There are piano players and there are piano movers.
The European Championships has changed a lot over the decades and tries to keep pace with Europe’s expansion. But it has got a little bit too big of late and like the World Cup qualifiers you have a lot of mismatches from the minnows. Even Israel are allowed into it now. As late as 1992 there were only 8 teams in the European Championship and just 16 until this year’s expansion to 24. There was only four in the first few tournaments in the 1970s. There were not even 24 countries in Europe twenty years ago, let alone enough for this event. But TV contracts and cash for votes talk and now there are 24. This method was to insure the big six are in France for the finals but Holland’s absence notable, losing an extraordinary five games in the qualification group. It almost worked.
Inevitably the European Championship of hooliganism was running alongside and England quite literary ‘knocked out’ in the first round by a vicious national service trained ultra right wing Russian mob. Even the head of the Russian version of the FBI tweeted his respect for the thug’s military precision victory. It later transpired that the thugs were indeed sent by Putin for political reasons. This is the guy that will be protecting our fans in the World Cup in Russia two years from now?? To be fair England support abroad is often uncouth and violent and so no great loss to France if we are kicked out. I’m so ashamed when this happens, France on terror alert after all.
France, Italy and Spain are the only hosts to win the championship so far of the 14 tournaments. Hosts France could well win it. The greedy expansion from 16 teams to 24 may well produce a new winner though as the teams a lot more equally matched in the Euros now, hence the goals coming late in the match, 23% in the last ten minutes so for this tournament.
=Best teams after round one of the matches in 2016=
===Previous Winners and Runners Up===
Germany – Won 3 & 3 Runners up
Spain – Won 3 & 1 Runner up
France – Won-2
Italy – Won 1 (2 Runners up)
Russia – Won-1 (3 Runners up)
Chez – Won-1(1 Runner up)
Holland – Won-1
Denmark – Won-1
Greece – Won-1
Yugoslavia – 2 Runners up
Belgium – Runners up
Portugal –Runners up
===Winner this year?===
So we all know England have never won it, that memorable semi-final with the old enemy in 1996 the highlight. Eastern Europe dominated it after the War and then the title slowly rolling west, Germany making six finals and winning three and in four of the last seven finals. Spain, of course, are on for the hatrick this year and France in the mix for three titles right on the edge of Western Europe. But Germanys World Cup record is even better and so favorites for me. In fact they have placed in the top four in seven of the last ten World Cups with three wins and three finals.
2014 World Cup – Winners
2012 European Championship – 3rd
2010 World Cup – 3rd
2008 European Championship – Runners Up
2006 World Cup – 3rd
2004 European Championship – 10th
2002 World cup – Runners Up
2000 European Championship – 14th
They have to be the clear favorites and their arrogant style why. England went 1-0 up and played really well against Russia but couldn’t stop the equalizer in the 92minute. Germany went 1-0 up and scored a second in the 92 minute, attack the best form of defense and an example why they win all the time. They are arrogant and confident as a nation. The midfield with Muller in there is very powerful and Ozil picking out killer passes. The negative is that with no out and out striker they are not scoring the goals this time. Their defense may also be a weakness, losing two qualifiers for the first time in a long time in the qualification for France. They will miss Lahm
Winners in 2008
Winners in 2012
Winners in 1964
Spanish football has a cloud over it called performance enhancing drugs. The Spanish court has decided to take a closer look at the blood bags in Dr Fuentes office. Whether they will be allowed to open and tests them is another story. If they do they may find several significant Spanish footballers taking illegal substances in the last decade. That’s why they won’t want to open them. Its well know Spanish sport had no real issue with sports people doping over the years and not until 2008 did they officially start testing proper for banned substances. Growth hormone was certainly legal in Spanish football and the reason why Messi went to Barcelona. They agreed to pay for his course of jabs when he signed schoolboy forms. Ironically he became the world’s best player since Maradona because they didn’t work. But its perfectly feasible that wide spread untested doping allowed Spain’s youngsters to be ahead of the rest of the European nations and why they now win The Champions League and Europa League every other year and on for a hatrick of European Championships to go with their World cup win in 2010.
Players wise they still mess around with that often aimless ‘ticci tacci’ thing but without a stand out striker like David Villa it’s essentially a 4-6 formation and easier to defend, Spain squeezing past an average Czech side 1-0 in the opening game but battering play-off winners Turkey 3-0 next and going through the gears. I think teams have worked out how to deal with ‘ticci’ and so I can’t see Spain getting past the Quarter Finals here. The drugs story will be on their mind as they are being tested on the new biological passport this tournament and so anyone on anything before won’t be on it here and so under performance likely in extra time as we saw in the World Cup in 2014 when they crashed out in the group stages. They won nine out of ten games qualifying though so dangerous.
3rd in 1960 and 1996.
They look talent packed and Payet and Griezman doing the business for the 7 point Group A topping performance. It’s very much on track. Lots of energy and pace in the midfield will stretch everyone. Pogba is not quite their yet but maybe this tournament will get him there. Payet is shaping up to be the player of the tournament. As one of three previous hosts to win it they have to be one of the top two favorites this year with all their games in the Parc de Paris and plenty of rest time in the knockout stage. Their weakness maybe they are French and arrogant and maybe under pressure and a goal down they will crumble. But twice winners are on for three here.
Runners up in 2000-2012
1988 Italy 3rd
1980 Italy 4th
Not anywhere near as successful at the Euros with just one win back in 1968 to their 4 World Cups over the decades you expect Italy to grind their way into the tournament, as they did in 2012 to make the final. They wont concede goals and, like England, penalties their problem. They are now unbeaten in 50 qualifiers in both World and Euros. They won their first game well pressing on their 1-0 lead to double it in injury time over the scrappy Belgium’s the way Germany did and so in the right frame of mind. A good 2-0 second match will see them top the group and play a minnow next round. But Semi Final and no more for me as they just don’t have the stand out players they used to and a goal scorer.
3rd in 1972
Belgium had a great team in the 1980s as they mimicked Dutch Total Football. But their players fell away in the Premier League this season. The Champions League introduced Bio Blood Passport testing in 2014-15 and the English teams who played in the Champions League that season have been poor this year in the Premier League. Chelsea were miles off it with an underperforming Eden Hazzard and United nowhere near with Fellaini. I just have a bad feeling about them. They have this Premier League eleven in the squad but they were poor against Italy. They beat a poor Ireland side but not winners for me.
Finalist in 2004
There is no doubt Ronaldo has made Portugal stronger and any team with a world class player can win a major championship. He has six goals in three tournaments and headed for the record nine in his fourth. But he is rarely the team man and so games are often won on his sporadic quality and killer ball or lost because he didn’t pass it or fluffed a penalty. The opponents know they always pass it to CR7 with Portugal and so can contain him. His and Nani’s talent alone will get them to the last eight but no further.
Semi-Finals in 1996.
It’s the first tournament in a very long time that England have impressed in the groupstages. I think the safety net of third place qualifying in the groups has freed up England to play some football. And that confidence could send them deep into it. We can all real of those shocking first matches. But here they had purpose and pressed forward and kept the ball for most of both games, unlucky to draw with Russia and resilient against Wales in the 2-1 comeback, the first time England has ever won a match in a major championship from being a goal down. Bringing on Rashford and Vardy for the gormless Kane and the headless chicken Sterling has ignited this young team and they could go long here. They don’t look like thy want to play for penalties anymore. As an England fan all you ask is they compete and show passion. When those things are absent you know they are scared. Fear for me is when players tell themselves it doesn’t matter if they lose the match so they mentally don’t have to win it.
If Denmark and Greece could win it then why not someone like Croatia or even Iceland? Of course that won’t happen with 32 teams but we could have a surprise semi-finalists getting lucky in a penalty shootout along the line. Wales and N.Ireland performed admirably for their wins and Bale one of the best in the world. Little Iceland’s fabulous draw against Portugal and another against Hungary suggest they may scramble past the group stages. Only 300,000 people live in Iceland and 10% of them are in France. There are only 50,000 adult males in Iceland to pick your team from. Slovakia has two excellent players in Hamsik and Weiss in attack and could also move forward to the last 8.
===Wont do much===
The Eastern Europeans of Hungary, Romania (out), Albania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine (out) were always going home early and I expect them to. Hungary won a match against fancied Austria but I can’t see those two progressing much. Europeans Rep Ireland, Turkey and Sweden look very negative and never more than one goal in them. Switzerland are in that Hungary and Czech Republic category of winning a match but not much more to come.
===Semis for me===
ITV Sport is pretty much Champions League and FA Cup football nowadays.
When I was a teenager I watched the great British fighters of the nineties like Eubank, Benn, Watson and Collins fighting on a saturday night, earlier still there was World of Sport and Saturday afternoon wrestling, at times there was Formula One racing, but now they only really have rights to show football and not particularly regularly at that.
In many ways I don't feel too sorry for them, they have a sometimes amateurish approach to football with Steve Rider presenting much in the style of a Thunderbird Puppet, Andy Townsend generally adds his views which are bland and a tad pointed. The adverts take away from the atmosphere greatly and unlike sky the emphasis does appear to be more on making money than on the football.
The coverage is pretty basic, its better to watch with the volume down, especially if the awful Clive Tyldesley is commentating as he gives his views too often and works on cliche and opinion. John Champion is a much better commentator and makes the game do the talking. As experts alongside Jim Beglin and David Pleat are fairly good offering opinion and tactical insight.
There is often a foreign guest such as Marcel Desailly or Leonardo on European nights and their eloquence and intelligence just shows up Steve Rider and Andy Townsend further.
Admittedly there is a Rugby Union Round Up show on ITV 4 at weekends and the occasional Darts event, but ITV do seem more interested in Celebrity Ice Skating or Celebrity dating, which is a shame as boxing nights used to pull in wonderful ratings and sport is a big part of our countries history and substance.
Overall ITV sport is incredibly basic dealing only with football, it is a poor relation to BBC, Sky, ESPN and in my view, it is only better than Channel 5 due to the standard of football, as 5 have a better anchor and summariser.
ITV do need to raise their game for the World Cup, they are safe, boring, overrun with adverts and unambitious.
I could spend all day describing my comtempt for the second rate coverage that ITV provide in comparison to Sky, but I'm going to focus on one area in particular that has really got my goat in this season's FA Cup coverage
I have found it baffling that by next week, Leeds United will have had games televised 5 times in 4 rounds. I'm not 100% certain of my figures, but at something like £72,000 going to each club featuring in televised games, this amounts to a £360,000 payout. As a national TV station, how can such bias be justified? There are clubs up and down the country struggling on a daily basis to survive and just one of these payments would keep the creditors at bay for a short period at least.
I accept that Leeds have had some good draws and their games have made for good viewing in this season's cup. I would have expected them to be shown in earlier rounds as the biggest club in the bottom 2 leagues but more than once a round is a bit rich isn't it? If they beat Spurs this week they are due to be shown in the next round as well!
Small clubs are still suffering now from the collapse of ITV digital and this pandering to the 'big' clubs in the lower leagues is another kick in the teeth
I'm not a huge fan of ITV sport if i'm honest, basically their sporting content now consists entirely of football as they no longer have Formula One, have given up on boxing and never really got into cricket.
To start with their boxing coverage used to be excellent with the versatile Jim Rosenthal hosting and with summary from Reg Gutteridge it was great Saturday night television, unfortunately we can only see Boxing on PPV channels now which will affect future generations in watching the sport.
Anyway back to the football, ITV has always been seen as a slightly more flashy, cheaper version of BBC football, I have to admit I do love the Champions League so do have to watch ITV, but I find it strange that the channel seems obsessed with only showing Liverpool and Manchester United games, i'm not an Arsenal fan but they are the most exciting English team to watch and yet I never see them on ITV as they prefer to show the latest dull Liverpool 0-0 draw every time.
The football on ITV is regularly punctuated by ad breaks as was most painfully shown when Everton scored in another dull 0-0 draw about 9 minutes into extra time in an FA cup match on the channel last year and ITV missed the only moment of excitement due to an ad break.
In terms of Presentation I don't find Steve Rider convincing as an ITV anchorman, he doesn't seem to love the game like someone like Jeff Stelling or Richard Keys or even Gabby Logan who was woefully underused by the channel.
The guests too can be very hit and miss, for every Marcel Desailly or inciteful foreign player we get Andy Townsend or Teddy Sherringham who are dull, listless and predictable.
The presentation is cheap, the commentary of Clive Tyldesley constantly recalls that famous night in 99 when United won the Champions League and overall its just a bit disappointing, ok at least they don't have the woeful Mark Bright who adds comedy to any BBC football show, but their choice of commentators, summarisers and guests are really hit and miss as is their choice of matches!
Having spent time abroad for many years and just recently been back to Uk on a trip I must say that ITV coverage of F1 race is better than most.
Although I personally have nothing to do with F1, my husband's family have been involved with it in a serious way for many years and it was and still is a religion to watch the race.
I went back to Uk two weeks ago and had to watch the race - Spanish GP as it was the weekend ritual and there was no way of getting out of it unless you went in another room but then that was looked at as you weren't interested or you were sulking.
So at 4pm we had dinner. Very nice it was too. The inlaws had recorded the race to watch after the meal mainly because I was a guest but usually I think the set up would be to watch the race whilst eating the meal.
Let me stress that I really didn't want to watch the race as over many years I have been subjected to motor racing and at most times apart from the days of Senna and Prost I have usually been bored. As I was a guest I thought I at least should show some consideration and watch this race. Kubica was doing well, the Polish driver, so I was interested to see how good he was.
So I must say I watched the whole race and I enjoyed it. I thought the coverage compared with foreign channels was fine. This particular race was quite dynamic as a lot of cars for one reason or another retired and there was an accident where a car crashed at 140 miles ph under the tyre barrier. Luckily the driver was okay. I know it is cruel but you have to be honest, most people like a crash or two and like it even more when there are only 4 or 5 cars left in the race.
Sorry I am rambling a bit. What I am trying to say is that I know people in Uk moan about the ITV coverage and they would love to hear Fleetwood Mac again at the start of the race which I think they will next year but honestly ITV is okay.
This Sunday I watched the coverage on polish TV and my god, I fell asleep after 4 laps then woke up and tried to be alert. Kubica was then 3rd and Hamilton was 2nd so I thought this is good - I am rooting for both but then I fell asleep again until the 20th lap. Woke up again - thought I must be alert but then fell asleep again. I woke up on the the 3rd lap from the end which by that time Massa had clinched it. I felt cheated as I had missed all of the race nearly. Was I really tired, bored or was it a boring race or bad coverage. Who knows?
My question is - is do you have to be a F1 fanatic to enjoy the race on TV? Okay the cars are out of this world design wise and mechanically sound. Some of the drivers have character and charisma but not many - not like in the old days. So do people who watch the race on TV really enjoy it or do they find it boring and fall asleep. I would love to know. Please tell me.
But compared with foreign coverage ITV is still sophistcated and I would rather watch it any day. At least I never fell asleep!!!!
why does itv feel that they have to put so many adverts into the formula one they don't do it to football you can always garantee that there will be adverts right at the vital point in the race, i prefered it when the motor racing was with bbc cause you get fuller better coverage instead of haveing a interupted race, if itv paid as much attention to the formula one as they did to football then they would have more users of there service please itv sort it out
Before we had Sky Digital installed, I used to watch I.T.V. fairly regularly, but these days I only ever watch it at other people's houses! I suppose part of the reason why I don't watch it is that we don't have a TV aerial on the roof, meaning that to get I.T.V. in our area (dodgy TV reception at best)it means I have to faff about with one of those mini aerial thingies (or the bent coat hanger that serves as one for the TV upstairs!). And to be honest, there is nothing currently showing on I.T.V. that inspires me enough to undertake the, er, faffing! (Although I may well re-think for the next series of 'Bad Girls', great programme that!) In its favour, I.T.V. is essentially a free channel, as once you have paid for your licence there is no other charge for it, but to be honest, I don't think that many people would subscribe to the channel if it wasn't free...unless of course they were die hard corrie fans! I know that a lot of people do watch I.T.V. and enjoy it, but there isn't really much in their programme schedule that interests me. I'm not really a Corrie fan, I don't like formula one and I hate the constant advert breaks during films (something you don't get, in newer films, on Sky Premier!)Day time TV is something I never watch, partly because I rarely have the time, and partly because during the day my daughter jealously guards the remote! I would say that I.T.V is an average channel with average programmes; a contender for the viewing figures when you only have 4 or 5 channels to choose from, but when offered more choice, it is simply a channel that is all too easy to ignore. As more and more channels hit the airwaves, I think that I.T.V. will need to seriously review and improve their programming schedule if they are to keep the viewers that they have now!
ITV has been given a lot of stick over its coverage of Formula 1 by the fans, including myself. The number of adverts during the qualifying and the race is far too many, and often occurs during moments we wish to see. However, you can't blame ITV for doing this, races are unpredictable. The drivers can hardly radio the commentators and say, "Hold on, I'm just about to crash, don't go to an advert break," can they? I've given up complaining about the advert breaks, it just isn't worth it, it's going to happen anyway. What really gets on my nerves is when we don't get shown the press conferences. Why? Coronation Street, that's why. Why is it that a fictional show, which can surely be shown a few minutes late, gets priority over real-life happening there and then? Unfortunately, I can't answer that question. Also, when we didn't get shown the qualifying sessions for Montreal and Indianapolis. I understand that ITV have to get as many viewers as possible, but when I had to wait for an Indiana Jones film to finish in the early hours of the morning, I was infuriated. One of the things that I loved about Formula 1 was the commentary of Martin Brundle and the great Murray Walker. Now, Murray is gone and James Allen is his replacement. How I suffered, listening to his monotonous voice drone on about tyres and pit strategy. Not that I'm against listening to talk about tyres and pit strategy. But for the whole race, I don't think so. Thank God for Martin Brundle. Still, on the whole you can't really complain about ITV. You get the race and the qualifying (mostly live), interviews with the drivers and other interesting features too (although Beverley Turner's features I do not consider interesting).
I'm not one to complain about F1 coverage but there have been a few things nagging me while watching the Grand Prix. The first is the slowmo camera. Yes it is a nifty piece of kit to show how the cars bounce over the curbs but not the same driver twenty times. They can get very boring. Don't get me wrong the camera is excellent if there was a crash over the curbs and the slowmo camera got the cars breaking up. In the German GP there was a lot of concerntration on German drivers, German manufacturers and so on. We saw Trulli spin in his Jordan at least 4 times in a row - German sponsor. Michael Schumacher was seen nearly every five minutes even though he was out - German driver. To top it all when the McLarens went out we had to watch both on the long walk in. Longer than we needed to - German engine. All I ask is that the producers cut down a little on the boring shots and concerntrate on the race.
I have been a massive fan of Formula One racing for as long as I can remember. I never miss a Grand Prix if I can help it, and if I really have to go out when one is one, I video it, but that's not the same, because some eejit invariably ends up telling me who won the race before I get a chance to watch it. When BBC had the contract for televising the Formula 1 season, I used to love sitting down with a cold Miller and crisps and watching every second. Now that ITV has taken over coverage, they seem to take an ad break every 15 minutes. I recognise the fact that due to high viewing figures, this must be a very lucrative time period for sponsership on the TV network, and without the money, ITV could not exist, but I fear that the top men have forgotten the fact that Formula 1 is a very fast moving sport, and in the time they take an ad break, the race line up could have changed dramatically. Fair enough, if there is a major crash, or a change of leadership, we are usually played back a snippet of what happened, but the whole continuity of the race is broken up for viewers. I'm praying that the BBC get back the viewing contract, then I can get back to my 2 hours of uninterupted pleasure every second Sunday, not to mentio the 1 hour qualifying on the Saturday. One other thing, I have to say that I won't miss Murray Walker when he finally retires at the end of this season. Yes, he's been the 'voice' of formula 1 for decades, but he should have retired years ago. My boyfriend & I fall about laughing at his commentary sometimes. He is forever mistaking drivers, leaving poor Martin Brundle to correct him. Just for the record, Schumie is my racing idol. I think he drives like a dream, and to have come back so well and so quickly from the accident which broke his leg showed his genius for what it is. On top of that, I shouldn't miss out the fact that he's a babe - and that always h
as to count for something!
I love Formula One racing, every other weekend throughout the season I cannot be pried from the sofa (many have tried and failed). ITV's coverage is excellent and I am happy that unlike football and boxing it is not pay per view (and long may it stay that way), but pleasssssssssse do something about the amount and frequency of the commercial breaks. I understand that its ITV and that means putting up with adverts, but last Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix programme took the biscuit and all it left us were the crumbs. The race was hotting up and the battle between Michael and Ralf Schumacher was to say the least edge of the seat stuff, both were due to come in for pit stops, depending on when and for how long the race could be won or lost. ITV showed no less than 4 seperate commercial breaks during this critical half hour, why? no other programme has 4 breaks in half an hour, have I missed something are we now the 51st state of America?
Right i have to say i'm a big fan of F1. And was surprised when it moved from bbc a ferw years ago. Having watched I.T.V.s coverage i have these things to say. The ads annoy me during the race it help deaden the excitment. (Not by much i'll grant you.) You don't see the breaks in football matches. Again minor gripe, but a gripe none the less. Now there was a lot of grumbling (Me included.) about the decision to show the US grand prix live on itv2. Well i have good and bad news on this......... THE bad news is they will more than likly show the us grand prix on itv2 again this season. The good news (For people with sky this is.) In September Sky will have itv 1 and 2 on the network. Now hopefully they will start showing itv before the grand prix but i think that's good news. Before i finish i must mention the commentry team. Murry and Martin rule. What would a grand prix be without Murry makinfg a mistake??? "lousie Allen is in the pits." anyone? It will be a sad day when Murray retires.
Well I don't know about anyone else but Murrey makes it for me. The only reason I watch the Grand Prix on ITV - apart from the reason that it isn't on any other channel in English - is to spot Murreys mistakes. We always look for the 'Murrey quote of the weekend' at every race. The favourite at the moment is, "and I can see him in my earpiece", classic. OK, serious now. Without having anything to compare it to, ITV do a pretty good job at covering the grand prix. During the race you can always see what's happening, you don't get any large gaps of empty track. The commentators do a great job, even if Murrey gets it all wrong! Have you ever seen those races with commentators just saying the odd work here and there - big long gaps in between speaking. It's not right. What you need is Martin and Murrey drivelling on constantly, it adds to the atmosphere. And doesn't Murrey get all exited when something happens!! What is annoying is the adverts. I know they have to have them but can't they do it before and after the race. You'll be quite happy watching the race, adverts come on, five minutes later and back to the program and everyone has crashed, blown up etc. ITV do show replays though so you haven't completely missed it. While the race is on you also get news from the pits from everyone who crashed/blew up/broke down/sulked/gave up. Apart from the race ITV also cover the qualifying which is also very good. If you have long gaps without cars on the track Martin and Murrey will fill you in on all of the latest gossip! One of my favourite pieces is Martin's grid walk where he just barges in and interviews anyone, even if they are being interviewed by someone else at the time!! Overall ITV do a great job covering the grand prix. Hopefully they will find a good replacement for Murrey Walker next year, I'll miss him! Can I suggest th
e bloke who commentates for Robot Wars, "AND HE'S ON FIRE"!!!!!!!
When I first heard that ITV had won the rights to Formula One, I fell into depair. I felt that of a 100 minute race, fifty would be devoted to adverts. Not the case. As I am aware, they have a certain length of adverts to be included into the entire program. They pack as much as possible into the chit-chat at the start and end of the transmission. They also provide a good opportunity for a toilet break! If you do want to know what is going on, Radio 5 (909 & 693 MW) often carries live coverage. The commentary stayed the same "The Voice" and the legend that is Murray Walker (I'll miss him!) with Martin Brundle now as his assistant who is more than qualifed to comment on even the smallest little tactical or mechanical detail. Martin's start-line walk about at the start of the race is often a laugh with him falling over various mechanics, cars, drivers and camera crews and giving us a feel for the atmosphere Louise Goodman and James Allen prowl up and down the pit-lane interviewing the unfortunate retirees and telling us, the public, exactly what is going on. Allen has this wonderful knack of working out at the click of a finger what sort of a pit-stop strategy a driver is on. Louise recently wrote a book detailing the behind the scenes activites of both ITV and the teams. Jim Rosenthal is the anchorman with former F1 and CART driver Mark Blundell and Tony Jardine with him in the studio providing their thoughts and predictions for the race ahead and the analysis of the race at the end. I enjoy it and am glad that it is on terrestrial TV now for a further 100 years. Those who are complaining at ITV's coverage now would probably have complained further at having to pay enormous amounts to watch even more adverts.
Well, after a thoroughly enjoyable Brazilian Grand Prix in which David Coulthard comes home to give Mclaren hope and light at the end of the tunnel, I looked back on the coverage ITV have been giving it over the weekend and I would like to point out my frustrations and also good points about the race coverage by this channel. Throughout the second half of the Brazilian Grand Prix, ITV were intent on showing a tanner across the bottom of the screen telling us all that Coronation Street was still on and was following the race. It wasnt enough for them to scroll it across the screen once, it came across 6 times! I mean, Coronation Street is fiction, the sport of F1 is fact and is true life so do we really care about Vera Duckworth and that character with the squeaky voice? Secondly although not entirely ITV's fault, the sound and commentary for the Grand Prix was terrible! At one stage I thought Martin Brundle and James Allen had been hijacked in the commentary box because they were gone for so long. We made our own race commentary because it became quite boring with no sound for 10 minutes. It was nice they showed some respect when they apoligised. And with no Murray, well, he is supposed to be taking 5 races off this season, why bother presenting at all because it only leaves 12. What happened to the pre and post race press conferences that we get after every race for both qualifying and the race? Well, ITV had to cut them short because, yes, you have guessed it, Coronation Street comes first. And the amount of adverts the channel has to show is ridiculous. ITV are just within legal limits because it is illegal for the channel to show more than 7 sets of adverts per hour, sometimes ITV can do 5 so they are scraping the barrel! If you compare this to football on ITV, they dont interupt that coverage and they get rid of all the adverts they need to show during half time and not during the coverage itself and they only ha
ve one two to three adverts overall for the whole football programme! Comparing this with F1 which goes over double figures. I must congratulate them though on the programme setup with nice intro sequences to every race and stylised menus and screens to show us statistics etc. Also the picture quality is very good too although saying that there was some degredation.