Broadcasters agree on an even split for World Cup schedule

THE BBC and ITV have confirmed an even split of matches for this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

While ITV will show two of England’s three group stage games, the BBC has first pick of last 16 and quarter-final ties. Both will then show the final and any semi-final featuring Fabio Capello’s side.

The BBC kicks the tournament off with coverage of the opening-day match between France and Uruguay on Friday 11 June before ITV shows England’s match against the United States the following day.


Saturday 12 June
England v USA (ITV1, ko 3pm)

Friday 18 June
England v Algeria (ITV1, ko 7.30pm)

Wednesday 23 June
Slovenia v England (BBC1, ko 3pm)