Football: BBC and ITV agree World Cup television schedule

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England's and Scotland's opening matches in this summer's World Cup finals in France will be screened live by the BBC, which will show the opening ceremony followed by Scotland against Brazil on 10 June and England's match with Tunisia five days later.

ITV will also be broadcasting the Brazil match live in the company's Scottish regions and will also screen the two home nations' second group matches.

The potentially decisive final group matches - Scotland v Morocco on 23 June and Colombia v England three days later - will be on BBC, who will have first pick of the quarter-finals.

ITV will have the first choice of the second-round games and will show England's match on 30 June, should they qualify, as well as any second- phase game involving Craig Brown's side in the Scottish regions.

ITV and the BBC have drawn up a complementary schedule of live games, which will ensure that all 64 games are shown on terrestrial television in the United Kingdom.

Desmond Lynam heads the BBC's World Cup team, which includes Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Trevor Brooking, Jimmy Hill, Mark Lawrenson, John Motson and Barry Davies.

BBC Radio 5 Live will broadcast live commentary on all of the England and Scotland games as well as other important matches. They will also be reporting on every other match and John Inverdale will be in France to present their coverage.

WORLD CUP Agreed television coverage: Wednesday 10 June (Paris Saint- Denis, 4.30): Brazil v Scotland (BBC/ITV Scottish regions). Monday 15 June (Marseilles, 1.30): England v Tunisia (BBC). Tuesday 16 June (Bordeaux, 4.30): Scotland v Norway (ITV). Monday 22 June (Toulouse, 8.0): Romania v England (ITV). Tuesday 23 June (St-Etienne, 8.0): Scotland v Morocco (BBC). Friday 26 June (Lens, 8.0): Colombia v England (BBC).

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