Nations and English Regions coverage

Category: Sport
BBC Regional Television and BBC Local Radio and Online will be telling the local story of
the London 2012 Olympics.

Across England, we’ll be following local competitors trying to achieve personal bests, and hearing from their closest family and friends as they watch the drama unfold. Regional television and local radio will also hear from listeners and viewers taking this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of watching a home Games.

Coverage will include:

BBC London 94.9FM will become London’s 24-hour Olympic radio station from the arrival of the Torch in the capital on 20 July through to the closing ceremony on 12 August. Broadcasting from our Olympics studios in the heart of Stratford, BBC London 94.9FM will have all the key information, breaking news and stories and bespoke rolling travel news to keep London moving, on radio (94.9FM and Digital), online and social media.

BBC London 94.9FM will bring the stories and voices of real Londoners as well as the big names from sites across the city, in addition to our touring Routemaster Bus and from reporters at all the Olympic venues. The station will be at the heart of everything happening at London 2012, from Team GB’s progress to the celebrations of Londoners.

BBC London TV News

As the biggest broadcaster for the capital, BBC London TV News is in a unique position to tell the big stories affecting our city and reflect the mood of Londoners at this unique, challenging and exciting time.

BBC London TV News will be broadcasting live from studios overlooking the Olympic Park in Stratford and, close to the action, from inside the venues themselves. Just as importantly, a team of reporters will be on the ground with the people of London, telling the stories that matter to them during the Games. Will the transport network cope with the huge influx of visitors, competitors and officials? Will security measures keep us safe without restricting our daily routines? Will the Cultural Olympiad touch people’s lives? BBC London TV News has been following this story since London first bid for the Games, and it will continue to ask the difficult questions and hold Olympic organisers to account on behalf of Londoners.

BBC London TV News will also have a dedicated Olympics travel service bringing Londoners and visitors comprehensive updates on the state of the roads, trains, tubes, buses and airports. And it will be celebrating the thousands of special events taking place over the Olympics and Paralympics as the BBC London Bus tours the capital, soaking up the atmosphere and reporting on the street parties and festivals which will make London a unique place to be this summer.

BBC South Today will be reporting the news, colour and characters as Team GB and other nations bid for Olympic glory on the water, from the sailing at Weymouth and Portland in Dorset and the rowing and canoeing events at Dorney Lake in South Buckinghamshire.

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire is one of a number of BBC Local Radio stations that will broadcast live from Stratford, catching up with athletes and their families plus checking on the success of West Midlands- made products at Olympic Park including flooring, seats, fencing, and 2,655 whistles!

BBC Radio Solent will be based at Weymouth Pavilion, broadcasting a full range of programmes during the sailing events.

BBC Surrey will provide extensive coverage of the Road Cycling event in the Surrey Hills/Dorking area. A team of reporters will be on the route, speaking with local spectators, businesses and fans.

BBC Radio Nottingham will bring a flavour of the Opening Ceremony to Nottinghamshire at the start of the Games, and again on Friday 3 August they’ll be there gunning for their local golden girl and double Olympic champion Becky Adlington when she competes in the 800m freestyle finals.

Across England, BBC Local Radio, our regional news programmes and Online will bring viewers and listeners the stories, emotions, personalities and the news and information that they need to make the most of London 2012.

BBC Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland there will be enhanced coverage in TV news programmes, bringing viewers the stories of the Games from a Northern Ireland perspective, with live presentation every day from local presenter Stephen Watson at the Stratford Broadcast Tower overlooking the Olympic Park.

BBC NI will also have accredited reporters covering all the major sports stories for radio and TV from inside the venues as they break and every Saturday throughout the Games there will also be live coverage from London from Joel Taggart on BBC Radio Ulster’s Summer Club programme. Sports fans can also follow all the Olympians from Northern Ireland with up to date stories on

BBC Cymru Wales

BBC Cymru Wales will have comprehensive coverage of Welsh athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympics across all services. Flagship early evening BBC One Wales news programme Wales Today will include updates on all the key Welsh sporting action from the Olympics along with a number of special live outside broadcasts.

There will also be extensive coverage of the progress of the Welsh Olympic athletes in BBC Cymru Wales’ Welsh language news programme for S4C, Newyddion, during the Games. In a special three-part series for BBC One Wales, Wales At The Olympics, Eddie Butler will look back at the history of Welsh athletes at the Olympics.

BBC Radio Wales will have coverage of the Games from a Welsh perspective across all programmes in news and sport, with Radio Wales reporters live from some of the Olympic venues and live commentary on key Welsh Olympic events. Flagship morning and evening news and current affairs programmes Good Morning Wales and Good Evening Wales will broadcast live from the Olympic Park on key event days. Frances Donovan will present the Olympic Evening Show during the Games, with highlights and coverage of Welsh athletes at the Games. There will also be special live outside broadcasts from the home towns of Welsh athletes on key medal days.

Special Olympic programmes and features from Radio Wales for London 2012 include:

12 For 2012 – packages on various daytime programmes in the run-up to the Games following the highs and lows of 12 Welsh Olympians and Paralympians as they prepare for London 2012; Olympic Dragons – a four- part series looking at the history of Welsh athletics at the Olympics; and Paralympic Dragons – a two-part series looking at the history of Welsh athletes at the Paralympics. With the first 2012 Olympic event due to kick off with the Olympic football on 25 July from the Millennium Stadium, the station will have live outside broadcasts from the centre of Cardiff all day to mark the first Olympics to be held in Britain since 1948.

BBC Radio Cymru – BBC Cymru Wales’ national Welsh language radio service – will bring sports fans all the latest Olympics news on their regular news and sport programmes, along with live coverage of a number of key Olympics events featuring Welsh athletes. There will also be a number of special Olympics-themed programmes including a six-part series profiling Welsh Olympic athletes, a feature on the Welsh people working behind the scenes at London 2012 in Cymry’r Gemau Olympaidd and a look at the role of the London Welsh in previous Olympics in Llundain y Cymry.

The station will also have live outside broadcasts as the Olympics hit Cardiff for the Olympic football from the Millennium Stadium on 25 July. During the Games there will be a daily Olympic round-up at 5.30pm presented by Bethan Clement as part of regular evening news programme Post Prynhawn, plus morning news programme Post Cyntaf, lunchtime news Taro’r Post and the mid-morning Dafydd a Caryl show will also have a number of live outside broadcasts from London 2012 during the Games.

BBC Scotland

Sport Nation on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Two Scotland will focus on the athletes, trials and triumphs of getting to the Olympics and Paralympics.

On 28 July, 4 August and 11 August, Radio Scotland’s Sport Nation will be airing Olympic Specials from the Olympic Park. Radio Scotland’s magazine show, MacAulay And Co, will deliver the stories behind the Olympics, the volunteers and the build-up.

The show will be live from outside the Olympic Park on Monday 30 July until Friday 3 August. Across television, radio and online all the latest news and hot topics will be brought by BBC Scotland’s news and sports teams throughout the events. John Beattie, presenter of Radio Scotland’s daily lunchtime news show, and of Sport Nation, will also be blogging throughout London 2012.

Kenny MacIver will also be providing regular reports from the Olympics for Radio nan Gàidheal. Kenny will be reporting from outside the Park during the second week of the Olympics.

BBC English Regions and the Paralympic Games

BBC English Regions will be building on its rich history of Paralympics story-telling across BBC local radio and regional television throughout the Paralympic Games. Our 40 BBC local radio stations have been closely following their “ones to watch” for the past year, while regional television has featured competitors on their road to qualify for their first “home” Paralympics.

Chris Goreham will be BBC local radio's “Voice of the Paralympic Games” giving our audiences a flavour of the atmosphere inside the Olympic Park. Nicky Price and Alistair Durden will speak to competitors as they aim to improve on the 42 gold medals won last time in Beijing. Regionally we'll also have reporters at both the sailing events in Weymouth and Portland and rowing events at Eton Dorney.

Paralympic Torch

From 24-29 August we will be covering the Flame Festivals in England (London), Northern Ireland (Belfast), Wales (Cardiff) and Scotland (Edinburgh). The flames come together at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire on 28 August to light one flame at a special evening event. That Paralympic Torch will then be run into London for the opening ceremony on Wednesday 29 August. Stoke Mandeville is the home of the Paralympic movement, and BBC Oxford Television and BBC Three Counties have been telling the story of the history of the Paralympics and are proud of their strong links with the hospital. BBC regional television, local radio and online will also cover the 33 communities across the UK hosting Flame Celebration Events over the August Bank Holiday weekend and other smaller community events taking place around this time.

BBC South

BBC South will have an accredited radio reporter at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy during the Paralympics who will be providing regular summaries of the racing and medallists over the six days of sailing competition. BBC South will also have TV and Radio reporters around Weymouth and Portland town and seafront during the Paralympics, continuing to tell the local story of the 2012 Games. There will also be an accredited radio reporter at Dorney Lake for the three days of adaptive rowing. Tim Dellor, who is also covering the Olympic Rowing and Sprint Canoe, will provide regular updates on BBC Radio Berkshire.

BBC Three Counties Radio

BBC Three Counties Radio was live at Stoke Mandeville for the unveiling of the Paralympic mascots two years ago. In the build-up to the Games themselves BBC Three Counties has been exploring the history of the Paralympic movement, its connections with Stoke Mandeville and the people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. BBC Three Counties will cover the Paralympic Torch Event live and is following our local Paralympians in the weekly programme Gail Emms’ Road To 2012.

BBC London 94.9FM

BBC London 94.9FM will become London's Paralympic radio station from the arrival of the Paralympic Torch in the capital on 29 August right through to the closing ceremony on 9 September. Broadcasting from their studios in the heart of Stratford, BBC London 94.9FM will have all the key information, breaking news and stories and bespoke rolling travel news to keep London moving, on radio (94.9FM and Digital), online and social media.