The dawn of a new football season
Just hours after the Netherlands horror show, the editor and producer of 5 live Sport were sat in the office with me yesterday as we had our first planning meeting ahead of the new football season.
Sports report will be back in its full one-hour glory from Saturday August 14th. The team are already looking at ideas for enhanced football league news in the later part of the show as well as thinking about how they will round up the day's Premier League interviews, rugby union and racing. Mark Pougatch will host the whole Saturday programme from midday, including the Sports Report hour, from one of the main events of the day. For example, on the opening day, he will probably be at Wigan for Blackpool's first game of the season.
Also, our 606 producer Jo has been busy working up plans for the new 2-hour long Saturday night show (from August 14 at 6.06pm) which will be co-presented by Mark Chapman from our studio in London, and Robbie Savage from either a football ground or a BBC studio. On August 7th, we'll bring you live commentary of the biggest championship match on the opening day of the season - Derby County's visit to Leeds United - which is the early evening game. That means Robbie Savage will be hot-footing it directly from the dressing room to the microphone for the first show of the new season!
The first "Kicking off with Colin Murray", will be live from Blackpool on Friday August 13th. There will also be in-depth previews of the football league season on 5 live Sport in the week running up to the August 7th start date. And we'll keep running the 5 live Football Daily podcast right the way through, to keep you up to date on the build-up to the new season.
Those are some of the early headlines as the 5 live sport team move their attention from Cape Town to Swindon Town, and from England fatigue to the Premier League.
I will try to keep you updated.
Jonathan Wall is 5 live's Commissioning Editor
- 5 live will bring you live commentary of Derby County v Nottingham Forest on 7th August
- 5 live will bring you live commentary of the first match of the new Premier League season, Tottenham v Manchester City, at 12:45pm on Saturday 14th August
- A full list of the 2010/11 football season fixtures is on the BBC Sport website
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