ITV are once again in the spotlight after making a complete hash of their Everton v Liverpool coverage on Wednesday night. Millions of us had sat through a fairly scrappy game of football, the match had gone into extra-time and the Toffees were staging one final attack when….
…the pictures from Goodison Park were replaced by a series of adverts! When ITV managed to switch the game back on, goalscorer Dan Gosling was lying underneath a heap of his team-mates after finding the back of the net in the 118 minute. The Guardian report that the channel are now under investigation after their latest mishap, are they fit to cover any more live football?
When producers belatedly returned to the action, the scene showed Everton players mobbing each other in celebration. “Liverpool are out of the FA Cup,” said the studio-anchor, Steve Rider, after the final whistle. “And apologies if you missed seeing that decisive goal live. But, er …”
That lame attempt at an excuse was all viewers were provided until a statement 30 minutes before midnight. “ITV experienced some technical problems which would appear to be an issue with network transmission. We apologise for any interruption to the game,” said a spokesman for the broadcaster.
As a neutral watching the match, it was bad enough, but for supporters of Everton and Liverpool, it must have been gut-wrenching. For fans of the former, they missed a classic moment of them knocking their Merseyside rivals out of the FA Cup. Reds fans will also have mortified to see that a goal had been scored while ITV had cut to advert breaks. Is anyone seething today about the whole fiasco?