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6 items from 2015


Ad break: Honda, Betfair, Heineken, The Today Programme, Walkers - video

23 February 2015 5:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This week's Ad break opens with a clever advert for Honda which challenges viewers to keep up with some fast-moving wordplay, and closes with a new Walkers commercial which sees the tables being turned on Gary Lineker. In between, Betfair has the strangest horse race you're ever likely to see; a Heineken drinker goes to extraordinary lengths to watch Champions League football; and a BBC film promoting Radio 4's Today programme illustrates the power of the spoken word Continue reading »

- Jason Stone

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10 Players You Didn’t Know Nearly Signed For Leicester City

21 February 2015 5:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Leicester City could certainly never claim to be one of Britain’s most successful or glamorous clubs but they have always been there or there abouts in the top echelons of English football, only dropping out of the top two divisions of the Football League for the first time in 2008.

Up until 2010 they were far from financially well off, flirting dangerously with liquidation in 2002 until club legend Gary Lineker led a consortium to save the club. But at the start of the new decade the club were purchased by ambitious Thai owners and with the purchase came a number of transfer rumours and stories that the club had never previously experienced.

They soon hired Sven Goran Eriksson and inevitably came the speculation that follows the Swede wherever he touches down as he attempted to exhaust every link, friendship and favour he has around the »

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Match of the Day to stay: BBC keeps Premier League highlights for three years

29 January 2015 7:47 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC will continue to broadcast Premier League highlights for at least the next three years with a new multi-year contract awarded to Match of the Day.

Director of television at the BBC Danny Cohen confirmed the news today (January 29).

"We're keeping Premier League highlights on BBC for a further three years through to and including the 2018/19 season," read a post on the programme's official Twitter feed.

Cohen added: "Brilliant news that the BBC has won a new multi-year contract for Match of the Day. #Ilovematchoftheday @Bbcmotd."

Included in the new agreement is Match of the Day's current Sunday morning repeats, spin-off show MOTD2, Football Focus, and a new midweek show to be broadcast on Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

We're keeping Premier League highlights on BBC for a further 3 years through to & including the 2018/19 season! #Motd pic.twitter.com/cVD4S8nBJv

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Gary Lineker to sign for BT Sport from 2016?

26 January 2015 6:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gary Lineker is reportedly having serious discussions with BT Sport over a potential deal.

The pay-tv channel is thought to be negotiating a contract with the BBC presenter, in which he would host its Champions League coverage next season, Broadcast reports.

However, any possible deal would likely see Lineker remain a key presenter at the BBC.

BBC insiders have stated that the corporation is prepared to be flexible about his contract, which is thought to expire in spring 2016. His current contract states that he can only present sport on UK television for the BBC, but this could be renegotiated.

The report comes weeks after ITV was said to be interested in securing Premier League highlights rights from the BBC, after they become available from the 2015/16 season.

Lineker has previously presented the Champions League for Al Jazeera, and currently hosts Premier League coverage for American network NBC.

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Celebrity Big Brother Live Eviction watched by 2.2 million

24 January 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 2.29 million (9.6%) on Channel 5 yesterday evening (January 23).

Down by more than 600k on last Friday's live show, the latest episode was seen by a further 348k (2.0%) on Channel 5+1.

An average audience of 995k (6.3%) watched Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side from 10-11.30pm.

Channel 5 also secured 336k (1.6%) for Race to the Pole at 7pm, followed by 879k (3.9%) for Ice Road Truckers at 8pm.

With an average audience of 5.82 million (25.3%), BBC One's live coverage of the Fa Cup fourth-round match between Cambridge and Manchester United was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

It was preceded by The One Show, which entertained 4.5 million (22.2%) at 7pm.

With guests including Gary Lineker, Jessica Chastain and McBusted, The Graham Norton Show rounded the evening off with 3.42 million (24.8%) at 10.35pm.

Over on ITV, Benidorm entertained 4.03 million (16.9%) at 9pm, while The Martin Lewis »

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Adrian Chiles replaced by Mark Pougatch on ITV with immediate effect

23 January 2015 3:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Adrian Chiles has been replaced as the lead presenter of ITV's football coverage with immediate effect.

ITV has not given a reason for the change.

Pougatch said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining ITV and to be given this great opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to working with ITV's talented pool of commentators and pundits on some of the very best football there is."

ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane added: "Mark is a highly-respected sports journalist and an outstanding broadcaster.

"We're delighted to welcome Mark to the ITV Sport team."

In Defence of... ITV Sport

Pougatch will host ITV's next live football match, the Champions' League clash between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain on February 17.

He is understood to be continuing to work for rival BBC Radio 5 Live despite his new appointment.

Earlier this month, it emerged that pundit Andy Townsend and presenter Matt Smith would be leaving their roles at the broadcaster. »

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