Archives for July 2012

Listening online during the Olympic Games

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Will Cooper Will Cooper | 16:02 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Olympics and Paralympics are the biggest events to occur in the UK this year, and 5 live is privileged to be host broadcaster.

However, due to rights restrictions we're unable to broadcast our Olympics coverage to our international audience who listen online.

All of 5 live's coverage, except Up All Night, will be UK-only online - including clips - for the duration of the Olympic Games. Likewise for our sister station 5 live Olympics Extra.

Full details of BBC Radio's international streaming rights can be read here in a blog post by Mark Friend, BBC Audio and Music's controller of multi-platforms & interactive.

Sports Extra in unaffected by Olympics rights and will continue to broadcast to our international audience where rights permit.

Will Cooper is BBC Radio 5 live's interactive editor.

Getting ready for the London 2012 opening ceremony

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Guest Blogger | 15:21 UK time, Friday, 27 July 2012

Archer in Barcelona


By 5 live's John Murray - Olympic Opening Ceremony commentator

For my London 2012 opening ceremony preparation I've been listening to CD's of previous opening ceremonies. Peter Jones in 1988 in Seoul; Barcelona in 1992 with John Inverdale, Terry Wogan and Karen Keating; Jon Champion in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000; and Nick Mullins in Athens 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

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Why does it always rain on me?

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Jennie Gow | 10:13 UK time, Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Another F1 weekend and another rain cloud following me around the world! Firstly, sorry for the delay in writing this blog. I usually like to write them as soon as I can but it's taken me almost a week to dry and out recover for what has to be one of my busiest (and best) weeks ever.

Silverstone for me started on Wednesday as I headed to the Sahara Force India factory, which is based just opposite the circuit. Eddie Jordan and the BBC TV crew were there filming, which of course means a certain amount of chaos is brought to the proceedings.

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Mark Chapman on meeting Jack Nicklaus

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| 17:34 UK time, Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mark Chapman and Jack Nicklaus


It's good to get those butterflies in your stomach before doing a show, to feel the nerves, to know that this is one show you just can't afford to cock up.

I had them in abundance just a couple of weeks ago as I stood in the National Museum of Scotland on a wet grey June morning. Dreich is how the locals described it. Dolly the Sheep was encased in perspex just yards away and I was waiting for the Golden Bear.

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Honouring those who won Gold for Great Britain

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Colin Murray | 13:05 UK time, Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The GB coxless 4's celebrate their victory at Sydney 2000

I spent over six months attempting to meet our 114 Olympic champions, and while I would not dare single out individual Olympians for more praise than others, I think the stories surrounding those more mature Gold Medallists will stay with me most.

Maybe it’s because they’re from a more innocent era, or maybe it has something to do with the fact that it was all for the love of sport back then and not for financial gain. Although that’s maybe a bit harsh, as most modern day champions have the Olympic ideal seeping from every pore.

So it's quite possible that my golden boys and girls from Olympics past, genuinely, had to remember answers to questions that had not been asked of them for a long time. That, I'm afraid, is probably the only downside to Gold Run…the fact that most Olympians who won gold before 1980 are pretty much 'off the radar'. Yet these people deserve to be cherished as much as any of today's high profile superstars.

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The summer of sport continues

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Adrian Van-Klaveren Adrian Van-Klaveren | 11:09 UK time, Monday, 16 July 2012

Olympic stadium

Despite the best efforts of the weather, 5 live's biggest ever summer of sport is well underway.

We've already had some tremendous football at the Euros where we covered every game live; it was a wonderful Wimbledon fortnight culminating in Andy Murray's first Wimbledon final which gave us one of the most tense afternoons of radio you could listen to.

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"I do see the odd fin here and there, which does make you paddle a bit faster. It keeps it interesting"

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Colin Murray | 17:44 UK time, Friday, 6 July 2012

Of all our 114 living British Olympic gold medallists, there are only two who stand alone in their chosen sport - providing you count Track And Field as one - and both feature in Episode Eight of Colin Murray's Gold Run.

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