Every four years, the FIFA World Cup is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world. As all eyes are focused on the 2010 World Cup kick off on June 11, ABC News Anchor Robin Roberts will be live from South Africa in the middle of the action, bringing exclusive behind-the-scenes access to “Good Morning America” viewers. Roberts will broadcast live from ESPN’s Worldwide Broadcast Facility on Friday, June 11 and from Nelson Mandela Square on Monday, June 14.
Some of Roberts’ reports will include an up close and personal profile of the US Soccer team; the excitement of the World Cup games as people from all corners of the globe descend on South Africa; a look at the progress South Africa has made and the work still to be done; and Nelson Mandela’s dream fulfilled as South Africa takes center stage for the World Cup; as well as an appearance by the famed Soweto Gospel Choir.
The Emmy Award-winning morning news program, featuring the anchor team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion and Juju Chang, airs live Monday through Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. Jim Murphy is the senior executive producer and Tom Cibrowski is the executive producer of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
ESPN at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s seventh FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition, and more than 50 matches will be televised live in Portuguese on ESPN Deportes. Additionally, ESPN3.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network, will offer simulcasts of all matches on ESPN and ESPN2; ESPN 3D, which launches June 11, will televise 25 matches; ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches in English and provide additional multi-language match coverage; and ESPN’s mobile platforms will provide coverage of all 64 matches. ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase. Studio coverage will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and pre, halftime and post-match shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg. ESPN International is also a FIFA World Cup rights-holder in Brazil and in the Indian Sub-continent and will provide extensive news and information coverage around the world.