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BBC sets out its coverage for Winter Olympics 2014

BBC sets out its coverage for Winter Olympics 2014
Pippa Considine
05 December 2013

The BBC has set out its plans for coverage of the Winter Olympics Games from Sochi 2014.

Beginning on 7 February and running for 17 days, over 200 hours of network TV coverage is set to be delivered to audiences alongside six online streams covering all events live.

Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards will present live from Sochi every day, 7am to 7pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Balding will then round up the day’s action with a daily highlights programme in the evening. Reporters Matthew Pinsent, Jason Mohammad, Nick Hope and Ollie Williams will deliver news, interviews and behind-the-scenes updates throughout the games.

Commentators and analysts will include 2010 Olympic skeleton bobsleigh gold medallist Amy Williams, Paul Dickenson and Colin Bryce, for bobsleigh, skeleton and luge events, and former Olympian short track speed skater Wilf O’Reilly teams up with Hugh Porter for the speed skating action.

Olympic Gold medallist Robin Cousins covers the figure skating along with Sue Barker; former World Champion Curler Jackie Lockhart and Steve Cram will be bring the action from the curling; and British Ice Hockey league veteran and current Cardiff Devils coach Brent Pope will be rink-side with Seth Bennett.

Five-time Olympian and Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell will be joined by Matt Chilton and former British Olympian Emma Carrick-Anderson to oversee the alpine skiing. The biathlon, cross country, Nordic combined and ski jumping events will be covered by Patrick Winterton and Rob Walker, and Ski Sunday’s Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood bring all the snowboarding and freestyle skiing action.

BBC Sport’s digital coverage will offer up to six live streams covering every event, which are all available to watch across four screens: PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV. Audiences can also keep up with live text commentary, news, reviews, features, analysis and interviews direct from the Games on the BBC Sport website, mobile website and BBC Sport app. BBC Red Button plans are still to be confirmed.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, says: “The Sochi Winter Olympics kicks off a huge year of major events for BBC Sport in outstanding style.... I’m delighted that we are once again able to bring every moment live to audiences, building on the success of our coverage of the Summer Games in London.”

There will also be  programming across all platforms in the run up to the games featuring Great Britain’s potential medal prospects. Olympic magazine programme Inspire: The Olympic Journey continues to celebrate the biggest names, the rising stars and the unsung heroes of winter Olympic sport. Ski Sunday returns on Sunday 15 December, with presenters Graham Bell and Ed Leigh, featuring the men’s and women’s alpine tour.

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