The 2008 Beijing Olympics
on the BBC
BBC Radio team Olympic impressions
Nicky Campbell co-presents the Breakfast
show on BBC Radio 5 Live each weekday
from 6.00 to 9.00am with Shelagh Fogarty.
Nicky joined 5 Live in October 1997, after
10 years on the drivetime and afternoon
shows at Radio 1, to present the morning
phone-in programme, and moved to
Breakfast in January 2003.
Nicky has won four Sony Awards, including
a Gold in 2002 for the 5 Live Breakfast
programme's coverage of the 9/11 attack
on New York, and was voted Variety Club
of Great Britain Radio Personality of the Year
As a TV presenter he has, over the years,
worked on projects including Wheel Of
Fortune, Top Of The Pops and Panorama, and
he currently fronts Watchdog on BBC One.
"For me the Olympics represents that I'm a
really lucky person.
"I was working for 5 Live
in Sydney and Athens and love the whole
"Each is very different
and I try to help listeners to get a flavour of
the city and the events.
"Looking back at past Olympics, I'll never
forget the rowing finals last time at Lake
"The GB four won on a photo finish.
I was lakeside with the familes of the team –
and live on air we linked Matthew Pinsent
and co with their injured teammate Alex
Partridge who was back in the studio.
named the boat after him and they were all in
tears as they talked to each other on 5 Live.
"Thinking of Beijing, I'm fascinated to see
how the Chinese respond to the attention of
the world via the Games. What will they
make of the scrutiny – and how will they
react if things don't go according to plan?
"I think the significance of the Games being
held in Beijing is that it's China's coming out
"From being a place most of us know
little about and haven't seen much of … they
are going to have to throw the doors open,
for a couple of weeks at least.
is whether the doors slam shut again when
the Games end.
"With regard to the actual events
themselves, it'd be great if Alex Partridge
could win this time and it'd be
nice if Paula Radcliffe could finish a race,
unlike last time.
"As far as British glory goes, I just hope it
won't be glorious failure...
"Looking ahead to 2012, it'll cost a fortune
to buy tickets for my four daughters who'll
want to be there.
"When London won the
Games I had what my editor described as my 'Meg Ryan moment' on air. I was in Trafalgar
Square and just kept yelling 'Oh yes!'
"For Team GB and for the city itself, it'll be
the culmination of years of soul-searching
over the money, rows over the lack of
quality of our athletes, fears about the
weather and general paranoia about the
"But it'll be fab, won't it?
will we be cheering on a GB football team – and if so how many Scots will be in it?"