BBC Four to be converted to a sports channel in August
Arts and culture channel BBC Four will be converted to an Olympic sports channel this August, with the BBC planning to show up to 15 hours of coverage a day on the channel.
Viewers tuning to BBC Four hoping to catch a high-brow documentary, unwind with some 'slow TV' or a Scandinavian drama between the 5th and 21st August will be in for a surprise:
For the duration of the Olympics, BBC Four will be live in Rio from 13:00-04:00 daily. Ore Oduba will front coverage from 13:00, before Dan Walker takes over from 19:00. It's part of 550 hours of Olympic coverage the BBC is planning to show across traditional linear TV outlets, in its last Olympics as exclusive UK broadcaster. From the 2018 Winter Olympics onwards, coverage will be split with Discovery Communication's Eurosport network.
BBC Two is scheduled to offer viewers a mostly Olympic-free zone during the 17 days of coverage from Rio: Olympics coverage on BBC Two will consist of highlights/replays between 9:15 am and 1pm.
As a result of limited capacity on Freeview, BBC Four HD's extended broadcast hours will result in children's channel CBeebies HD having 'limited coverage' - the two channels normally timeshare a slot on Freeview HD, with CBeebies HD handing over to BBC Four HD just before 7pm.
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