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29.05.02

WALES
MUSIC LIVE


Swansea gets Big Screen spectacular


Swansea has secured the rights to a huge outdoor BBC television screen which city dwellers and visitors will be able to watch for seven days showing highlights of the Queen's Jubilee concerts from Buckingham Palace and key matches in the World Cup.


Swansea took ownership of the promotion this week to lay claim to the largest screen in the UK. Nine others across Britain are smaller.


Clare Hudson, BBC Wales Head of English Language programmes, said: "This is a very big prize for Swansea and we're delighted they've decided to take advantage of it. We think it will be a big crowd pleaser with lots for audiences to see. If the weather holds it will be even better.


"It will add vividly to the atmosphere of a festive occasion. The screen itself is being delivered to Swansea from Dublin."


Throughout the day for seven continuous days (from Saturday 1 June to Friday 7 June) the Big Screen - it is seven metres wide by five metres high - will broadcast live concerts from London, relay live and recorded World Cup matches from Japan and South Korea, in between delivering a range of entertaining programmes from BBC Wales.


The screen will be set up in Swansea's Castle square.


It is estimated that between the 10 towns and cities involved, up to half a million people will watch the crucial first round World Cup matches, the Golden Jubilee celebrations and Music Live concerts.


Among other events, the screens will also feature the Golden Jubilee Procession, BBC Music Live showcases and the crucial World Cup match between Argentina and England.


Other screens will be set up in Glasgow, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester, Norwich and Plymouth.


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