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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 March 2006, 14:42 GMT
Melbourne coverage
Ian Thorpe

BBC Sport's coverage of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne is breaking new ground.

All the action from Melbourne on interactive TV is also available on the BBC Sport website for UK broadband users, as it was for the Winter Olympics.

The website will have all the latest big stories round the clock from Melbourne, plus expert analysis, events and TV schedules, a comprehensive results service and medal table standings.

BBC Ceefax and Digital Text will have dedicated sections offering viewers up-to-the-minute coverage, and the BBC Sport Academy has guides and masterclasses for many of the Commonwealth sports.


BBC One and Two have 66 programmes covering the action from Melbourne, showing on average 18-19 hours of coverage a day.

A Qasco shot of the MCG in Melbourne
A Qasco shot of the MCG in Melbourne
The three main presenters are Sue Barker, Hazel Irvine and Claire Balding.

Steve Cram is presenting and reporting, with Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards also working as roving reporters around the Games.

Commentators include experts such as Sharron Davies and Michael Johnson.

A special feature the BBC is using at the Games comes from Australian company Qasco. They are using state of the art digital imagery to map Melbourne to give viewers aerial pictures of the city.


BBC Sport will be offering comprehensive interactive TV coverage of the Commonwealth Games, with a mix of live and recorded content so you can watch the action at a time that suits you best.

Digital viewers will have a choice of up to five screens, offering live action from 2300 every day, then a catch-up service from 1300-2300.

The service will be complemented with a news and results section, medals tables and a viewing planner.

All of the extra Games footage can be accessed by pressing the red button on the remote control at any time from any BBC channel - no matter what digital platform you are signed up with.

Satellite and cable customers will be presented with a five-screen multiscreen, while Freeview viewers will be able to choose from an extra two video streams of live coverage on top of the BBC One/Two offering.


The BBC Sport website's dedicated section at has all the latest news and features plus easy-to-understand breakdowns of all the major sports.

UK broadband and narrowband users can also choose from five channels showing simulcast coverage from BBC Television, plus all the best bits on demand.

Reporters Matt Majendie and Sarah Holt will be reporting from Melbourne.

A special Commonwealth Games section is on Ceefax Page 490 and on Digital Text, and people on the move can get all the news and results on mobile phones, palmtop computers and other wireless hand-held devices.


Five Live will be broadcasting Sport on Five at the Commonwealth Games from around 0800-1030 each day, presented by Mark Pougatch.

Regular updates will also be on throughout everyday of the Games.

Links to more Commonwealth Games stories



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