Football on the BBC

Football fans need look no further as BBC lines up season of all-encompassing content

Football on the BBC

Our digital offering continues to grow enabling fans uninterrupted access to all the key action and events as they unfold, wherever they are, with access to news, scores, TV shows and live radio commentaries on the go."Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport
Date: 01.08.2013     Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.20
This year the BBC will be giving fans of the game greater access to commentary, goals, news, highlights, interviews, analysis, debate and discussion than ever before, with more ways to watch and keep on top of developments than anywhere else.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup already beginning to loom large on the horizon, and the FA Cup returning to the BBC for 2014-15, the BBC starts the build-up with comprehensive coverage of the 2013-14 season.

  • Unparalleled multi-platform coverage to monitor every minute of the action across TV, radio, digital and online
  • Ian Wright and Kelly Cates join Radio 5 live as hosts of 606 on Sunday nights
  • New presenting roles for Mark Chapman, Dan Walker and Jason Mohammad
  • Gus Poyet, Robbie Fowler, Les Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Gianluca Vialli and Robbie Savage all to feature alongside MOTD regulars
  • Chris Waddle joins Radio 5 live team as a regular pundit and John Hartson features across 5 live and TV coverage
  • New ‘MOTD2 Extra’ to be introduced as innovative BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website Sunday lunchtime simulcast
  • Match of the Day now available on BBC iPlayer from midnight on Monday, allowing fans to catch up with nation’s favourite football show. 

Every goal from every game in England and Wales will be available every Saturday night. Television, radio, digital, online and social will all combine to give audiences access to uninterrupted coverage of every aspect of the game no matter where they are, with all the action and news delivered by the most trusted and respected names in football.

A host of new footballing faces and voices are welcomed for the new season including former England and Arsenal footballer, Ian Wright and football broadcaster, Kelly Cates who will join the BBC as the new presenters of BBC Radio 5 live’s popular football phone-in 606 on Sunday nights. This season Chris Waddle joins 5 live as a regular pundit on the network’s live football commentary, along with John Hartson.

BBC presenters Mark Chapman, Dan Walker and Jason Mohammad will also take up new roles for the new season, on MOTD2, Radio 5 live’s Friday night preview show and Final Score respectively.

On Saturday 17 August at 10:30pm, Match of the Day makes its comeback as the appointment viewing in football fans’ weekly TV schedule, with Gary Lineker hosting the enduringly popular highlights and analysis show. This season he’ll be joined in the studio by the Premier League’s leading all-time scorer Alan Shearer, the inimitable Alan Hansen and a range of new faces including Gus Poyet, Robbie Fowler, Les Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Robbie Savage and Gianluca Vialli. Between them they will dissect key moments from every match throughout the season. MOTD will be repeated on BBC One on Sunday morning’s and for the first time ever MOTD will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer.

Mark Chapman takes over as presenter of MOTD2 (BBC One and BBC One HD) and also hosts MOTD2 Extra, a brand new live simulcast across BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website, a first for UK football coverage. The Sunday lunchtime chat show will feature debate, interviews and analysis, as the team dissect all the big footballing issues across the weekend.

Setting the agenda for the weekend ahead, Dan Walker joins BBC Radio 5 live as the new presenter of the flagship Friday night preview show, looking ahead to the weekend’s action and getting to the heart of the stories. Dan also returns as host of Football Focus, which starts on Saturday 17 August, BBC One at the brand new time of 12.00pm.

Jason Mohammad presents a new look Final Score, Saturdays on BBC One, where he will be keeping fans up to date with the news, live score updates, pitch-side reports and studio guests. This year the programme will also be hearing from managers and players before the games kick off live at all the Premier League grounds and savouring all the pre-match build-up.

Following coverage of the 2013 Women’s Euro’s, the BBC will continue to show its support for the rising popularity of women’s football, with live TV coverage of England’s matches in the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, The Women’s Football Show on BBC Two, 5 live Sports Extra live commentary from selected mid-week Women’s Super League games plus the 2014 Women’s FA Cup final live on TV and radio.

The BBC Sport website continues to be the essential resource for football fans, with more news, interviews and analysis than ever before, plus live text commentary of every Premier League game and other major matches. From transfer speculation to team updates, everything is available at bbc.co.uk/football. Extensive content is also available on tablet and mobile via the BBC Sport app.

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport, says: “This season the BBC’s commitment to football coverage is greater than ever. We’ll be bringing all the excitement of the new season to our audiences with the return of our iconic football shows, led by Match Of The Day, which reach combined audiences of around 10 m across the weekend. Our digital offering continues to grow enabling fans uninterrupted access to all the key action and events as they unfold, wherever they are, with access to news, scores, TV shows and live radio commentaries on the go. This coupled with highest values of sports journalism and standards of coverage continue to make the BBC the most trusted home of football amongst fans.”

Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra, says: “It’s going to be another great season of football coverage from Radio 5 live, and I’m delighted to welcome Ian Wright, Kelly Cates and Dan Walker to regular slots on the network. Kelly’s knowledge of the game coupled with Ian’s experience as a player will make the new Sunday 606 a really engaging and entertaining listen. Dan’s journalistic credentials and his big guests will ensure that Friday nights become the flagship start to the sporting weekend. These shows, alongside our live commentary of 128 Premier League games, with new regular pundits Chris Waddle and John Hartson, mean our listeners will be able to get right to the heart of the footballing action and debate this season.”

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