Quiet Optimism


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael Oliver says:

    Promising news, but it’s very difficult to shake the belief that the BBC is the true home of national events and heritage, like the FA Cup. ITV’s coverage of the Premiership a few years back was an unmitagated disaster, so it’s reassuring that they are learning the lessons from that.

    And it is wonderful that at last they’re putting more and more of their archive in the public domain. Much more enjoyable history lessons than we received at school!

  2. Allan Moore says:

    Since 1994 at least, ITV’s footballing coverage has been dreadful. I always thought that their worst crime was putting Scotsport (the STV equivilant to “The Big Match”) on at 11:30pm, on a Monday evening. This would be non Setanta subscribers first opportunity to catch the weekend goals from the SPL. The old Football First was rotten too.

    Not too sure that your point about ITV’s coverage is true on two counts. 1) Clive Tyldsley still comintates for them, any improvement would have been cancelled out by this. 2) Yes the BBC’s coverage was worse, due to an air of smugness from the studio guests. I do hope that this doesn’t permiate into the Olympic coverage.

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