The opening ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games will be held on Sunday 3 October, signalling 11 days of intense sporting competition from 17 disciplines at venues throughout Delhi, India. Viewers will be able to access live coverage, the latest news updates and any of those missed magical moments regardless of the time of day and where they are, through the BBC’s extensive TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services.
The BBC will be broadcasting around 180 hours across BBC One and BBC Two as well as approximately 1,600 hours on BBC Red Button (3-14 October).
The BBC Commonwealth Games team will this year also include former Australian multi-Olympic gold medal-winner Ian Thorpe, who will be joining the swimming team in covering all of the action coming from the pool.
Ian joins a team full of experience and insight including a presentation line-up of: Clare Balding, Sue Barker, Jake Humphrey, John Inverdale and Hazel Irvine and reporters Phil Jones (athletics), Sharron Davies (swimming), Jill Douglas (cycling), Matthew Pinsent, Rishi Persad and Sonali Shah.
Pundits and commentators include: Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards, Paul Dickenson, Brendan Foster (athletics), Hugh Porter, Chris Boardman, Rob Hayles (cycling), Huw Edwards (ceremonies), Andy Jamieson, Adrian Moorhouse, Mark Foster, Ian Thorpe (swimming); Bob Ballard, Leon Taylor (diving), Richie Woodall, Jim Neilly (boxing); Andrew Cotter (rugby 7s), David Mercer and Gail Emms (badminton).
From Monday 4 October, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will broadcast live coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Radio 5 Live’s Mark Pougatch will present the weekday programmes including dedicated reports from the highly anticipated swimming and athletics finals, as well as incorporating news from the other major sports throughout the programme.
Radio 5 Live Sport will cover the live action at the weekend and, on Saturday 9 October from 11.30am, Mark Pougatch will begin an afternoon of sport with coverage of the swimming finals from the Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatics Complex. From 1.30pm, the focus will shift to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for an afternoon of track and field action.
On Sunday 10 October, from 12pm, the 5 Live coverage continues with Mark and the team bringing live reports from the Games.
Radio 5 Live’s athletic commentary team will be led by Mike Costello who, will be joined by Allison Curbishley, Commonwealth Games 400m Silver medallist for Scotland; Darren Campbell, European record holder and Commonwealth and Olympic medallist; Dean Macey, Commonwealth Decathlon Champion; and Kath Merry, 400m Olympic medallist and former Commonwealth record holder.
Bob Ballard will be commentating on the swimming, joined by Karen Pickering, who holds 13 Commonwealth games medals, including four gold, and Steve Parry, Commonwealth and Olympic medallist. Reporting on the hockey will be Alastair Eykyn, Ron McIntosh covers the boxing, Jill Douglas will provide commentary from the Rugby 7s and Simon Brotherton will report on the cycling.
The BBC Sport website will include a choice of up to six live video streams from the Games on broadband as well as on-demand video highlights of the best of the action. This will be accompanied by the ever-popular live text commentary, featuring text and emails from readers. The BBC Sport website currently receives 10m unique users per week.
Also on the site will be blogs (including Tom Fordyce and Matthew Pinsent), photos, medal tables, competitor biographies and behind-the-scenes audio and video footage to bring the atmosphere to viewers and listeners back home.
BBC Red Button will offer up to six live streams of live action from Delhi each day, with Freeview offering one extra stream on top of the BBC One and BBC Two coverage. Full replays and highlights packages of selected events will be available after the live coverage has ended each day.
The Commonwealth Games is the only multi-sport event in which all of the individual UK nations compete. As such, BBC Nations and Regions sport and news teams for TV, radio and online will be following the action closely, reporting on the big stories relevant to their particular area. BBC Scotland in particular will be looking ahead to Glasgow 2014. Additional programming will also seek to add colour with features on the athletes as well as their family and friends who have travelled to Delhi to support them.
Live coverage transmission summary BBC One and BBC Two (see bbc.co.uk/pressoffice for complete programming billings)
9am-6pm: live action from the main events (will begin at 7am during cycling competition)
7-8pm: evening highlights programme of the best of day’s action
In addition BBC Scotland will be covering the Scots in action on their news and sport bulletins as well as on John Beattie Sports Weekly and Sport Monthly.
TV commentary team:
Athletics: Michael Johnson, Steve Cram, Denise Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Colin Jackson, Brendan Foster and Paul Dickenson
Badminton: David Mercer and Gail Emms
Lawn bowls: David Corkhill
Boxing: Richie Woodall and Jim Neilly
Ceremonies: Huw Edwards
Cycling: Hugh Porter, Chris Boardman and Rob Hayles
Diving: Bob Ballard and Leon Taylor
Gymnastics: Mitch Fenner and Christine Still
Hockey: Barry Davies, Matt Chilton and Sean Kerly
Rugby 7s: Andrew Cotter
Swimming: Andy Jamieson, Adrian Moorhouse, Mark Foster and Ian Thorpe
Table-Tennis: Matthew Syed and Tony Gubba
Tennis: Chris Bradnam and Sam Smith
Presenters: Clare Balding, Sue Barker, Jake Humphrey, John Inverdale and Hazel Irvine
Reporters: Phil Jones (athletics), Sharron Davies (swimming), Jill Douglas (cycling), Matthew Pinsent, Rishi Persad and Sonali Shah