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LIVE 8 ON THE BBC: TV, radio and online coverage

You'll be able to see and hear Live 8 across the BBC.

What's on: BBC TV


2 July: Live 8 Live
BBC TWO, 1.00-4.00pm
BBC ONE, 4.00-9.30pm (approx)

For those not lucky enough to win tickets to Live 8, the disappointment should be short lived as Jonathan Ross kick starts the BBC's coverage of the world's biggest rock concert in London's Hyde Park.

As the action unfolds live on the stage, Jonathan will take viewers to the very heart of the event, reporting from a specially built, all seeing pod set just above the live acts.

Jo Whiley and Fearne Cotton will be catching the bands as they come on and off stage and keeping viewers up to date with all of the backstage action.

Bob Geldof, Bono, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Elton John, Sting and Chris Martin are just some of the big names that will be interviewed by the BBC team of presenters.

Special guests include Michael Buerk, Jools Holland, George Alagiah, Sanjeev Baskhar and Meera Syal.

Not only will we be bringing all of the London Concert live, but also the best of the music from Paris, Berlin and Rome.

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2 July: Live 8 Crosses the Atlantic
BBC ONE, 10.00pm (approx) to 3.00am (approx)

As America gears up to go live Jonathan Ross will take a look back at the excitement of the day, reflecting on the event with organiser Bob Geldof.

Then crossing over live to the States, Graham Norton will be on hand to bring viewers back home the excitement of the amazing line up from Philadelphia.

Will Smith will host the concert which includes 50 Cent, Bon Jovi, Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, P Diddy and Stevie Wonder.

Graham will be reporting backstage, interviewing all the stars and bringing the UK viewers all the gossip and news as it happens.

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2 July: Live 8 Reloaded
BBC THREE, 7.00pm-5.00am

The whole Live 8 experience from Europe and America from start to finish for those who missed it earlier in the day.

3 July: Live 8 USA
BBC THREE, 7.00pm-4.00am

The whole of the Live 8 Philadelphia show as seen last night in America, hosted by Will Smith and featuring a galaxy of American superstars.

What's on: BBC Radio

BBC Radio will be offering the complete picture of Live 8, with live broadcasts from the event in London and the concerts around the world, as well as news updates and analysis of the issues that have brought musicians together.

In addition to the programmes on 2 July, many networks will also be examining the background to the event before and after the show.

Programmes such as Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1 and Newshour on the BBC World Service will encourage discussion and put the issues in context for listeners.

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Radio 1
2 July: 1.00pm-1.00am

Radio 1 is broadcasting live throughout the day from Hyde Park - with Chris Moyles and Scott Mills hosting. Vernon Kay and Edith Bowman will be side of stage interviewing the artists. Colin Murray and Sara Cox will be out in the audience and running around the site talking to anyone they can find.

To give a flavour of the other Live 8 concerts happening around the world, Radio 1's Newsbeat will also be reporting live from Paris, Berlin and Rome.

In a specially extended version of the rap show from 9pm, Tim Westwood catches up with the events in Philadelphia.

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Radio 2
2 July: 10.00am-10.30pm (approx)

Jonathan Ross will be broadcasting his Radio 2 show live from backstage before presenting the BBC TV coverage.

Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary host Radio 2's coverage.

Chris will be side of stage talking to artists pre and post performance and speaking to audiences watching the concert via big screens around the UK.

Davina and Dermot are out and about, talking to performers backstage and to the audience enjoying the concert in the park.

Get involved with the show now by sending us your Live Aid memories as well as your plans for Live 8 day, and you could be talking to Chris live on air!

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Radio 3
2 July, 3.00-4.00pm - World Routes at Live 8
4 July, 7.30-9.30pm - Performance on 3 - Live 8 at the Eden Project

Live from the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter Gabriel hosts performances from Live 8's Africa Calling concert.

Artists include one of Africa's most popular women singers, Angelique Kidjo from Benin; Algerian violinist Akim El Sikameya; Senegalese percussionist Modou Diouf; Malian superstar Salif Keita; and Youssou N'Dour himself.

Find out more on the BBC's Africa On Your Street website.

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Radio 4
4 July - Live 8: A Backstage Story

Jon Ronson spends the day in Hyde Park, behind the scenes of the Live 8 Concert.

In his own unmistakable style, Jon unearths the stories that won't be told anywhere else by talking to the people who made it happen from runners to sound men, make up artists to caterers and the occasional celebrity.

He hopes to record the triumphs, frustrations, the tensions and joys and of course the humour behind staging this major event.

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Radio Five Live
2 July, 6.00-8.00am - Weekend Breakfast
2 July, 10.00am-noon - Live 8 Special
2 July, 7.00pm-10.00pm - Weekend News

In the morning, Brian Alexander will be in Hyde Park ahead of the UK's Live 8 gig, soaking up the atmosphere and speaking to the organisers.

Phil Williams is also in Hyde Park all day behind the scenes speaking to the artists as they go on and come off stage.

In the evening the focus shifts to Edinburgh as the Make Poverty History march culminates in the city and Richard Evans and Aasmah Mir bring all the latest news with further celebrity updates from Hyde Park.

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2 July, 7.00-11.00pm - Live from Philadelphia

1Xtra will be bringing you behind the scenes action featuring Semtex talking to Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and Will Smith.

Plus you'll get the chance to hear the best from the other Live 8 gigs from around the world - including Snoop and Mariah from London, Lauryn Hill from Berlin and Craig David from Paris. It's going to be hot and you can't afford to miss it.

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World Service
Mark Goodier, Emma B, Mark Coles and Russell Fuller will be presenting the World Service coverage live from backstage at Hyde Park between 2pm and 11pm, featuring live music from the London concert plus highlights and reports from the other concerts around the world.

What's on: BBCi Interactive TV


2 July, 5.00pm-12.00am - Live 8 around the world

Digital Satellite and Cable viewers will be able to select the venue they want to follow from a 5 concert multiscreen. The service will offer live coverage of the concerts in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Rome and Berlin. It will also provide an opportunity to catch up on the latest from the Eden Project, Tokyo, Moscow and Johannesburg. Viewers can choose to watch the concerts full screen or listen to their selection whilst continuing to monitor the other world stages.

The service will be hosted by Sarah Cawood, who will be joined by a selection of journalists and world music experts, and will run until midnight.

Digital Terrestrial viewers will get a slimlined version of the service that will include all the UK coverage, the US feeds and a selection from the European concerts.

What's on:

We'll be bringing you all the latest news on the event, plus photos and reports as it happens. We'll also be finding out how you're enjoying Live 8, and what you think about the performances.

Cornwall's Where I Live site will also be webcasting the Africa Calling gig from the Eden Project

What's on:

If you can access WAP or the internet on your mobile phone or device then you access a mobile version of the BBC's Live 8 Event site.

There you'll find details on the line up, the BBC's coverage and background to the event. On the day we'll be updating it with live photos you can download as your phone wallpaper.

To access it go to on your phone or device and click on the Live 8 link. Or you can text 'Live8' to 81010 (costs 12-15p network charges vary).

Get full instructions or information on costs from

BBC Big Screens

Find out how you'll be able to watch the entire concert outside on Big Screens around the country.

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