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The 2014 FIFA World Cup on BBC Television

The 2014 FIFA World Cup on BBC Television

Live matches will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website, with simultaneous games on BBC Three and BBC Three HD and the red button. BBC Two and BBC Two HD will host a morning catch up highlights programme and full match replays of the game of the day. The coverage across channels adds up to over 160 hours of domestic TV from Brazil, over 50% more than from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. There will also be four documentaries and a range of other World Cup related programmes on offer for viewers (see tab on additional programming for more information on these).BBC coverage starts with a huge opening week of programming on BBC One and BBC One HD that includes documentaries hosted by David Beckham and Gary Lineker, England’s opening game and a raft of great live matches scheduled at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm.Gary Lineker kicks off proceedings on Wednesday 11 June at 22.35 on BBC One and BBC One HD with a preview show of the very latest comment, analysis and predictions before the tournament starts the following day. Live football coverage starts on Friday 13 June with a repeat of the 2010 final as Spain take on the Netherlands, from 19.30 (KO 20.00). England’s long awaited opening World Cup match against Italy will be live on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 14 June from 22.20 (KO 23.00). And the climax of the opening week provides the first sight of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, as he attempts to light up the iconic Maracana Stadium on Sunday 15 June as Argentina play debutants Bosnia Herzegovinia (KO 23.00).Gary Lineker leads the TV team and he will be joined by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, France legend and World Cup winner Thierry Henry, former Dutch international and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf, and Celtic manager and former Northern Ireland midfielder Neil Lennon.They will work as expert pundits alongside MOTD regulars and former Internationals Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, Robbie Savage, Danny Murphy and Phil Neville. Savage, Neville and Murphy are also on co commentary duties with Mark Lawrenson, Martin Keown and Kevin Kilbane.There will be a range of social media integrations in the BBC’s television coverage, including live voting to enable viewers to share their views on key incidents. There will also be regular curation of the best user generated content around the event into the broadcast and the opportunity for viewers to interact with presenters and pundits through social media question and answer sessions on platforms including Facebook and Twitter.Mark Chapman and Dan Walker will present a range of content and support programming, across TV and radio, including the daily highlights show at 07.30 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. The programme will repeat on the red button and be available on BBC iPlayer. Dan Walker will also present 10 episodes of Football Focus simulcast on the red button and to global audiences across BBC World News.In addition, every night after midnight, BBC Two and BBC Two HD will show a full match replay of the best game of the day (from both BBC and ITV live games). All content will be available to watch again for seven days on BBC iPlayer.Gabby Logan will be out and about with the England team, bringing all the news and reports from their camp in Rio. Jason Mohammad will be our roving reporter throughout the tournament with all the news, stories and atmosphere in Brazil.Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton and Steve Bower will form our highly experienced lead commentary team.Legendary commentator John Motson will be providing a range of content from the UK to audiences across TV, radio and online. Using his considerable insight and experience from 10 World Cup finals and four decades of covering major tournaments, Motty will deliver his unique take on events in Brazil.

Three Fifa World Cup officials took bribes

Three Fifa World Cup officials took bribes

The BBC has received criticism over the timing of the programme, which comes ahead of Thursday vote by Fifa executive committee on who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.England is competing with Russia, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium to host the 2018 tournament.The BBC has defended the timing of Panorama, saying the programme is in the public interest.But Andy Anson, the head of England 2018 bid, told the BBC he was “disappointed with the timing” of the programme.”It is certainly not going to win us any votes so we just have to see what happens tonight and move on,” he said.He added that members of the Fifa executive committee worked closely with each other “and of course if one of them gets hurt the others feel it. That just life”.In a statement following the Panorama broadcast, England 2018 said the programme was “an embarrassment” to the BBC.”We stand by our previous position that the BBC Panorama did nothing more than rake over a series of historical allegations none of which are relevant to the current bidding process. It should be seen as an embarrassment to the BBC.The alleged bribes to the three members of Fifa executive committee were paid by sports marketing company International Sport and Leisure (ISL) and date from 1989 to 1999, Panorama reports. The company collapsed in 2001.Fifa granted ISL exclusive rights to market World Cup tournaments to some of the world biggest brands and ISL received millions more from negotiating television broadcast rights.A former account manager at ISL, Roland Buechel, said staff had long suspected bribes were being paid for the lucrative Fifa contracts.”It is huge money, billions, that can be earned and all the sports marketing companies they fight, they want it,” Mr Buechel said.But Panorama has obtained a confidential ISL document which lists 175 secret payments. It shows Mr Leoz was paid a further $600,000 (384,000 using current conversions) in three instalments of $200,000.Mr Leoz did not respond to requests for comment on Panorama allegations.The second Fifa official named by the programme, Ricardo Teixeira, is head of the Brazilian Football Confederation which is responsible for staging the 2014 World Cup.The ISL list shows a front company in Liechtenstein called Sanud received 21 payments totalling $9.5m (6m).Mr Teixeira was closely linked to Sanud by an inquiry of the Brazilian senate in 2001. It found that funds from Sanud had been secretly channelled to Mr Teixeira through one of his companies.

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter called England’s bid “excellent and remarkable”, yet it was dumped out of the running in the first round after it attracted just two of the 22 votes on offer.

England’s Fifa delegate Geoff Thompson was one, the other was believed to be Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, one of those named in an investigation into corruption within football’s world governing body by the BBC’s Panorama programme.

The Daily Mirror’s front page headline is ‘SOLD’ as they ask how oil rich Russia and Qatar could possibly have persuaded Fifa to give them the World Cup.

The Sun go with ‘FIXED’ while the Daily Star shouts ‘WHAT A FIX’; the Daily Mail claims ‘THEY LIED’ and the Daily Express simply says ‘HUMILIATED’.

The Times is slightly more reserved with ‘End of the world for England’, The Independent claim ‘England fear foul play after World Cup humiliation’ and the Guardian says ‘Russia ends England’s dream of hosting 2018 World Cup’, while the Daily Telegraph believes it is a DISASTER handing the tournament to Russia and a DISGRACE that 2022 will be in Qatar.

England have only one friend in the world and he is Cameroon’s Hayatou, the lone delegate to vote for their bid despite Panorama’s allegations on Monday.

suggests that the Spain/Portugal joint bid was not helped by Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar greeting the Prime Minister of Spain in his presentation and forgetting the “and Portugal”.

El Mundo ran the headline: “The power of gas and oil.”

Dutch daily AD wrote: “With Russia and Qatar Fifa has chosen its guarantees in gold and oil,” suggesting that Fifa’s Zurich headquarters would be “swimming in banknotes”.

The United States media reacted with shock after Qatar was named as 2022 hosts ahead of its bid.”For him [Obama] to condemn the executive council of Fifa for giving Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup and describing it as wrong is shocking, because the selection process was done in a democratic and free voting based on facts and convincing components,” it stated.

But Japanese business daily Nikkei claimed their country’s bid had been scuppered by money.

“Qatar, which has never qualified for the World Cup finals, had a weapon in its abundant financial resources based on oil money,” it said.

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