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SBD Global/July 6, 2012/Media
Chelsea, Man City Broadcasts To Kick Off Season
Published July 6, 2012
NO RELIEF FOR NEWCASTLE: The PA also reported that Newcastle will have to play twice in three days to start the season after both UEFA and police "refused pleas to reschedule games." Newcastle faces a televised EPL trip to Chelsea Aug. 25, less than 48 hours after they play the first leg of their Europa League qualifier. The Magpies asked for the Chelsea game, which is being shown by ESPN at 5:30pm GMT, "to be moved back a day," However, they were "refused permission" by the Metropolitan Police, and subsequently "failed with a request to UEFA" to move the game up a day (PA, 7/5).
BBC'S SHUFFLE: In London, Josh Halliday reported that the BBC's Match of the Day 2 is to be broadcast on BBC1 "because of the increased number of Premier League games played on a Sunday." The Premier League highlights programme, which is fronted by broadcaster Colin Murray, will move from BBC2 for the start of the upcoming season. Match of the Day 2 will now air on BBC1 at 10:25pm GMT on a Sunday. Announcer Gary Lineker's Match of the Day will continue to be broadcast in its regular Saturday evening slot on BBC1. BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen said, "As a huge fan of Match Of The Day I'm thrilled that MOTD2 is moving to a regular home on BBC1. The audience response to the BBC's coverage of Euro 2012 has been fantastic, meaning that this is the perfect moment to make this move" (GUARDIAN, 7/5).