The BBC welcomes the return of the World Athletics Championships to BBC Television, Radio, Online, mobile and via connected TV for 2013.
- Live coverage on BBC television, Radio 5 live, online, on mobile, tablet, PC and via Connected TV
- Olympians and World Champions Paula Radcliffe, Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey are with the BBC Sport team
- All the action from nine days of track and field events from Moscow
Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Usain Bolt will be hoping to repeat their outstanding achievements at the London Olympics at this year’s Championships and the BBC will be there to capture it all.
From 10 to 18 August, expert television and radio commentators and a host of athletics legends will bring all track and field action, live from Moscow, as athletics returns to the global stage.
Gabby Logan and Jonathan Edwards will share the presenting duties, hosting the morning and afternoon/evening sessions live from Moscow as BBC television brings almost 60 hours of action on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC Two and BBC Two HD.
There will be a return to the BBC studio of eight-time World Championship gold-medallist Michael Johnson, alongside British athletics greats Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson. Steve Cram leads the commentary team of Andrew Cotter, Brendan Foster and Paul Dickenson, with Phil Jones on reporting duties.
Mark Pougatch is at the helm for BBC Radio 5 live and he will be joined by double Olympic champion Donovan Bailey, who is new to the BBC Radio 5 live team for 2013, bringing his gold medal-winning experience to the highly anticipated sprinting events.
Mark will co-present the Saturday and Sunday sports shows and bring regular updates across 5 live programmes throughout the Championships. Joining him will be Allison Curbishley, Sonja McLaughlan, Mike Costello and Steve Backley.
The BBC Sport website will offer live streaming from the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. The website is available via desktop, mobile, tablet and app, giving fast and easy access to the live stream, text commentaries, news, reports, schedules, videos as well as highlights of day’s action. The BBC Sport app is available free for Apple and Android devices.
After extending the broadcast agreement to show athletics until 2020, the event in Moscow marks the continuation of national and international track and field action on the BBC. The new deal will see the BBC continue to show British Athletics events such as the recent Anniversary Games and the British Championships on free-to-air television.
The BBC’s Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, says: “The future for athletics on the BBC is an exciting one, with coverage of the next three World Athletics Championships, next year’s Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in Rio in 2016 just some of the top class track and field events on offer.
“The World Athletics Championships will see the return of those athletes who made themselves household names last summer and the BBC will be there to capture it all. We can’t wait to cover the World Championships in 2017 when they come to London and we will continue to broadcast British athletics events until at least 2020.
“The sheer amount of coverage on offer, across all platforms, is evidence of our commitment to Olympic sports and our determination to satisfy our audiences’ desire for coverage on the go.”
The sheer amount of coverage on offer, across all platforms, is evidence of our commitment to Olympic sports and our determination to satisfy our audiences’ desire for coverage on the go.”