BBC announces Glasgow 2014 presenting team


The BBC has announced the names and faces that will front its comprehensive coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A host of popular and well known presenters, including BBC Sport regulars Gary Lineker, Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan, will lead the corporation’s nationwide output for next summer’s 12-day sporting spectacular in Scotland.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live from Celtic Park and Hampden Park respectively and will be anchored by Gary Lineker and Clare Balding.

Hazel Irvine will also be part of the presenting team before joining BBC News anchor Huw Edwards in the commentary box to describe both ceremonies.

Once the Games begin on July 23, the BBC will base both its television and radio coverage in Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

This is from where the presenters will broadcast across all of its major TV and radio networks, plus extensive online and Red Button coverage across the 11 days of competition.

BBC TV’s daily live coverage will begin each day in BBC Breakfast with Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull, featuring news, interviews, features and previews ahead of each day’s competition.

The popular morning news programme will relocate from their Salford base to Pacific Quay for the duration of the games so their viewers will really feel part of the action.

Live sporting action begins at 9.00am when Mishal Husain presents coverage of the morning session, running through to 12.00pm.

Jason Mohammad then takes over from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, followed by Hazel Irvine from 3.00pm to 7.00pm, with Gary Lineker taking up the reins for the BBC’s primetime evening show.

Mark Chapman will then bring together all the sports and late-night events in a highlights programme, with Clare Balding co-presenting from various locations across Glasgow.

As during the 2012 Olympics, various presenters including Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and John Inverdale will be based on-site at the venues across the city, bringing viewers even closer to the live action.

One significant name missing from the BBC’s presenting line-up is Sue Barker, who has been part of the corporation’s Commonwealth Games coverage since 1994.

Barker has not been included in the presenting line-up for Glasgow after she decided to scale back her TV commitments, which saw her step down as host of Sports Personality of the Year, though she will be part of the BBC’s Winter Olympic coverage in February as well continue her tennis role.

No confirmation has been made on which BBC TV network will carry live Commonwealth Games coverage, though it is likely that the majority will be shown on BBC One, with BBC Two taking over during news bulletins.

BBC Three is to have an extended schedule, subject to any necessary regulatory approvals, devoted to live Games action.

This will be presented by a combination of BBC Sport Scotland host Dougie Vipond and BBC F1 reporter Lee McKenzie, plus BBC football regulars Manish Bhasin and Dan Walker.

The BBC’s full presenting, commentary and reporting line-up across all 17 sports for the event will be confirmed at a later date.

In addition to the unprecedented television coverage, Glasgow 2014 will also be delivered to BBC audiences across mobile, tablet, desktop and connected TVs, meaning sports fans can get closer to the action wherever they are.

On Radio, BBC 5 live will be broadcasting from Glasgow everyday throughout the games.

Nicky Campbell will lead the breakfast coverage from 6am with Mark Pougatch presenting the live evening coverage.

Delivering the first strand of Commonwealth coverage, Radio 5 live will launch its weekly programme ‘Get Set Glasgow’ with Eleanor Oldroyd and Fred MacAulay co-presenting the first show and broadcasting live from Glasgow from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday 12 December.

BBC Radio Scotland will also embrace Glasgow 2014 with live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies and the whole schedule responsive to the action as and when events happen – giving a real sense of place and excitement, and championing the athletes.

Every medal that is won for Scotland will feature on the network with all the big moments covered for the listeners.

Also, in a partnership with BBC Radio 5 live, the Radio Scotland afternoon schedule will change to host a daily co-production with Fred MacAulay and Eleanor Oldroyd.

There will be also be a special edition of Sportsound every night, which will cover and reflect on the day’s events, as well as previewing upcoming key moments.

Elsewhere, BBC Nations and English regions radio services, including Radio Wales and Radio Ulster, will be broadcasting from a hub within the SECC precinct, covering stories relevant to their areas.

Other Commonwealth Games-related programming on the BBC will include concerts, documentaries and special events, featuring 16 days of major events from a pop-up BBC@The Quay venue alongside the existing BBC Scotland riverside HQ.

A raft of key BBC shows including The One Show, BBC Breakfast, The Ken Bruce Show, A Question Of Sport and Who Do You Think You Are? will come from Pacific Quay during Games time – and more will follow as part of a daily schedule of live programmes and off-air events aimed at making the venue one of the main Glasgow festival hubs during the event.

Bruce Malcolm, BBC’s Head of Commonwealth Games, says: “As you’d expect, BBC Sport will provide the kind of coverage they did so brilliantly during the Olympics.

“But we also want to join in the year-long celebrations both here in Glasgow and throughout the rest of Scotland by bringing our audiences a string of live events, concerts and Commonwealth-themed programmes.

“Both BBC Scotland and BBC Sport’s Games team will be based here in Glasgow for the duration, with PQ acting as our Commonwealth Games broadcast engine room.”

The BBC’s coverage of the build-up to Glasgow 2014 began last month with the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay in London.

Presenter Mark Beaumont is currently following the journey of the relay for the BBC as it travels across 70 nations and territories and various reports and features will appear across BBC programming and online, all produced by a team at BBC Scotland.

Also on TV during games time, BBC’s Reporting Scotland will have specially extended bulletins to reflect the news and sport stories at the Games and there will be reporters dedicated to bringing the best of the action every day to viewers.

BBC Two Scotland’s Sport Nation, presented by John Beattie and Rhona McLeod, will be featuring Commonwealth activity during the run-up and Games time.

BBC’s Gaelic-language channel BBC ALBA will also broadcast various documentary pieces, including a special programme on Kerry MacPhee, the South Uist triathlete and her journey to Glasgow 2014.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will take place between July 23 and August 4 next year, featuring athletes from 70 different countries.

In all, 17 different sporting disciplines – including athletics, swimming and cycling – will be taking place across the 11 day event in 19 different venues across Scotland.

The event forms part of a busy sporting year for the BBC with the Winter Olympics in February and the FIFA World Cup in the summer taking centre stage alongside Glasgow 2014.

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