List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters

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The FIFA World Cup was first on T.V. in 1954 and is now the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games. The cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is estimated to be 26.29 billion.[1] 715.2 million individuals watched the final match of this tournament (11% of the entire population of the planet). The 2006 World Cup draw, which decided the distribution of teams into groups, was watched by 300 million viewers.[2]

Asia[edit]

Brunei[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

India[edit]

  • 2014: Sony Six all matches in SD, Sony Six HD all matches in HD, Sony Pix matches in SD that are at the same time as those shown on Sony Six, Sony Pix HD matches in HD that are at the same time as those on Sony Six HD

Indonesia[edit]

Japan[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Germany[edit]

  • 2014: ARD and ZDF

Finland[edit]

Greece[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Italy[edit]

Poland[edit]

Spain[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Over 100 nations have provided wall-to-wall coverage since the communications satellite launchings allowed for worldwide coverage beginning in 1966. European coverage of the World Cup has been extensive since 1954 (though with the World Cup held in Chile in 1962, much of the Euro coverage that year was tape-delayed).

Broadcast of the qualification for the World Cup Finals for England is currently held by ITV (terrestrial, home and away matches) with Sky holding rights for home and away matches for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These were previously held by the BBC but BBC have highlights of each home nation in their respective nation so BBC Scotland show Scotland highlights, BBC Wales show Wales highlights and BBC Northern Ireland show NI highlights.

However, coverage of the World Cup Finals is on a government mandated 'protected' list meaning it must be shown on free-to-air terrestrial television (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five) as opposed to satellite or cable television.[4] Although only one broadcaster is required, the two biggest terrestrial operators, the BBC and ITV, have always made a joint bid for coverage with broadcast of the Home Nations matches (particularly England) alternating between the broadcasters up to the later stages of the tournament. This is believed to prevent an extremely expensive bidding war for coverage between the two networks, with the current agreement running until the 2014 tournament.

Year Channel Commentators
2014 BBC Guy Mowbray
Steve Wilson
Jonathan Pearce
Simon Brotherton
Steve Bower
ITV Clive Tyldesley
Sam Matterface
Joe Speight
2010 BBC Jonathan Pearce
Steve Bower
Simon Brotherton
Steve Wilson
Guy Mowbray
ITV Clive Tyldesley
Jon Champion
Peter Drury
Ian Crocker
2006 BBC Jonathan Pearce
John Motson
Simon Brotherton
Steve Wilson
Guy Mowbray
ITV Clive Tyldesley
Jon Champion
Peter Drury
Peter Brackley
2002 BBC Barry Davies
John Motson
Tony Gubba
Steve Wilson
Rob MacLean
Ian Gwyn Hughes
ITV Clive Tyldesley
Guy Mowbray
Jon Champion
Peter Drury
Guy Havord
Peter Brackley
1998 BBC Barry Davies
John Motson
Tony Gubba
Jon Champion
Ron Jones
John Murray
ITV Peter Brackley
Brian Moore
Clive Tyldesley
Peter Drury
1994 BBC Barry Davies
John Motson
Tony Gubba
Gerald Sinstadt
Clive Tyldesley
ITV Peter Brackley
John Helm
Alan Parry
Brian Moore
Rob Palmer
1990 BBC Barry Davies
John Motson
Tony Gubba
Gerald Sinstadt
ITV Gerry Harrison
Peter Brackley
John Helm
Brian Moore
Clive Tyldesley
1986 BBC Barry Davies
John Motson
Tony Gubba
Alan Parry
Gerald Sinstadt
Archie MacPherson
ITV Gerry Harrison
Martin Tyler
Peter Brackley
John Helm
Brian Moore (Final only)
1982 BBC Barry Davies
John Motson
Tony Gubba
Alan Parry
Des Lynam
ITV Hugh Johns
Gerry Harrison
Gerald Sinstadt
Martin Tyler
John Helm
Nick Owen
1978 BBC David Coleman
Alan Weeks
Barry Davies
John Motson
ITV Hugh Johns
Gerry Harrison
Gerald Sinstadt
Martin Tyler
Arthur Montford
1974 BBC David Coleman
Alan Weeks
Barry Davies
John Motson
ITV Hugh Johns
Keith Macklin
Gerry Harrison
Gerald Sinstadt
1970 BBC David Coleman
Alan Weeks
Kenneth Wolstenholme (Final only)
Barry Davies
Idwal Robling
ITV Hugh Johns
Gerry Harrison
Gerald Sinstadt
Roger Malone
1966 BBC Kenneth Wolstenholme (Final only)
David Coleman
Frank Bough
Walley Barnes
ITV Hugh Johns (Final only)
Barry Davies
Gerry Loftus

Notes[edit]

  • In the 2006 World Cup, ITV showed two of England's three group games, with the BBC showing one. However, the BBC would then have shown England through to the final, had they made it; this would have been on an exclusive basis for the round of 16 and the quarter finals (the latter being the round where England were actually eliminated), with coverage of the semi-final and final being shared with ITV.[5] The same method was used for the 2010 World Cup, where ITV showed the first two England games, and the BBC would have shown the next two, with England's semi final shared on both channels and the Final as well, but with England eliminated in the second round, the BBC instead had the first choice of the two quarter finals, and ITV the choice of a semi final and the third place match, with both channels showing the Final.
  • For the 2014 World Cup the BBC is showing England first match against Italy with ITV showing the other 2 matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica. BBC have first choice for the 2nd round while ITV have first choice quarter final so if England get to the Quarters the match should be exclusively live on ITV.

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

CBC broadcast the FIFA World Cup in 1986, 2002 and 2010. It will also broadcast the 2014 World Cup, along with SportsNet. TSN also broadcast the FIFA World Cup in 1990, the FIFA World Cup in 1994, and the FIFA World Cup in 1998.[6] On October 27, 2011, Bell Media and TSN announced that they had secured broadcast rights for FIFA soccer from 2015 to 2022. The rights include the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup—which will be hosted in Canada.[7]

Mexico[edit]

United States[edit]

English-language television[edit]

Finals[edit]
Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
2014 ABC Ian Darke Steve McManaman Mike Tirico and Bob Ley Alexi Lalas, Santiago Solari, Michael Ballack, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gilberto Silva, Alejandro Moreno, Taylor Twellman and Kasey Keller
2010 Martin Tyler Efan Ekoku Chris Fowler and Bob Ley Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman and Ruud Gullit
2006 Dave O'Brien Marcelo Balboa Brent Musburger Eric Wynalda and Julie Foudy
2002 ABC Jack Edwards Ty Keough Terry Gannon Eric Wynalda and Giorgio Chinaglia
1998 Bob Ley Seamus Malin Brent Musburger Eric Wynalda
1994 Roger Twibell Seamus Malin and Rick Davis Jim McKay Desmond Armstrong
1990 TNT Bob Neal Mick Luckhurst Ernie Johnson, Jr.
1986 NBC Charlie Jones Rick Davis and Paul Gardner Don Criqui Seamus Malin
1982 ABC[8] Jim McKay Mario Machado and Paul Gardner Giorgio Chinaglia
1978 No coverage
1974 CBS (used BBC's feed with BBC commentators) David Coleman
1970 ABC Jim McKay
1966 NBC[9] Jim Simpson[10]
Notes[edit]

Other rounds[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
2022 Fox
2018
2014 ESPN
ESPN2
ABC
Ian Darke
Jon Champion
Derek Rae
Daniel Mann
Adrian Healey
Fernando Palomo
Steve McManaman
Taylor Twellman
Stewart Robson
Efan Ekoku
Kasey Keller
Alejandro Moreno
Roberto Martínez
Craig Burley
Mike Tirico
Bob Ley
Lynsey Hipgrave
Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alejandro Moreno, Kasey Keller, Gilberto Silva, Santiago Solari, Roberto Martínez, Taylor Twellman and Ruud van Nistelrooy
2010 ESPN[11]
ESPN2[12]
ABC][13]
Martin Tyler
Ian Darke
Derek Rae
Adrian Healey
Jim Proudfoot
Efan Ekoku
John Harkes
Ally McCoist
Robbie Mustoe
Roberto Martínez
Chris Fowler
Mike Tirico
Bob Ley
Alexi Lalas, Jürgen Klinsmann, Ruud Gullit, Steve McManaman, Shaun Bartlett and Roberto Martínez
2006 ESPN[14]
ESPN2[15]
ABC[16]
Dave O'Brien
JP Dellacamera
Rob Stone
Glenn Davis
Adrian Healey
Marcelo Balboa
John Harkes
Robin Fraser
Shep Messing
Tommy Smyth
Brent Musburger
Rece Davis
Dave Revsine
Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Julie Foudy, and Heather Mitts
2002 ESPN[17]
ESPN2[18]
ABC[19]
Jack Edwards
JP Dellacamera
Mike Hill
Glenn Davis
Ty Keough
Tommy Smyth
Seamus Malin
Shep Messing
Terry Gannon Eric Wynalda and Giorgio Chinaglia
1998 ESPN[20]
ESPN2[21]
ABC[22]
Bob Ley
Roger Twibell
JP Dellacamera
Derek Rae
Phil Schoen
Seamus Malin
Mike Hill
Bill McDermott
Tommy Smyth
Ty Keough
Brent Musburger Eric Wynalda
1994 ESPN[23]
ESPN2[24]
ABC[25]
Roger Twibell
Bob Carpenter
Bob Ley
Ian Darke
Randy Hahn
Jim Donovan
Seamus Malin and Rick Davis
Clive Charles
Ty Keough
Peter Vermes
Ron Newman
Bill McDermott
Jim McKay (ABC only) Desmond Armstrong (ABC only)
1990 TNT[26] JP Dellacamera
Randy Hahn
Rick Davis
Ty Keough
Ernie Johnson, Jr.
1986 NBC[27] Charlie Jones Rick Davis and Paul Gardner Don Criqui Seamus Malin
ESPN[28] JP Dellacamera Seamus Malin and Shep Messing
1982 PBS[29] Toby Charles None
ESPN[30] Bob Ley Seamus Malin
Notes[edit]
  • 1986 marked the first time that the World Cup had extensive live cable and network television coverage in the United States. ESPN carried most of the weekday matches while NBC did weekend games.
  • In 1990, the World Cup was covered exclusively by cable television (TNT) in the United States and had many features of the host country (Italy).
  • The 1994 American coverage had many firsts: The first with all of the matches televised, the first with no commercial interruptions during live action, and the first to feature an on-screen score & time box.
  • In 1998, all of the matches were televised in the United States live for the first time.
  • The 2002 American coverage was all live as well, in spite of the games being played in Japan and South Korea, and therefore aired in the middle of the night.
  • The 2006 coverage from Germany was fully live as well.
    • Dave O'Brien joined Marcelo Balboa on the primary broadcast team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage on ESPN and ABC Sports, despite having no experience calling soccer matches prior to that year. Because The Walt Disney Company, owner of both television outlets, retained control over on-air talent, the appointment of O'Brien as the main play-by-play voice was made over the objections of Soccer United Marketing, who wanted JP Dellacamera to continue in that role. Disney stated that their broadcast strategy was intended, in voice and style, to target the vast majority of Americans who do not follow the sport on a regular basis. Mispronunciation and incorrect addressing of names, misuse of soccer terminology, and lack of insight into tactics and history plagued the telecasts, resulting in heavy criticism from English-speaking soccer fans, many of whom ended up watching the games on Univision instead.[31][32]

Spanish-language television[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
2022 Telemundo
2018
2014 Univision Pablo Ramirez
Jorge Pérez-Navarro
Luis Omar Tapia
Enrique Bermudez
Jose Luis Perez Salido
Edgar Martinez
Jesus Bracamontes
Diego Balado
Felix Fernández
Mauro Camoranesi
Marcelo Balboa
Carlos Pavón
Ramón Ramírez
Hristo Stoichkov
2010 Pablo Ramirez
Jorge Pérez-Navarro
Jorge Ottati
Jesus Bracamontes
José Luis Chilavert
Diego Balado
2006 Pablo Ramirez
Jorge Pérez-Navarro
Bruno Vain
Jesus Bracamontes
José Luis Chilavert
Enrique Borja
2002 Pablo Ramirez
Jorge Pérez-Navarro
Luis Omar Tapia
Jesus Bracamontes
Ricardo Mayorga
Ramon Ramirez
1998 Andrés Cantor Norberto Longo
1994 Andrés Cantor Norberto Longo
1990 Andrés Cantor Norberto Longo
1986 SIN Tony Tirado Norberto Longo and Jorge Berry
1982 SIN (used Televisa's (Mexico) feed) Gerardo Pena
1978 Tony Tirado Enrique Gratas
1974 Tony Tirado
1970 Tony Tirado
Notes[edit]
  • Recently, José Luis Chilavert would occasionally join Pablo Ramirez and Jesus Bracamontes on the booth, usually during the FIFA World Cup Final match.
  • Univision will lose its 44 year transmission of the World Cup due to Telemundo buying rights.

South America[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Perú[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup broadcast wider, longer and farther than ever before, FIFA. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Socceroos face major challenge: Hiddink, ABC Sport, December 10, 2005. Retrieved May 13, 2006.
  3. ^ http://info.singtel.com/node/13285
  4. ^ "Free-to-air TV sport reconsidered". BBC News. 2008-09-26. 
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2006/02_february/06/world.shtml
  6. ^ Harrison, Doug (2012-08-14). "CBC, Sportsnet deal broadens FIFA coverage". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Bell Media lands deal for FIFA soccer from 2015 through 2022". TSN. 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1982 FIFA World Cup on ABC
  9. ^ That's a big change from the first U.S. World Cup telecast, when NBC rebroadcast the BBC's coverage of England's win over Germany in the 1966 final. As recently as 1978, the tournament wasn't on U.S. TV at all, with closed circuit transmissions the preferred method. ABC televised the 1982 final, and ESPN, PBS and the Spanish network SIN combined to broadcast the other games. Four years later, at the tournament in Mexico, only 22 matches were shown on U.S. English-language television - 15 on ESPN and seven on NBC.
  10. ^ Aug 2, 1966 - Baseball's World Series, hockey's Stanley Cup, the National Football League Championship and Kentucky Derby became also rans in drama and international ... De spite errors in soccer terminology, NBC's Jim Simpson did an adequate job of commenting in the interests of American viewers, ...
  11. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2010 FIFA World Cup on ESPN
  12. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2010 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2
  13. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2010 FIFA World Cup on ABC
  14. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2006 FIFA World Cup on ESPN
  15. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2006 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2
  16. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2006 FIFA World Cup on ABC
  17. ^ Google Search (timelime) - 2002 FIFA World Cup on ESPN
  18. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2002 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2
  19. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 2002 FIFA World Cup on ABC
  20. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1998 FIFA World Cup on ESPN
  21. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1998 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2
  22. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1998 FIFA World Cup on ABC
  23. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1994 FIFA World Cup on ESPN
  24. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1994 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2
  25. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1994 FIFA World Cup on ABC
  26. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1990 FIFA World Cup on TNT
  27. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1986 FIFA World Cup on NBC
  28. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1986 FIA World Cup on ESPN
  29. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1982 FIFA World Cup on PBS
  30. ^ Google Search (timeline) - 1982 FIFA World Cup on ESPN
  31. ^ Fatsis, Stefan. "Fans Say ESPN's World Cup Coverage Deserves Penalty," The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, July 5, 2006.
  32. ^ Sports Media Watch presents the ten worst personnel moves of the 2000s. #5: Dave O'Brien calls the World Cup (2006, ESPN)

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