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World Cup 2010: Aiming to be the best on air

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Cathy Packe | 17:30 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

Well there's no avoiding it now.

The World Cup is finally underway, and for the next month, those involved will be pulling out all the stops in an attempt to be the best on the planet. 

But by "those involved", I don't just mean the players, although they'll have the highest profile.  I'm thinking also of the commentary teams - which is why on this week's programme Rajan talks to two of the people involved in bringing the matches to the World Service audience.

Richard Connelly needs no introduction to fans who listen regularly to the sports output.

He talks to Rajan about a deal the World Service has reached with football's governing body, FIFA, to do live commentary across Africa, in English and Swahili, on all the matches in which the six African teams are playing.

Alongside Richard in the commentary box will be Stanley Katsande, whose regular job is as a commentator and analyst for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

For the duration of the World Cup, though, he'll be one of three African sports journalists working alongside the WS commentary team.

On Over To You this week, he talks to Rajan about what he'll bring to the broadcasts - and what he's already learned from his new BBC colleagues.


And Rajan also talks to Mark Coles, who takes over at the end of this month as presenter of "World of Music" - and faces the rather daunting task of stepping into the shoes of Charlie Gillett, the programme's previous presenter, who died in May.

Mark tells Rajan about his love of world music, and about the ideas he has for his new programme.

Cathy Packe is the Producer, Over To You

Over To You is your chance to have your say about the BBC World Service and its programmes. It airs at 00:40, 03:40 and 12:40 every Sunday (GMT).

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