BAFTA got it right – ITV were spot on
The Rugby Paper|August 09, 2020
BAFTA got it right – ITV were spot on
ONE of the marvels of modern-day rugby is how ITV, essentially starting from scratch every four years, do such a fine job of covering the Rugby World Cup.
BRENDAN GALLAGHER

There used to be some grumbling in the early World Cup tournaments but back then daily saturation TV coverage of rugby was a novelty and a skill to be learned. There was always going to be mistakes en route and occasionally it was a bit clunky, but they have improved with every tournament and didn’t miss a beat in Japan.

That was recognised this week with a BAFTA award no less for their coverage of the England v South Africa final when, to the surprise of some but not those who had been paying close attention, they pipped Sky’s also excellent coverage for the epic England v New Zealand Cricket World Cup final a few months earlier.

The pre-awards consensus was that the feelgood factor of England winning the Cricket World Cup on a sunny evening at Lord’s and also the dramatic nature of victory itself would just about sway it for Sky.

The BBC coverage of the Men’s Final at Wimbledon – which coincided exactly with the cricket final – was also shortlisted as was their coverage of the Women’s World Cup Football semi-final between USA and England.

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August 09, 2020