In an unprecedented weekend of broadcasting, BBC Radio 5 live delivered a record 75 hours of live sports coverage on 23 sports across three different stations – Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and 5 live Olympics Extra.
As the official Olympic Station, 5 live is covering London 2012 with a new schedule with coverage from 6am to 1am daily, while 5 live Olympics Extra offers extended commentary and a through-the-night catch-up service, providing listeners with 24-hour access to the Games.
In addition to 5 live’s coverage of London 2012, 5 live sports extra also brought listeners commentary on Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, along with coverage of the LV County Championship and the Northern Rail Rugby League Cup final.
Commenting on the coverage so far, Radio 5 live Controller, Adrian Van Klaveren, said: “Our aim for London 2012 was to bring 5 live listeners coverage of the Olympics as never before. Our news and sports teams have been covering the 2012 story long before Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony, and now that the Games are finally underway we’re committed to delivering the very best commentaries, together with capturing all the stories as they unfold.
“In addition to our bumper Olympic schedule, 5 live sports extra will continue to deliver commentaries on the other big sporting events, from Test and county cricket to Formula 1 and rugby league. 2012 is a huge summer of sport and 5 live will be there throughout bringing all the drama and excitement as it happens.”
(Source : BBC Media Centre)