SOFA SERVICE

Eight games into Euro 2012, it is ITV winning the punditry duel

Much-mocked broadcasters producing more entertaining TV so far

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The excessive ad breaks, Adrian Chiles’ overplayed real fan shtick, the semi-scripted commentators and often overegged pro-England coverage often see ITV used as a criticism sponge to soak up much of the dismay directed at British football coverage.

Over a quarter of the way into Euro 2012 though, the reality is that their broadcasts have [...]

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PREDICTION TIME

The BBC Euro 2012 pundits are off to an impressive start

Hansen and Shearer raise eyebrows with wild pre-tournament picks

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The BBC asked its 16 finest football presenters, pundits and commentators to name their Euro 2012 winners, runners-up, semi-finalists, 14 of the crowd giving boldness the elbow by tipping Spain or Germany as their champions.

Alan Hansen found another way to enrich the blandness of choosing Holland and Germany to join Spain in the semi-finals [...]

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Money well spent?

It costs a fair bit of cash to get the MOTD boys home

If your minicab’s not booked, it’s just a stranger’s car   

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According to The Sun:

“The BBC spends £2,000 every week ferrying Match Of The Day football pundits Mark Lawrenson, Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen from the London studio back to their homes in Newcastle and Merseyside.”

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IN STORES NOW!

The Spoiler presents: Football commentator top trumps

Gotta collect ‘em all!

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Britain collectively released a heavy-hearted sigh on Wednesday morning (what, you didn’t hear it?), as the official TV listings for World Cup 2010 were released. ITV have got this lot, the BBC are showing these… to The Spoiler, none of it really matters, since watching [...]

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