SPORTS VIEW: Chappers – From Radio 1 to MOTD2

January 26, 2013

Match of the Day 2 will be given a shake-up from the beginning of the 2013/14 season when Colin Murray hands over the presenting baton to 5 Live colleague Mark Chapman.

‘Chappers’ is regarded by BBC bosses as a more suitable host than Murray, who began anchoring the show in 2010 after Adrian Chiles left for ITV. The Northern Irishman often generates a tidal wave of negative opinion from football fans when the show airs on Sunday nights.

Our new regular columnist Vernon Grant tells us why he thinks the BBC made the right decision in substituting Murray for Chapman, plus how he would solve the current widespread disgruntlement felt by fans with the current MOTD format.

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FOOTBALL: Mark Chapman to replace Colin Murray as Match of the Day 2 presenter

January 22, 2013

Colin Murray has been dropped by the BBC as presenter of Match of the Day 2 after three years in the role.

The Northern Irishman, who took over from Adrian Chiles after his defection to ITV in 2010, is set to be replaced at the end of the current Premier League season by Mark Chapman.

According to the Daily Mail’s Charlie Sale, Chapman is regarded by BBC bosses as a “more suitable host for a programme that increasingly features the most important Premier League matches of the weekend”.

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FOOTBALL: Match of the Day 2 switches to BBC One

July 5, 2012

Match Of The Day 2 will move permanently to BBC One on Sunday nights for the start of the 2012/13 season, switching channels from BBC Two.

With an increased number of Premier League games now played on a Sunday, the BBC has decided to switch its Sunday edition of the popular Premier League highlights show to BBC One in order to ‘bring all of the weekend’s football action to its audiences via the nation’s favourite channel’.

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FOOTBALL: BBC holds on to Premier League highlights until 2016

May 25, 2012

Match of the Day will stay on the air until at least 2016 after the BBC secured a new three-year extension to screen Premier League highlights, taking the programme through to its 50th anniversary.

The BBC has retained their free-to-air highlights package, including the traditional Saturday evening Match of the Day programme, the Sunday morning repeat, Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evenings, and selected midweek editions for the occasions when Premier League fixtures justify a show.

The new £180m deal, a 3.9% increase on the £173m it pays for its current deal, starts from the beginning of the 2013/2014 season.

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