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MotoGP 2009 on the BBC

Belinda Moore Belinda Moore | 10:53 UK time, Saturday, 31 January 2009

It always feels like a long off-season but the planning for the new 2009 season is already well under way. We are expanding our coverage again this year and will be showing all the qualifying sessions (125, MotoGP and 250) on Saturday afternoons on the red button alongside our existing coverage on race day - 125, 250, MotoGP and MotoGP Extra - which all adds up to over seven hours of coverage a weekend.

We've been getting a lot of feedback both here and on other bike forums about a couple of key points. One has been our commentary line-up for this season and the other about not being able to record red button coverage. Both of these issues have been exacerbated by Eurosport losing the rights to show MotoGP for the forthcoming season leaving the BBC as the exclusive broadcaster for the sport.

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Good reasons to stay up late

Roger Mosey | 16:00 UK time, Wednesday, 28 January 2009

I normally sleep soundly, but as director of sport I've found there are two exceptions to that rule. One is the night of Sports Personality where the buzz of the event is like drinking 23 cups of black coffee, and I find myself pacing round a hotel room in Birmingham or Liverpool at three in the morning. The other is when we have a Premier League rights deal in the offing and there's the late-night jab of awareness that we're at the once-every-three-years moment when the fate of Match Of The Day is at stake.

Well, we've just been through the rights process for Premier League highlights - and I'm delighted to report that the BBC has been successful. Match Of The Day will stay on BBC screens until at least the summer of 2013 in the current format: the main show on Saturday night, the repeat on Sunday morning, MOTD2 on Sunday evening - and then the occasional special, like tonight, when we catch up with a midweek fixture list.

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Australian Open all hours

Philip Bernie Philip Bernie | 16:02 UK time, Thursday, 15 January 2009

It's that time of year again when Britain wonders if it can produce a male Grand Slam champion for the first time in 73 years.

The Australian Open starts in the early hours of Monday morning and Andy Murray is favourite to win according to many bookiesafter a fantastic finish to the end of last season and claiming the first ATP title of the year in Doha.

In doing so he beat former World number one and three-time Australian Open Champion, Roger Federer, for the fourth time in their last five matches. Perhaps crucially, Murray`s last defeat to Roger came in his first Grand Slam Final - the US Open 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.

Murray is in great form - as he was at this stage last year - but it is hoped he learned a lot from last year's surprise first round defeat to Tsonga, who then made it all the way to the final. He should be prepared for an "in form" outsider this year, but I am confident he should do better than his performance in 2007 too - an epic, marathon defeat in the fourth round to Rafael Nadal.

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Ski Sunday returns

Gabby Cook Gabby Cook | 15:03 UK time, Friday, 9 January 2009

So what's going on with Ski Sunday - a programme that has undergone significant changes in recent years. Well, I'm the person responsible for implementing those changes - I'm here to explain all.

Here's some background: last year we extended Ski Sunday to include longer features - from snowboarding in the Himalayas to ice diving in New Zealand, the show's presenters, Ed Leigh and Graham Bell, explored some of the most spectacular places on earth.

Ski Sunday also continued to cover ski racing, we had one of the most exciting Hahnenkamm races I've ever seen. I'll never forget Bode Miller skiing up the side of the netting, on the advertising banners and still managing to finish second - just amazing!

But I have to admit we didn't get things quite right last year. Ski racing fans wanted more of the action and our new viewers wanted more adventure.

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