Friday, July 27, 2012

London Calling: BBC Russian special webcast ahead of the Games opening ceremony

Hours before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, will air a special, one-off edition of London Calling - a live webcast with audience involvement about the upcoming games. 

Broadcast via the website from BBC Russian’s London studio from 16.00 London time (19.00 Moscow time), London Calling will also be shown live on the BBC Russian partner station in Moscow, Dozhd TV.

The 90-minute London Calling will be hosted by BBC Russian’s Seva Novgorodsev, who will be joined by presenters, Anastasia Uspenskaya, Jana Litvinova and Oleg Antonenko.

Taking the place of usual editions of radio programmes Vam Slovo and BBSeva, the programme will also be available to listen again.

Olympic and world champions of the past, coaches and parents of the present Olympians, as well as famous journalists and musicians with Olympic connections will tell their stories on London Calling. Guests include:

• gymnasts, nine-time Olympic champion, Larisa Latynina and four-time Olympic champion, Aleksei Nemov
• Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics figure-skating silver medallist and ice shows producer, Ilya Averbuch
• fencer, three-time Olympic champion, Galina Gorokhova
• Mumiy Troll group soloist, Ilya Lagutenko
• Dozhd TV sports commentator, Dmitry Materanskiy, and many others.

Seva Novgorodsev says: “With London Calling, we want to create a very special connection between London on the one hand and Russian Olympic past and present on the other. From London traffic-jams to the design of the Russian Olympic team kit, London Calling will bring our audiences an informed and inspired conversation - just as the world counts down to the official start of the spectacular global sporting event.”

BBC Russian has invited users of as well as social networks, Facebook, Twitter and Vkontakte, to take part in the broadcast by asking their questions.

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(Source : BBC Media Centre)

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