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Beijing Olympics on the BBC

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The BBC will be mounting its biggest ever Olympic operation to bring you all the action from Beijing.

The 2008 Games run from 8pm on Friday 8 August to Sunday 24 August in China's bustling capital city (though the football tournament starts on the 6th).

And BBC Sport will be there every step of the way - on TV, radio, red button, online and mobile phones.

Detailed listings are now available from our Olympics schedule page.


BBC ONE and BBC TWO will bring you 300 hours of extensive coverage from the Games.

We will be broadcasting from approximately 0200 to 1800 BST each day (some events such as the equestrian start earlier than 0200) and we will screen live coverage of the day's best sport.

An evening round-up show at 1900 BST will allow those of you who have been at work to catch up with all the highlights and key moments.

You can also catch the action while out and about on one of the 16 city-centre big screens which will be showing action from 8am to 8pm every day of the Games.

Other BBC channels such as BBC World will keep viewers around the globe up to date with the latest goings-on and the BBC News Channel will be out in Beijing to bring you all the news and issues surrounding the Games.

Roger Mosey,
BBC Director of Sport

All BBC One and BBC Two coverage will also be available simultaneously on the BBC's High Definition (HD) Channel.

HD is a new kind of television which delivers more detailed pictures and sharper shots of fast-moving action than conventional 'standard definition'.

All the Olympic action that goes out on BBC ONE and BBC TWO will be available at the same time on the BBC HD channel.

It will only be accessible to viewers who have all of the following:

• HD ready televisions

• HD set top boxes

• HD services from satellite or cable providers.


The Olympics will be the BBC's biggest ever interactive operation.

Available via your red button, satellite and cable viewers will be able to choose from up to six channels of action, 24 hours a day.

Freeview viewers will have access to at least two extra streams in addition to the offerings on BBC ONE and BBC TWO.

Olympics Interactive will be a 24-hour service offering a huge choice of sports as well as a medals table, news stories and schedule.

Between 0200 and 1800 BST the BBC Red Button will show the best of the day's action, much of it live, and after that replay the major events of the day to allow viewers to catch up on any sports they may have missed.

Particular emphasis will be put on following members of the Great Britain squad in their bid for medal glory.

Our interactive air time will be upped from 1,000 hours of coverage at the Athens Olympics to 2,450 hours in China giving you the chance to watch uninterrupted coverage of your favourite sports.


BBC Radio 5 Live will be providing comprehensive round-the-clock coverage with live sport throughout the day.

Many of your favourite shows will come live from Beijing.

There will also be a 24-hour offering on BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra, 5 Live's digital channel.

World Service Radio will give listeners around the world a global perspective, with commentary, live updates and all the latest news from China.

BBC Radio stations around the UK will concentrate on the local angles and will follow the athletes in your area.


As usual, will have all the latest news, photos, results and big-name analysis on its dedicated Olympics site (

And UK users of the website will be able to watch live video of all the key action. You will be able to choose from up to seven video streams showing simulcast coverage from BBC TV and BBC interactive.

Highlights of the best of each day's action will be available to watch on demand and you will also be able to listen to audio commentary from Radio 5 Live, via the BBC Sport website.

There will be video training guides from the BBC Sport Academy to help you learn more about the sports that make up the Olympic Games.

We have also launched an Olympic blog - authored by BBC journalists and presenters, athletes and experts - which will have plenty of gossip, anecdotes and photos and give readers to chance to interact with our writers.

BBC News will keep you up to date with all the major news coming out of China and the wider political and human interest stories from the Games via


Some UK users will be able to watch live video from Beijing streamed on their mobile, and catch up with the best of the action with highlights clips*.

(*Not all mobile phone operators will support our video service).

You can also sign up to our free** text alert service. Text ALERTS to 81008 and we will send you up to two messages a day alerting you to the key events just before they happen so you can get to a TV, radio or computer to watch or listen to it live.

(** It will cost you between 10-15p to send the initial subscription message. All subsequent texts, sent to you by the BBC, will be free).

If you have an internet-enabled phone and want to get all the Olympics news and results on it, go to, or text OLYMPICS to 81010***

(*** the text will cost you 10-15p).


BBC TV's Olympic coverage will be relayed to big screens in 16 towns and cities in England and Wales, daily from 8am until 8pm. The screens are located in:-

Bradford - Centenary Square
Bristol - Millennium Square
Cardiff - The Hayes
Derby - The Market Place
Hull - Queen Victoria Square
Leeds - Millennium Square
Liverpool - Clayton Square
Manchester - Exchange Square
Middlesbrough - Centre Square
Norwich - Chapelfield Plain
Plymouth - Armada Way
Portsmouth - Guildhall Square
Rotherham - All Saints Square
Swansea - Castle Square
Swindon - Wharf Green
Waltham Forest, London - Waltham Town Square

Information correct at publication but subject to change.

see also
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
BBC Sport Help/FAQs
07 Jun 07 |  Sport Homepage
BBC Sport Programme Guide
16 Jun 05 |  Sport Homepage

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