The BBC is the home of big sporting events and it doesn’t get much bigger than the World Cup. Our aim is for this to be the first truly 24/7 World Cup and we will deliver a complete experience for our audience through both traditional and digital platforms.Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport
Date: 07.05.2014 Last updated: 05.06.2014 at 09.12
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (12 June-13 July) promises to be a spectacular feast of football and the BBC will deliver audiences every moment of this long-awaited tournament across television, radio and digital platforms – the first 24/7 World Cup.
With a talent line-up second to none, packed to the rafters with former international players, we will be bringing the best live action, commentary, highlights, analysis and reports throughout the five weeks of competition.
Gary Lineker leads the TV coverage and will be joined by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, France World Cup winner Thierry Henry, and former Dutch midfielder and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf.
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and former USA international Brad Friedel are new signings for the Radio 5 live punditry team along with Celtic manager and former Northern Ireland midfielder Neil Lennon, who will have a combined role across TV and radio.
They join the impressive BBC roster of former internationals working across TV and radio of Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle, Martin Keown, Kevin Kilbane, Mark Lawrenson, Danny Mills, Danny Murphy, Phil Neville, Robbie Savage, Pat Nevin, Jason Roberts and John Hartson. The World Cup marks Alan Hansen’s last event as a BBC pundit before he retires from his Match Of The Day role after 22 years.
Online, bbc.co.uk/worldcup will be the go to destination for fans looking for enhanced live coverage, every single goal, expert analysis, breaking news, exclusive content and interactive features – all available across any device at any time.
With 31 live matches on TV and over 160 hours of programming, including highlights and match replays across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, their respective HD channels and the red button, plus 24 days of live football on Radio 5 live, and all content available to catch up on BBC iPlayer, there is over 50% more coverage available than in 2010. Audiences never need miss a minute of this amazing tournament with BBC Sport’s enhanced digital coverage. Available across PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV, all the live video, radio, breaking news and highlights of every game will be available on any device, at any time. Online, BBC Sport will provide a wealth of exclusive content and interactive features, including a daily ‘World Cup breakfast’ video and Gary Lineker’s guide to World Cup penalty shootouts.
In addition to the football action, the BBC is producing a range of programmes across TV and radio that reflect the sights, sounds, culture and history of Brazil as well as delving deep into the heart of football, fronted by top names including David Beckham, Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand.
BBC News will be producing extensive live coverage on a daily basis serving a wide range of BBC outlets across TV, radio and online across the UK as well as BBC World News, the World Service, BBC Brasil and BBC’s Persian and Arabic services. There will also be comprehensive coverage, blogs and on-demand video available on the BBC News website and bbc.com.
Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: “The BBC is the home of big sporting events and it doesn’t get much bigger than the World Cup. Our aim is for this to be the first truly 24/7 World Cup and we will deliver a complete experience for our audience through both traditional and digital platforms. We’ve put together a great cast of pundits, presenters, commentators and reporters to steer audiences though the tournament and we can’t wait to bring the infectious excitement of this competition to our viewers and listeners wherever and whenever they want it."
5/6/14 - ‘Another Star’ by Stevie Wonder announced as BBC theme tune
‘Another Star’ by Stevie Wonder is today announced as the theme tune for the BBC’s World Cup coverage. The song, with its infectious Latin American vibe, will be used as the opening sequence for all of the BBC’s World Cup programming, starting with the preview show on 11 June, BBC One and BBC One HD.
This is the first time that Stevie Wonder has given approval for one of his songs to be used in this way. The track is from the album ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ - originally released in 1976 and nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning four including Album of the Year.
Ian Finch, Senior Producer BBC Sport and the man behind the music, says: “This song perfectly captures the feel-good, carnival atmosphere we will bring to our viewers during the World Cup this summer. It is very rare for an artist of this stature to approve the use of their music in this way, so we are thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity.”