ITV becomes lead Europa League broadcaster

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Gomez netted in the 43rd minute before substitute Vargas capped the success in injury-time as the Serie A side sealed a victory over Dynamo Kiev - and a aggregate success. Grampian Television Central Scotland: In the mid s coverage was switched to Channel 4. Sevilla are the holders. Tyne Tees Television Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: The tournaments are The Players Championship which they had covered from to and from December — present, The European Championship which they covered previously in and , a new tournament called the Masters where the top 16 face in other in a three-day tournament, and the UK Open, otherwise known as the FA Cup of Darts, which had previously been shown on Sky.

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The bulk of the daily coverage is broadcast on ITV4 although both singles finals plus other weekend matches are shown on ITV. However, controversy reigned in when the main ITV channel stopped coverage of the men's final with four points left and sent the match to ITV4 thus denying viewers recording the match the chance to watch later and those with Freeview in some rural areas where ITV4 may not be available on Freeview the chance to see Rafael Nadal win an historic title.

Daytime action was sometimes shown on Channel 4 until However, ITV decided to axe all of its snooker after the British Open and apart from a brief return to the green baize in and , the sport was absent from ITV screens for more than 20 years. ITV Sport's award-winning [17] documentary strand has featured the stories of many sporting greats. Series 3 returns in February As well as broadcasting UK athletics, the channel also showed many of the major European evening meetings whereby ITV showed the first hour with the second hour broadcast on Channel 4.

Again, some of the coverage was broadcast on Channel 4. ITV scaled back its coverage of the sport in the early s and decided to axe all remaining athletics coverage in and the sport has subsequently never been seen on the channel.

Craig Doyle took over as presenter, while Peter Drury commentated. James Cracknell acted as a co presenter and pundit. Their only networked boxing during this period were a few fights involving Shea Neary , thanks to a contract with Merseyside promoter John Hyland. It achieved a peak audience of 6. The majority of fights were screened on ITV4 and was once again hosted by Jim Rosenthal, who made an unexpected return to ITV having previously been axed in early ITV also broadcast delayed coverage of at least one Carl Froch fight in America the night after it took place.

ITV then decided to stop covering the sport as ITV thought that boxing was no longer commercially viable. Graham Beecroft commentated on boxing on a regional basis during the late s. John Rawling and Duke McKenzie were the commentators and Gabriel Clarke provided reports and conducted interviews with the boxers.

Cricket has only been shown very occasionally on ITV. The BBC had been the major broadcaster of cricket during the 20th century until it lost all of its cricket coverage to Channel 4 in However, during the BBC's dominance of coverage of the sport ITV occasionally broadcast cricket on a regional basis, such as the Roses matches between Yorkshire and Lancashire which were shown in the north of England.

It acquired the Premiership highlights in for the —02, —03 and —04 seasons, surprising the BBC, the previous holders, and ending Match of the Day as a weekly programme. The show originally went out at 7pm, but this ended up being unpopular with viewers and advertisers. As such, the show was moved to During this period, The Goal Rush was aired on Saturday during the football matches taking place on that day to provide live scores and match reports. The programme ended in ITV held the Premiership rights for one three-year contract - the rights returned to the BBC for the start of the —05 season.

This was generally the only UK match shown live on television every season. Both broadcasters started coverage from early morning trying to gain the upper hand on their rival.

After a goalless 90 minutes, the game went to extra-time. And when young midfielder Dan Gosling scored the winner in the second half of extra-time, ITV accidentally cut to adverts, causing viewers to miss the goal.

ITV also showed coverage of the African Cup of Nations on ITV4 from with both live coverage and highlights, these rights were lost after to British Eurosport who show the tournament exclusively. ITV chose to bid for the rights due to constantly being beaten at weekends while the Grand Prix coverage was on.

ITV drew criticism for airing advertisement breaks during the races - they were obliged to take five three-minute commercial breaks during each race. In the network angered fans by running adverts during the tense conclusion to the San Marino Grand Prix. ITV repeated the last three laps after the race but were inundated with complaints from angry viewers. As a result of these complaints, the server on their website crashed and they were fined by regulator Ofcom.

An on-air apology was made before the start of the next race in Spain two weeks later. In March , ITV announced that they had enacted a clause within their contract enabling them to leave F1 coverage after the season. It is believed this was done for commercial reasons and to allow more money to be spent on securing coverage of the UEFA Champions League. The BBC retained coverage from onwards. These rights were lost to Channel 5 for the season. Again, these rights were lost to Channel 5 for the — season.

ITV4 also showed coverage of the World Rally Championship in the mid s under their speed Sunday banner and again from — again losing the rights to Channel 5. Until the mid s, horse racing was shown regularly on ITV. Racing was a mainstay of World of Sport throughout the programme's run with the ITV Seven featuring almost every week.

ITV also showed racing during the week. ITV showed many of racing's showpiece events, including all the flat racing classics, although the channel never showed The Grand National as this event was covered by the BBC. In the mid s coverage was switched to Channel 4.

In March , ITV's midweek action was moved with Saturday's racing coverage making the switch in October a week after the final edition of World of Sport was broadcast. ITV continued to broadcast coverage of The Derby , simulcasting Channel 4's coverage, but stopped doing so after the event and this was the last time that horse racing was broadcast on ITV for more than 25 years.

ITV covered the summer Olympic Games , , and Costs associated with staff working overseas prevented coverage of the Los Angeles Olympics but the Games returned to ITV screens for one last time in , sharing the coverage with Channel 4 - Channel 4 showing the overnight and breakfast coverage with ITV covering the daytime action as well as broadcasting early evening highlights programmes.

ITV has never fully broadcast the Winter Olympics , although excerpts from the Games , which were not otherwise covered in Britain, were featured in ITN bulletins.

This went to Channel 5 who now show highlights and 5 live matches. Was shown as part of ITV's flagship sports programme World of Sport until the programme was cancelled in After that, wrestling was shown as a programme in its own right, moving to a lunchtime slot.

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