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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June 2004, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
BBC Olympics coverage
Athens Olympic Stadium

You can follow all the action at the 2004 Olympics with the BBC.

The world's most famous sporting event begins with the opening ceremony on Friday 13 August and reaches its conclusion on Sunday 29 August.

And you can keep in touch on television, radio, online, Ceefax and digital interactive throughout the Athens Games.

For the first time, UK-based broadband internet users will be able to watch the action as it happens with live video streams.


The BBC will broadcast 1,200 hours of Olympic coverage as well as carrying the Paralympic Games events.

Live coverage in Olympic Grandstand, starting as early as 0700 BST on most days, will be complemented by Olympic Report round-up programmes at lunchtime and in the early evening.

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And a final highlights package, Olympics Today, will wrap up all the action at the close of each day.

Steve Cram and Hazel Irvine will start the ball rolling each day with the morning coverage before passing the baton to Clare Balding and Craig Doyle in the afternoon.

Steve Rider and Sue Barker will present all the evening action over the course of the 16 days of the Games, before Balding and Doyle return to look back on the day.

And you will be guided through the events by the BBC's team of experts, commentators and reporters, including Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Sharron Davies, Sean Kerly, Sir Steven Redgrave, Garry Richardson and Suzi Perry.

All the coverage will be enhanced by an interactive service for digital viewers which will also provide plenty of features, results and statistics at the push of the red button.

And the summer of sport will be supplemented by a host of Olympic themed programmes including The 50 Greatest Olympic Moments, Question of Sport and a Songs of Praise from Athens.

"The Animal Games" will use science and special effects to discover how a mixture of mammals, fishes, birds, reptiles and invertebrates fare in six Olympic disciplines.


Listeners can tune in to Five Live 909 & 693MW to enjoy more than 180 hours of live coverage, commentary, reports, celebrity guest interviews, features, gossip, chat and expert analysis.

That will amount to almost 12 hours a day with coverage starting in the Breakfast Show at 0600 BST.

Nicky Campbell will be based in Athens throughout the Olympics and will host the early morning action before handing over to Victoria Derbyshire.

In the afternoon John Inverdale and Jane Garvey will present the coverage, with Mark Pougatch taking over in Sport on Five in the evenings.

Digital listeners can also tune into additional coverage on Five Live Sports Extra.

Some 45m listeners worldwide can keep up-to-date via BBC World Service's English programmes, plus other language services.


Dedicated in-depth coverage is available on the BBC Sport website at:

BBC Sport Interactive will provide UK-based broadband users with a unique Olympic service over the course of the Games.

For the first time, users will receive live video streams, all the best action from the Olympics and coverage from Five Live.

"Athens 2004 marks a new stage in the evolution of the BBC Sport website," said Ben Gallop, BBC Sport Interactive editor.

"The broadband audience is growing at a spectacular rate and there is a demand for top-quality video content. We believe our Olympics service offers the audience a whole new viewing experience.

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"We will offer live video streams and highlights packages in high-quality formats - and while they watch the action, users will be able to do other things, like check out the latest results, play games or interact with the BBC team, all in our new pop-up BBC Sport Player. "

As well as all the latest results, reports, reaction, comment, audio and video minute-by-minute throughout the event, there are guides to the venues, sports and history of the Games.

And a team of dedicated reporters will be bringing you the news from behind the scenes in Athens.

You will also be able to test your Olympic skills in a series of events in our new game, the Herculympics. Can you become immortal?

Or try our Olympic jigsaw and see if you can win gold.

There will also be the chance to join in heated debates in our Have Your Say section.


You will be able to keep in touch with all the developments in Athens at the touch of a button via the special section at page 370.

The service will provide latest results and reports as well as medal tables and winners lists.

You will also be able to check out a complete schedule of all the events over the course of the two weeks.

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