BBC to ‘showcase best of the action’ with Tokyo coverage

The BBC has announced its broadcasting schedule for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, revealing plans to showcase over 350 hours of televised coverage throughout the event.

A total of 33 sports will be covered by both the terrestrial BBC One and BBC Two channels, whilst a live stream will also be available online via BBC iPlayer.

For radio listeners, Radio 5 Live will incorporate a daily Olympic schedule from 1:00AM to 09:00AM and 11:00AM to 2:00PM, with all shows also available via BBC Sounds, which will also broadcast the Olympics Daily Podcast and an additional three-part podcast led by snowboarder Aimee Fuller, who will discuss life as an athlete during the tournament.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, remarked: “The anticipation for this year’s Olympics is higher than ever, and we’re proud to be showcasing the very best of the action.

“There will be something for everyone on the BBC for Tokyo 2020, with a huge range of content available across TV, radio and online, plus a world-class line-up of presenters and pundits.”

The public service broadcaster’s commentary team will feature a range of former Olympic champion athletes including, Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katherine Grainger, Michael Johnson, Nicola Adams, Rebecca Adlington and Victoria Pendleton.

Beginning the daily scheduling, JJ Chalmers will host from midnight to 3:00AM, followed by an Olympic-focused edition of BBC Breakfast led by Dan Walker and Sam Quek until 9:00AM, providing a breakdown of all overnight developments.

Gabby Logan and Hazel Irvine will then cover late morning to mid-afternoon developments from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, followed by Jason Mohammad from 3:00PM to 6:00PM, and Claire Balding and Alex Scott will close each day from 7:30PM to 9:00PM on BBC One, followed by a BBC Two highlights show from 9:00PM to 10:00PM.

The BBC’s announcement follows the release of NBC Sportsscheduling plans for the upcoming tournament, which will see a total of 7,000 total hours of content distributed via the website and NBCSN and USA Network channels.

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