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This is a week we have been planning for since December!

It's the week when the World Cup collides with Wimbledon and cricket one-day internationals. And just for good measure, we've got Budget day thrown in (we didn't know that bit in December).

On 5 live tomorrow (Tuesday), Victoria Derbyshire stays on air beyond midday as we bring live coverage of the Budget. That is followed by Mark Chapman hosting coverage of South Africa's final group match against France. Hopefully at some stage later in the afternoon, Andy Murray will be on centre court, and then we have the Argentina v Greece game at 7.30pm.

The England/Australia one-day cricket series starts this week: the first two matches are "day-nighters" on 5 live sports extra on Tuesday and Thursday.

So on those two days, to make sure there is still an uninterrupted tennis commentary service, we're providing a feed from Wimbledon on DAB radio and on the 5 live website.

The editorial and technical challenges are pretty big to try and make all this happen neatly. There are currently people on our 5 live website team for example running round the building trying to work out how they can get Tuesday's Mexico v Uruguay game to appear on our website.

With producers in Television Centre, Westminster, Wimbledon and South Africa, the main thing is that they all talk to each other to work out what should be on the right station at the right time.

As I write this, Clare Balding and Michael Stich are commentating on Roger Federer in trouble on centre court, whilst Nigel Adderley leads the commentary on the Switzerland v Chile match on 5 live sports extra.

We won't be able to keep everyone happy but our aim is to try to make sure if you only listen to 5 live, you get all the major news and sports stories and updates.

And if you only want the cricket or the tennis in an uninterrupted version, you have that option as well.

Nicky Campbell's Breakfast road show has now moved on to Port Elizabeth. He'll be there until Thursday to preview and do the post match analysis on England.

Also this week, John McEnroe will be taking your calls at 1230 this Thursday from Wimbledon, and on Saturday, it's the last of Danny Baker's special outside broadcasts from South Africa.

Let me know what you think of our coverage of whichever sport, whether it be on 5 live, 5 live sports extra or the 5 live website.

Jonathan Wall is the Commissioning Editor for 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra


  • Comment number 1.

    I fully appreciate that you have to make room for the budget in your schedules.
    However it appears that there will not be any coverage of Wimbledon on a normal radio on radio 5 this afternoon which I think is unacceptable. Does the France v South Africa match really have to be broadcast live? Both teams are effectively out of the tournament anyway. Do more people really want to listen to that than Murray & Nadal matches at Wimbledon?

    I would have thought a rolling general news/tennis/cricket/football afternoon would better serve the station this afternoon, and maybe have the last 20 minutes of France v South Africa live? Just a thought.

  • Comment number 2.

    Jonathan I know afternoons like this are fairly rare but I was wondering if any thought had been made of applying to the government for a Sportsextra 2?

    The problem Sportsextra has when the cricket is on that it hogs hours of the day, they are many times when 3 big sporting events clash and cricket always goes on Sportsextra meaning events like Six Nations and FA Cup (for example last year when England toured the West Indies) get missed out altogether.

    The advantage of Sportsextra only broadcasting when needed would make an argument for a Sportsextra 2 quite stong I believe.

  • Comment number 3.

    Yes, we should turn-off kidney machines and the poor hand over even more money -
    so we can have a Spoartsextra 3 & 4.

  • Comment number 4.

    i think this week has shown that we maybe don't need the normal daytime presenter - in this case Richard Bacon to cover Wimbledon/World Cup content. I would far rather have someone like Mark Pougatch or Clare Balding do the show as they have a sports background.

  • Comment number 5.

    Agree with prosperosgirl. Richard Bacon doesn't add anything by being at Wimbledon; he detracts from it. What's the point having him there?

  • Comment number 6.

    I really hope next year they bring Simon Mayo back, he did the job really well.

    At least hopefully Mark Pougatch will be back to be the main presenter with there being no football. Clare is a good presenter but has been doing some commentary in the last couple of years and I would like to see that continue.

  • Comment number 7.

    Bacon's just called this the best Wimbledon ever. Yeah, first one you've been to and probably the first one you've watched.

  • Comment number 8.

    I just cannot believe you did not have the Brazil - Holland game as this afternoon's sport on radio 5.
    I was disgusted.
    This tennis thing is going on for hours anyway.


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