Euro 2012 on BBC and ITV: Who does football better?
Published Jun 13 2012, 15:43 BST | By Alex Fletcher
Euro 2012 is proving to be a fabulous festival of football for sports fans. Even England haven't started off too badly (miracles will never cease!) in the Ukraine and Poland as the tournament heads into the second round of the group stage.
But it isn't just on the field that the tackles are flying in and competition is high. The BBC and ITV are duking it out for the title of best Euro 2012 broadcaster and Digital Spy
wants to know who is winning and who has scored an own goal with their efforts so far.Team BBC
The reliable hands of Gary Lineker
skipper the BBC ship, which is more understated than previous major tournaments, perhaps in preparation for the Olympics Monster on the horizon.
Lineker and Match of the Day
pals Alan Shearer, Alan Hanson and Lee Dixon have signed up Harry Redknapp, who joins Jurgen Klinsmann, Clarence Seedorf and David James for a killer punditry lineup, which is based at BBC Sport's new home at MediaCityUK in Salford. No boozy lads' nights out in Kiev for these boys.
Jake Humphrey and Gabby Logan are on location with the England camp and touring the grounds, while Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce and Simon Brotherton head up a post-Motty lineup of commentators.
The team's big test comes on Friday (June 15), when they take over exclusive rights to the England v Sweden game.Team ITV
Adrian Chiles heads up the more relaxed ITV approach to the tournament and appears to be enjoying himself (as much as Chiles ever looks like he's enjoying himself) sunning it up and enjoying coffee table banter with his team on the streets of Poland.
Big game players Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez and Gordon Strachan have been brought in to bolster the regular ITV lineup of Gareth Southgate and Andy Townsend and they have the comfort of a specially-constructed studio in Warsaw to their advantage.
The ever-divisive Clive Tyldesley leads the commentary team with his usual gusto and enthusiasm alongside roving reporters Gabriel Clarke and Ned Boulting.
There were no major clangers in the England v France game like their infamous missed goal from World Cup 2010, but have they raised their game enough to be crowned broadcast champions over the Beeb?Who do you prefer, BBC or ITV? Vote in our poll below and let is know your verdict at the bottom of the page?