ITV has agreed a new two-year deal with The Football Association (FA) for the broadcast rights to the pick of The FA Cup and England international games from the 2012/13 to 2013/14 seasons.
As part of the agreement, ITV1 will continue to broadcast the first pick of FA Cup games throughout the season from the first round to the final; as well as the third choice game pick in the fifth and sixth rounds and the fourth choice pick in the third and fourth rounds. In total ITV will broadcast up to sixteen live games across each season in addition to comprehensive highlights from every round.
ITV will also continue to be the free-to-air home of England internationals including all home qualifying games for the FIFA 2014 World Cup and all home and away friendlies during the two year period.
The FA Community Shield will return to free-to-air television in 2012 and 2013 under the new deal. ITV will also extend its commitment with The FA across the two seasons to encompass live coverage of six games from The FA Youth Cup on ITV4, including the semi-finals and final of the competition.
ITV Director of Television, Peter Fincham said: "The FA Cup and England internationals are events with huge resonance and appeal for our viewers. I'm delighted that we are extending our partnership with The FA and that ITV1 will continue to be the home of live football on free-to-air television."
Stuart Turner, FA Group Commercial Director said: "We enjoy a great relationship with ITV and this extension to our agreement underlines that. Having The FA Cup and England alongside other ITV content such as the Champions League and World Cups shows that our football content holds its own in exalted company."
All broadcast rights across the new term are platform neutral and live matches, highlights and clips will be available on ITV.com and the ITV Player.
DTG Staff | 17.01.2012