Nations and Regions

Details of Commonwealth Games 2014 coverage across the BBC Nations and Regions.

Published: 20 May 2014

BBC Scotland’s headquarters at Pacific Quay will be the hub of all BBC broadcasts across the major TV and radio networks, bringing network and local audiences the best coverage both in sport and cultural events coming from Glasgow during the Games.

The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Radio 2’s Ken Bruce Show, along with BBC One’s highlight show will all be anchored from the Pacific Quay studios with the daily schedule of live programmes and off-air events aimed at making the venue one of the main Glasgow festival hubs during the Games.

BBC Radio Scotland will fully embrace Glasgow 2014 with live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the whole schedule responsive to the action as and when events happen – giving a real sense of place, excitement and championing the athletes. Every medal that is won for Scotland will feature on the network with all the big moments covered for the listeners. Also, in a partnership with Radio 5 live, the Radio Scotland afternoon schedule will change to host a daily co-production with Fred MacAulay and Eleanor Oldroyd. There will be also be a special edition of Sportsound every night which will cover and reflect on the day’s events, as well as previewing upcoming key moments.

Reporting Scotland will have specially extended bulletins to reflect the news and sport stories at the Games and there will be reporters dedicated to bringing the best of the action every day to viewers. BBC Two Scotland’s Sport XIV will be featuring Commonwealth activity in the run-up and following Games time and there will also be regular news and games updates on An Là and across Radio Nan Gaidheal’s daily strands.

BBC Scotland is producing a variety of Commonwealth programmes for network transmission, including Sir Chris Hoy: How To Win Gold which will be shown on BBC One in July, and BBC Three is bringing Glasgow Girls, a musical drama telling the true story of a group of girls who banded together in 2005 to save their friend from deportation.

BBC Scotland TV programmes will include I Belong To Glasgow, a four-part series where talent, including Alex Norton and Elaine C Smith present their personal portraits of Glasgow; From Scotland With Love, an hour-long documentary looking at archive footage of the Queen’s Baton route; Commonwealth City, which looks at the impact of the regeneration on the community of Dalmarnock; comedy series Don’t Drop The Baton from comedians Susan Calman and Mark Nelson; and The Big City Paint, which will look at the history of murals and as part of that BBC Scotland will commission a painting in Glasgow city centre.

BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Sport NI is sending a team to offer comprehensive coverage of competitors from Team Northern Ireland at the Games on TV, radio and online.

Each night, Stephen Watson will be presenting the sports bulletin on BBC Newsline from Pacific Quay in Glasgow. There will be regular updates throughout the games of all the action on BBC Radio Ulster’s bulletins and the weekend sport programmes and the BBC Sport NI website will deliver a daily online summary of the day’s action at

BBC Wales

BBC Cymru Wales will be in the thick of the action from Glasgow on television, radio and online highlighting the fortunes of the Welsh athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games from early morning to late at night.

On television, News and Sport programmes will broadcast daily in both languages from the banks of the River Clyde alongside BBC Wales online services and the newly launched Cymru Fyw site giving Welsh audiences the latest updates on athletes and competitions.

On BBC Radio Wales, the breakfast news programme, Good Morning Wales presented by Oliver Hides and Radio Wales Sport programme on week days and weekends will keep Welsh fans posted in addition to live broadcasts from Eleri Sion and Wynne Evans in the afternoon capturing stories from the athletes and those closest to them.

On BBC Radio Cymru, the Dylan Jones morning programme comes live from Glasgow several mornings across the Games as well as news and comment for the Post Prynhawn and Taro’r Post team. Dewi Llwyd on Sunday morning takes a look at the stories behind the headlines.

Ahead of the Games BBC Cymru Wales has produced two 30-minute documentaries for S4C which will follow the trial and tribulations of six Welsh athletes as they prepare for Glasgow 2014 glory.

English Regions

BBC Regional TV and BBC Local Radio and online will be taking their audiences to the heart of the Commonwealth Games. Across England, they’ll be following the stars from London 2012 and looking for the new heroes who’ll be chasing medals and personal bests. Programmes will hear from athletes' family and friends who will be in Glasgow giving their support.

For some parts of the British Isles these games have extra importance. There are separate teams for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, something that doesn’t happen at the Olympics.

BBC Radio Jersey, BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Channel Islands TV will have special programmes at what, for many, is the pinnacle of international sport. BBC Isle of Man will have a keen eye on the cycling where Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh are medal prospects.

Among other highlights

Mark Forrest will present his All-Local Radio England show from the streets of Glasgow with special guests to give a flavour of the sport and culture that makes the Commonwealth Games so special.

BBC Radio Berkshire will be closely watching the county’s hockey stars with Tim Dellor reporting live from Glasgow Green.

For BBC Radio Cumbria the Games have special significance with the county bordering on Scotland. The Breakfast Show will be live in Glasgow during the first week to reflect the atmosphere and also explore the forthcoming referendum in Scotland.

BBC Essex’s Dave Monk will be in Glasgow capturing the atmosphere of the ‘friendly games’ by talking to athletes and their families.

BBC Radio Lancashire’s afternoon show will have a day at the Games catching-up with local medal winners and their supporters.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire are taking their Breakfast Show on the road as Carla George presents from the BBC pop-up studio on the banks of the River Clyde.

BBC Radio Manchester will reflect back to the last time the Games were held in Great Britain – in Manchester in 2002 – with a special programme from Glasgow from 3pm on Monday 28 July.

BBC Radio Norfolk’s listeners will get a different view of the games. One of their staff members has taken time off work to be a Commonwealth Games volunteer – known as a Clyde-sider. She’ll be part of the Breakfast Show team who are hoping for a record-breaking medal for shooter Mick Gault.

BBC Radio Nottingham will be at the Games to follow the progress of swimmer Ollie Hynd as he looks to complete a unique set of gold medals at British, European, World, Paralympic and Commonwealth levels.

BBC Radio Stoke’s Saturday Sport will be presented live from the heart of Glasgow as the medals start to be won.

BBC Radio York’s brand-new breakfast show will be live from outside the busiest venue as the Games get underway.

BBC Regional TV programmes will have regular inserts from around the Games – inside venues and from their presentation position over-looking the River Clyde. They’ll talk to the medal winners as the stories of the Games unfold.