BBC reveals 2018 Commonwealth Games coverage plans


The BBC is heading down under this April to bring fans comprehensive coverage of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games live from Australia.

The corporation’s exclusively live coverage of the event will play out across TV, radio and digital platforms, bringing more than 200 hours of coverage across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website and iPlayer.

A mix of new and familiar BBC Sport faces will provide the best analysis, insight, news and highlights, in a mix of live and on-demand action delivered to audiences wherever and whenever they want it.

Leading the TV offering are Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Jason Mohammad live from BBC Sport HQ in Salford, with Hazel Irvine and JJ Chalmers live in Queensland.

TV coverage runs daily from midnight until 8pm across BBC One and BBC Two for the 11-day duration of the Commonwealth Games, featuring a regular evening highlights show at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

BBC Four will then show a further hour of Games action from 8pm, and alongside this the BBC Red Button will provide a full round the clock schedule of live and catch-up programming throughout the Games.

The core BBC presenting team will be joined by a host of world-class commentators and pundits who will bring their own wealth of experience and unique insight, including athletics greats Michael Johnson, Steve Cram, Jess Ennis-Hill, Steve Backley, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe and Katharine Merry.

Away from track and field, other sporting greats providing expert analysis will include Sir Chris Hoy and Chris Boardman on the velodrome action, Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster poolside and Beth Tweddle and Craig Heap at the gymnastics.

The BBC Sport website – – will live stream all the key moments of the Commonwealth Games to desktops, tablets, mobiles and connected TVs, with audiences also able to watch live on BBC iPlayer or via the Red Button.

It will also offer on-demand video clips, live reporting and analysis so that audiences can catch up with the Games at any time by visiting the website or downloading the BBC Sport app where they can personalise the offering.

With a collective reach of around 30 million, BBC Sport’s social media channels will distribute some of the best moments of the Games as they happen, straight to mobile.

Commenting on the corporation’s output for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said:

“The Commonwealth Games are a hugely popular sporting event for people across the UK.

Our unrivalled cross-platform offer will transport audiences to the Gold Coast and put them at the heart of the action to follow their sporting heroes throughout 11 days of top class competition.”

Radio coverage of the Games will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live, with commentary from Steve Parry, Allison Curbishley, Rob Hatch, John Hunt, Ed Harry and Sara Orchard.

The 5 live Breakfast programme will be the first to bring listeners overnight key activity from the Gold Coast, followed by live commentary of the best of the day’s action across the daytime schedules. 

In addition to the BBC’s coverage of the Games, Eurosport will broadcast a daily highlights package every evening.

For more information and background to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, visit the BBC’s dedicated website –

One Comment

  1. Who is that awful “shouty” woman commentator? Her voice drives me insane, she has nothing informative to say, get rid of her, actually turn over channels when she comes on.


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