The 2012 London Olympics will represent the 15th Summer Olympic Games broadcast by the BBC, a sequence that began with the 1948 Games in London and one that has run unbroken since the 1960 Games in Rome, Italy.
For the first time the BBC will be providing live coverage of every Olympic Sport from every venue throughout the day. This will amount to around 2,500 hours of live Olympic sporting action, over 1,000 hours more than Beijing 2008.
Through the BBC’s coverage British audiences will experience the global stories of ambition, determination and courage, as well as the excitement, drama and magical moments that make the Olympics such a unique sporting event.
And where better to experience all the hopes and dreams of the nation than at a BigScreen@LiveSite?! All 22 Big Screens will be showing wall-to-wall Olympics coverage throughout the duration of the games.
Roger Mosey, BBC Director, London 2012, says: “The London 2012 Olympic Games is likely to be the biggest sporting event in the UK in our lifetimes and the BBC’s coverage will ensure that our audiences need never miss a moment.”
“As the nation’s broadcaster we are committed to ensuring that viewers get the most from their Olympic experience and our comprehensive coverage will deliver on that promise.”
The existing network of BBC Big Screens is now part of the official London 2012 Live Sites programme. London 2012 Live Sites will have destinations in 22 towns and cities across the UK for communities to come together to enjoy an unprecedented summer of events. The sites are a partnership between London 2012, the BBC and local authorities. There will be some seating provided so crowds can enjoy all the events on screen in style.
At 9pm on Friday 27 July, the world will turn its eyes to the Olympic Stadium in London for the spectacle and splendour of the Opening Ceremony. Billions of people worldwide will view this historic event, which marks the beginning of 16 days of world-class competition. The Big Screens will have live coverage of the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony.
Commentary on the ceremonies will be led by Huw Edwards, and he will be joined in the stadium by Hazel Irvine and Trevor Nelson.
On BBC One breakfast time viewers will wake up to a combination of Bill Turnbull, Hazel Irvine, Sian Williams and Chris Hollins. They will be followed by Mishal Husain from 0900-1130 with live sport venue presenters on site including: Clare Balding (swimming), Jonathan Edwards (athletics) and John Inverdale (rowing).
Continuing after 1130 through to 1600, the daytime presenters will include: Matt Baker (also on site at gymnastics), Clare Balding (also on site from diving, equestrian and swimming), Jake Humphrey (also on site from track cycling) and Hazel Irvine.
From 1600 each day, Sue Barker will pick up the reins before handing over to Gary Lineker for the evening show at 1900.