BBC and Hay Festival announce global partnership

This is the strongest commitment to Hay Festival we’ve made. Our coverage this year will demonstrate our ambition to join up arts on the BBC like never before – across television, radio and digital. By doing so we can give the public access to the greatest writers, performers and thinkers in a way that no one else can.Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC
Date: 01.05.2014     Last updated: 02.05.2014 at 11.30
The BBC and Hay Festival today announce a major three year global partnership.

The exciting collaboration commences at this year’s flagship Hay Festival, taking place from 22 May to 1 June, with unprecedented coverage across the BBC’s domestic Television, Radio, online networks, BBC Cymru Wales and globally with BBC World News.   

The BBC will run a full programme of events, which will also be broadcast over BBC Radios 2, 3, 4, 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru. The line-up for the BBC Tent is released today and includes appearances and performances from well-known presenters and guests such as Gillian Clarke, Sebastian Faulks, Amanda Vickery, Julien Temple, Cerys Matthews, Alfred Brendel, Libby Purves, Lucy Worsley and Monty Don. 

This year there will be unprecedented BBC coverage of the festival on TV, radio and online under one single banner, making the festival more accessible than ever before. The One Show will be live from Hay for the first time; Martha Kearney will be broadcasting from the site; Talking Books will be on the road at Hay Festival for five special episodes dedicated to the festival. Presented by Razia Iqbal, the series will feature exclusive interviews with world renowned authors Toni Morrison, Jung Chang and Karl Ove Knausgaard. BBC Four will also make a one-hour documentary about the festival and book-loving town of Hay on Wye. 

On radio there will be more coverage than ever before with Chris Evans broadcasting BBC Radio 2’s literary competition 500 Words from Hay; BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, In Tune and The Verb will also be live on-site alongside BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, The Write Stuff and Four Thought. For the first time ever, BBC Radio 6 Music presenters will be on site: Cerys Matthews, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. BBC Wales will also host live coverage and BBC Arts Online will take the audience to Hay, publishing daily content, including live streams of some of the headline events and daily festival digests, helping to further realise the BBC and Hay Festival’s ambitions for a digital festival. 

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, said: “This is the strongest commitment to Hay Festival we’ve made. Our coverage this year will demonstrate our ambition to join up arts on the BBC like never before – across television, radio and digital. By doing so we can give the public access to the greatest writers, performers and thinkers in a way that no one else can.

"The BBC will be broadcasting a broad range of programmes from the Hay Festival, including the One Show, Radio 3’s In Tune and World News’ Talking Books Specials, in addition to reflecting the true spirit of the festival and its unique cultural line-up to those who cannot attend – this to me is a model of public service broadcasting.”  

Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival, said: “This partnership takes conversations that take place in a field in Wales, on a beach in Cartagena, in a garden in Bangladesh and amplifies them to readers and thinkers in every country on earth. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to be both local and global, intimate and public, to share stories and ideas beyond borders or silences.  The BBC will give everyone, everywhere, the best seat at the table.”

Browse the full Hay Festival programme at HayFestival.org

For all media enquiries relating to Hay Festival please contact Fiona McMorrough or Kate Cooper at FMcM Associates on 0207 405 7422 or email fionam@fmcm.co.uk / katec@fmcm.co.uk 

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Notes to Editors

Hay Festival is rooted in the Welsh book town of Hay-on-Wye. There are now Hay Festivals in Bangladesh, Colombia, Hungary, Kenya, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico and Spain as well as in Wales. 

Hay Festival is a registered charity under the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust: charity company number 3490480 and charity number 1070073 

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts Ltd is a not for profit company registered in England and Wales (company number: 2258780) 

About BBC Arts

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The BBC aims to provide the broadest range and depth of music and arts programmes across television, radio and online.

The BBC creates non-commercial partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing expertise to widening public engagement in UK arts e.g. Southbank Centre, The Royal Opera House, Sage Gateshead, Edinburgh International Festival, and many more.

BBC World News and BBC.com, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd.  BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 380 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 178 cruise ships, 53 airlines and 23 mobile phone networks. BBC.com offers up-to-the minute international news and in-depth analysis for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 76 million unique browsers each month. bbc.com/culture will provide more highlights from Hay Festival for international audiences around the world.