio was an early blow but later Keane seemed to take a little bit too much pleasure in England’s defeat for Ian Wright’s likingBefore kick-off ITV tried to enhance the excitement by transmitting rallying cries fr…

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Livestream of England match will have 20-second delay, says BBC

Millions are expected to watch quarter-final game against Sweden on mobile or big screenMillions of Britons unable to get close to a television will spend Saturday afternoon watching England’s World Cup quarter-final match livestreamed on to their mobi…

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More than 24 million people watch England’s penalty shootout win

Game as a whole seen by 16.5 million people on average, with figures a boon for ITVMore than 24 million people in the UK watched Eric Dier score England’s winning penalty against Colombia on Tuesday night, making the World Cup last 16 match one of the …

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BBC getting the better of ITV in battle of the World Cup pundits

Gary Lineker has led a largely stellar cast of voices while on the other side Eni Aluko has shone and Patrice Evra was a disasterMain host: Gary Lineker Continue reading…

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Pundit challenged over clapping female host’s World Cup analysis

Patrice Evra’s applause for Eni Aluko was ‘sexist’, according to social media criticsITV moved to avoid a sexism row last night as the former footballer Patrice Evra was advised to modify his interaction with his fellow World Cup pundit Eni Aluko after…

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BBC goes safer and surer in round one of World Cup battle with ITV

Gary Lineker’s early Salah joke baffled his pundits, but corporation’s coverage looks good for the long haul• How BBC made its World Cup trailer entirely out of tapestryThe BBC started its World Cup coverage with a moody montage of Mohamed Salah and Lu…

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Slaven Bilic shines but it’s never all right on the night for ITV | Jacob Steinberg

Viewers watching the World Cup opening game on ITV website see adverts instead of first 30 seconds of Russia v Saudi ArabiaAt times like these there are two choices available. The first is to get very cross with ITV. But that seems less fun than option…

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‘Jacqui took a bullet for us’: the women with key World Cup reporting roles

There will be more women than ever before broadcasting to British homes from RussiaIn 2007, when Jacqui Oatley became Match of the Day’s first female commentator, one tabloid newspaper greeted the news with the headline “From Motty to Totty”, which the…

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World Cup TV guide: the presenters, pundits and what’s on where | Paul MacInnes

With matches running from 11am to 9pm BST and highlights shows on top, there’s a lot to watch. Here’s how it all breaks downEnglish football fans have spurned the chance to visit Russia in their droves. According to Fifa, more match tickets have been s…

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Captain Sarah Hunter says England have belief to beat New Zealand

• World Cup holders make Saturday’s final after 20-3 win over France
• ITV confirms final will be broadcast on its main channel

The England captain Sarah Hunter insists the Red Roses have nothing to fear from New Zealand after reaching the Women’s World Cup final with a gutsy 20-3 victory over France. Tries from the 20-year-old prop Sarah Bern and Megan Jones sealed their place in the final, having faced down a ferocious first-half onslaught from France. England are the defending champions but before that lost three consecutive finals to the Black Ferns, who overcame the USA 45-12 in the other semi-final.

England, however, claimed a first away win over New Zealand for 16 years in June, but Hunter believes past meetings will count for little on Saturday. “I am ecstatic to make another World Cup final,” she said.

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ECB starts process for new T20 format but county official reveals ‘gun to head’ tactics

• County official calls ECB tactics ‘gun to the head stuff’
• ECB is confident of sparking a bidding war over broadcast rights

Colin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has triggered the process required for the creation of the new domestic Twenty20 tournament from 2020 onwards, describing it as a “watershed moment” for the sport.

While there has been grumbling behind the scenes – one county official told the Guardian some of the tactics employed had been “gun to the head stuff” – only a postal ballot of the 41 ECB members remains before the ECB can sell television rights for the competition that will feature eight new regional teams and run during the school holidays.

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ITV Racing team falter at first fence on their Cheltenham debut

Social media critics have little sympathy for ITV’s drenched Ed Chamberlin and Sir Anthony McCoy but there were plenty of signs the presenters will be a polished crew by Festival time

It was like one of those days when you’ve backed some newcomer to the track that has a great home reputation and a classy pedigree, only to see it come out of the stalls sideways and trail the field by five lengths after 100 yards. ITV Racing’s impressive roster of talent did not combine to make the powerful, confident first broadcast for which producers must have hoped as the channel ended its 30-year absence from the track but there were enough promising signs to suggest that future efforts will leave this first spin far behind.

It was a brave decision to ditch the on-course studio employed by Channel 4 and put the main presenters in the middle of the paddock and on balance it still feels like the right call, drawing the viewer right into the atmosphere of the day’s racing. Unfortunately, the atmosphere on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham was sopping wet.

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ITV makes last throw of dice in racing’s Get-out-of-Trouble Stakes | Matthew Engel

The broadcaster takes over the television coverage in 2017 – but mostly on ITV4, no one’s first port of call unless they are really obsessed with Ironside and Minder

I expect to spend both Monday and Tuesday afternoon with a group of old sporting friends. Most of them I will never see again. The following week another crowd will be there instead – and they will not be spending time paying tribute to their predecessors.

Related: Disqualified jockey James McDonald released from Godolphin contract

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Hillsborough disaster evidence from Sir Dave Richards called into doubt – video

Doubts have been cast over the evidence about the Hillsborough disaster given by former Premier League chairman, Sir Dave Richards. Richards made a similar statement to the Sun newspaper’s, that Liverpool fans had shouted a lewd comment at a female casualty being carried by police. Analysis of Richards’s evidence is included in a documentary, Hillsborough: Smears, Survivors and the Search for the Truth, to be shown on ITV on Monday night (10.40pm)

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Dave Lanning obituary

ITV and Sky darts commentator who brought the sport out of working men’s clubs into the mainstream

The journalist and commentator Dave Lanning, who has died aged 78, covered sports as diverse as speedway (his first love), stock-car racing, motocross and arm wrestling, but was best known as a commentator on darts, often alongside his great friend Sid Waddell.

A major breakthrough for televised darts coverage came in 1972 when John Bromley, the head of ITV Sport, was persuaded by the News of the World to give the final of the newspaper’s darts championship airtime on World of Sport. “This really started things,” Lanning said in 2011. He was asked to commentate on this first “live” networked transmission of darts action. The News of the World championship, held at the Alexandra Palace, north London, had a live audience of more than 12,000 darts fans, and the TV coverage was a massive success, attracting an audience of 3 million.

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