BBC to offer 60 hours of live World Athletics TV coverage



Five years after the London 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC returns to the site for wall-to-wall World Athletics coverage.


Gabby Logan will lead 60 hours of live TV across BBC One and BBC Two, while Sonja McLaughlan presents for Radio 5 live alongside Former Olympic Champion, Darren Campbell and Mike Costello on commentary duties.

Every day from Friday 4th August and throughout the Championships, BBC One and BBC Two will show all the drama from what is set to be an action-packed ten days from the former Olympic stadium. A half hour nightly highlights programme, presented by Gabby Logan and Ore Oduba from 10pm on BBC Two, will wrap up the best of the day’s action and all the major talking points.

Steve Cram and Brendan Foster will lead the TV commentary team, which features Steve Backley, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson, Phil Jones and Andrew Cotter. It'll be Brendan Foster's last event for the BBC, ending a 37-year career with the broadcaster.

The Opening Ceremony on Friday 4th August will be shown from 6pm on BBC Two. Later the same evening, Mo Farah competes in the 10,000m before Usain Bolt, eight-time Olympic champion, looks to add to his 11 world championship gold medals in the men’s 100m. He will be retiring from World Athletics at the end of these Championships, with a last appearance due at the men’s relay finals on Saturday 12th August.

BBC Sport will also provide live online coverage and highlights for PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs, but there is no extended Red Button service planned.

The BBC News Channel's sports bulletins will decamp from Salford to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the duration of the championships, with extensive coverage at 6:30pm and 10:30pm.

On top of live coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC World Service will air highlights in its sports programmes.


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