It was announced today that the BBC has been appointed as the domestic broadcast rights holder for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, ensuring full network coverage across the UK and on World Service.
The BBC investment in Glasgow 2014 reflects the importance of the Games to the Home nations and offers the Organising Committee an unparalleled platform for the promotion of the Games to the widest possible UK audience.
The BBC Network offers coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games through the BBC One and BBC Two television networks, news coverage across the BBC Radio and TV networks (including Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra), red button interactive and/or IPTV services, the BBC Sport website and international promotion of the Games through BBC World News and the BBC World Service.
In addition, it is expected that the BBC’s Nations and Regions sport and news teams for television, radio and online will generate considerable additional interest by focusing on the performance of local competitors in those parts of the British Isles which compete at the Games as separate teams.
The BBC has a long association with the Commonwealth Games which dates back to the first British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, and the organisation will bring unrivalled experience of covering major multi-sport Games.
Glasgow 2014 anticipates significant benefits from this experience in relation to shaping the host broadcast production of the Games, to ensure the highest quality output is achieved.
Glasgow 2014 Chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “I am delighted that the BBC has taken up the domestic rights for the Commonwealth Games and I believe this deal represents a huge vote of confidence in Glasgow 2014 as well as the Commonwealth Games movement in general. We anticipate some of the world’s highest profile athletes will compete at our Games, fresh from their successes at London 2012.
“The added spice will be seeing the stars of Team GB in their own national colours in Glasgow, just two years later. The BBC’s reach will help us to generate a huge level of excitement and anticipation in the lead up to the biggest event Scotland will ever have hosted.”
Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, added: “BBC Scotland will have a special role at the heart of our coverage in giving the Games extensive exposure in Scotland across our dedicated TV, radio and online services – all of which will make the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games a truly momentous occasion in Scotland.”
Welcoming the news Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “This is fabulous news for Glasgow 2014 and in particular our athletes and their supporters. Team Scotland has enjoyed first class support of BBC Scotland over the last three Games and this appointment for 2014 will ensure that this not only continues, but is taken to a whole new level.
“We look forward to working with the BBC to promote Scotland’s Commonwealth Games stars, past, present and future and to rally the support of the Scottish public to maximise home advantage and generate huge interest in Team Scotland and the Games as a whole.”