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Monday, 3 June, 2002, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
World Cup action on the BBC
World Cup coverage will be even more in-depth than at France 98
Interactive television will make its World Cup debut
You can follow the World Cup with the BBC on television, radio and the internet.

BBC Television

The BBC will face its toughest World Cup logistical operation in covering the tournament's first co-hosted finals.

The 64 matches will be played across twice as many venues as at any previous competition.

But BBC commentary teams will be at every stadium for every game and every goal.

There will also be reporters based with the England and Republic of Ireland squads, and roving camera crews will bring home the flavour of the occasion throughout.

BBC Television will screen half the matches live with nightly highlights programmes going out at 1900 BST.

And the channel expects its panel of pundits to prove a big hit with viewers.

The Match of the Day team will be led by Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen with amongst the Pundits - Mark Lawrenson, Peter Reid, Martin O'Neil and Jamie Redknapp.

Though the BBC transmits in widescreen, it will not be showing the event in this format as the host broadcaster is only providing pictures in 4:3 format.

There is a HDTV package which is in 16:9 format, but it only has 8 camera coverage that is vastly inferior to the coverage the BBC has chosen to show.


Interactive

The BBC's interactive television service from Japan and South Korea will add an extra dimension to World Cup coverage.

For the first time, digital satellite viewers can watch enhanced live action with a choice of commentary options and highlights, analysis and statistics packages.

A multi-screen interactive service also offers a dedicated England channel.

And all England and Republic of Ireland games will be followed by a live 'Talk Forum' for fans to email or text message their views to the Match of the Day presenters.


Radio

BBC Five Live will break new ground by broadcasting from its own studio in Seoul every day of the World Cup.

The station's output will come live from the South Korean capital between 0600 and 1430 BST and include about 50 full match commentaries.

Five Live commentator Alan Green
Alan Green leads the Five Live commentary team

Five Live will also have exclusive radio access to the England squad hotel.

And the station's team based in Seoul's international media centre promise to bring listeners all the tournament gossip alongside the latest news.

The World Cup's most comprehensive radio coverage will be provided by Five Live's commentary team.

Listeners can hear opinion and analysis from top players and coaches as well as international experts from the BBC World Service.

And there's a complementary online service on Five Live's website at www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive.


BBC Sport Online

BBC Sport Online boasts a dedicated World Cup website at www.bbc.co.uk/worldcup.

It will keep you up to-date with the latest news and features as the countdown to kick-off continues.

A host of BBC pundits, including Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and John Motson, offer expert analysis.

There's a clickable guide to the stadium venues, World Cup greats and the tournament's illustrious history.

An interactive quiz, plus a wallchart detailing all the matches, will help bring the event to life.

All 32 qualifying teams have their own section, and you can take part in our tournament talk forums.

As the World Cup itself approaches, there will be a special interactive game, in addition to a fantasy football competition and other exciting features.


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