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SBD Global/November 8, 2013/Media

BBC Coverage Of Commonwealth Games To Be Led By Lineker, Balding, Irvine

Clare Balding will help headline BBC's Commonwealth Games coverage.
Gary Lineker and Clare Balding "will lead the BBC's coverage" of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The sports presenters "will broadcast live from Celtic Park and Hampden for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Games and provide commentary throughout the 11 days of competition." Hazel Irvine will join Huw Edwards in the commentary box for both ceremonies. Popular programs such as "The One Show," "BBC Breakfast," "The Ken Bruce Show" and "A Question Of Sport" will be aired from the corporation's Scottish headquarters at Pacific Quay during the Games. Coverage will start each day during BBC Breakfast and "run through to a late-night highlights programme with Clare Balding" (DAILY RECORD, 11/7). In Edinburgh, Martyn McLaughlin reported the BBC will “err slightly towards” the successes of Scottish athletes in its coverage on the basis that competitors from the home nation will attract the “biggest roars” and “most emotional interviews” that will be “played for years to come.” While the plans do not include dedicated TV coverage of Team Scotland’s exploits via the likes of a live stream or red-button channel, senior execs said audience research indicated viewers north of the border want to see “the best athletes and performances,” irrespective of the nations involved. Amid concerns that most of the production work will be carried out by staff relocating from BBC Sport in Salford, they added that there would be "lots of opportunities for BBC Scotland staff to play a role." Reporting Scotland "will have extended bulletins on the Games, while BBC Two Scotland’s Sport Nation will focus on sports action in the run-up to and during the spectacle" (SCOTSMAN, 11/7).
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