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‘SOUTH AFRICA NIGHTLY’ WILL FOLLOW FABIO CAPELLO’S THREE LIONS ON THEIR JOURNEY THROUGH THE TOURNAMENT
Ray Stubbs to present show direct from Johannesburg; Darrell Currie reporting from throughout South Africa
LONDON, 15 APRIL 2010: ESPN is to broadcast an originally-produced nightly show – South Africa Nightly – throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup, direct from South Africa. Hosted by ESPN’s Ray Stubbs, South Africa Nightly will capture, reflect, and deliver hard-hitting opinions from journalists, players, fans and coaches, and will be the first word on the next day of the World Cup. It will report the news and stories of each day, bring viewers original feature stories, and follow the journey of the England team as it bids to bring home the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
Launching on the eve of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 10 June, each 30-minute episode will air at 11pm GMT on ESPN in the UK during the month-long tournament.
Stubbs will anchor the show from on-site in Johannesburg, where he will host guests at a specially-designed studio in Nelson Mandela Square. ESPN’s Darrell Currie will provide daily reports as he follows the Three Lions’ bid to navigate their way out of the opening group stage that comprises the United States, Slovenia and Algeria.
South Africa Nightly builds on ESPN’s extensive football line-up, both in the UK and worldwide. In the UK, ESPN broadcasts exclusive live coverage of the Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and US Major League Soccer, among others.
In the US, ESPN is the official 2010 FIFA World Cup television partner, and is gearing up to present comprehensive coverage of the event. The company will televise all 64 matches live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, and extensive coverage on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV. ESPN will also televise 25 matches on ESPN 3D, the new US-focused 3D network, launching at the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.