BBC gears up for Commonwealth Games

Hazel Irvine at Pacific Quay Hazel Irvine will be one of the main presenters during the Commonwealth Games

A number of top BBC shows will have a presence in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games next year.

The One Show, BBC Breakfast, A Question of Sport and Who Do You Think You Are? will either broadcast from a pop-up space called BBC@TheQuay or host cultural events for audiences who come to the venue near BBC Scotland's riverside headquarters over 16 days.

Presenters including Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will front coverage in Glasgow, which kicks off with opening and closing ceremonies live from Celtic Park and Hampden with Huw Edwards and Hazel Irvine.

After coverage throughout the day, Mark Chapman and Clare Balding will bring together all the sports and late-night events in a highlights programme from various Glasgow locations.

There will be additional reporting and commentary from the likes of Susanna Reid, Bill Turnbull and Mishal Husain.

Bruce Malcolm, BBC's head of the Commonwealth Games, said that audiences will enjoy 'a string of live events, concerts and Commonwealth-themed programmes'.

He added: '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.'

Radio highlights

5 live will broadcast from Pacific Quay over the 11-day Commonwealth Games, with Nicky Campbell leading the breakfast coverage and Mark Pougatch presenting the live evening coverage.

The network will also launch Get Set Glasgow - the first strand of Commonwealth programming - with Eleanor Oldroyd and Fred MacAulay co-presenting the first show next month.

Radio 2 programmes such as the Ken Bruce Show and Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding will look at cultural aspects of the Games in the run-up to the opening ceremony on July 23.

Another highlight will be a one-hour documentary with Radio 2's Lulu, who will explore a musical map of Glasgow. And there will also be a special Friday Night Is Music Night with the 76-piece BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, joined by guests from the world of sport and music, for a special concert.

Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra also have special programmes and live broadcasts from BBC@TheQuay, while the Asian Network's coverage from Glasgow will culminate in a Bollywood-style musical evening from the BBC's dedicated pop-up space.

BBC Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland will have comprehensive coverage of all the action and will work in partnership with 5 live in the afternoons when the schedule will include a daily co-production with Fred MacAulay and Eleanor Oldroyd.

In the evenings there will be live music events from BBC@TheQuay and special editions of Sportsround and Reporting Scotland.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti and composer James MacMillan join the BBC SSO and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on their first tour of India next year. The visit, in partnership with the British Council, is the centrepiece of the orchestra's activities leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

There is also continued coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay across 70 nations and territories, produced by a team at BBC Scotland and presented by Mark Beaumont.

Glasgow 2014 will be delivered across mobile, tablet, desktop and connected TVs so that audiences can get closer to the action wherever they are.


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