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BBC Sport is the sports division of the BBC. It became a fully dedicated division of the BBC in 2000. It incorporates programmes such as Match of the Day, Grandstand (discontinued in early 2007), Test Match Special, Ski Sunday, Rugby Special and coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x661, 27 KB) Summary From [1] Licensing This is a logo of a television station, network, corporation, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For the Doctor Who novel, see Match of the Day (Doctor Who). ... Grandstand is a British television sport programme, and is one of the BBCs longest running sports shows, alongside BBC Sports Personality of the Year. ... Test Match Special (known as TMS) is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (long wave), Five Live Sports Extra (digital) and the internet to the United Kingdom and (where broadcasting rights permit) the rest of the world, including Englands winter tours to Sri Lanka and New Zealand... Ski Sunday is the BBC Sports weekly magazine-style television show covering winter sports, broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sundays in an early evening time-slot. ... Rugby Special is the main Rugby programme on the BBC in the UK. The show has been running since 1966 and past presenters have included David Vine, Keith Macklin, Cliff Morgan, Chris Rae, Nigel Starmer-Smith and Bill Beaumont. ... The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as Wimbledon, is the oldest major championship in tennis and is widely considered to be the most prestigious. ...


BBC Sport's website[1] is also the UK's biggest and most popular sport website and is increasingly adding video and audio coverage to its scores and text news services.


Due to the public status of the BBC, advertising is (officially) forbidden and as a result, sports matches covered by BBC Sport are not (strictly speaking) allowed to be sponsored, although the present commercialisation of sport makes this almost impossible in practice. Until 1982, this resulted in teams frequently having two sets of kits; normal kits (with corporate logos), and 'BBC kits', which were plain.[citation needed] Oddly, however, BBC presenters nearly always state the name of a competition or award's title sponsor in describing it (i.e. Barclays Premiership, Barclays referring to the bank). “Advert” redirects here. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


BBC Sport is one of the few BBC entities which still regularly broadcasts programmes in 4:3 aspect ratio on analogue, as opposed to the 16:9 widescreen or the 14:9 compromise ratio used throughout the rest of the BBC. This is because although the BBC produces all its sporting events in a 16:9 ratio, often sports are shown for which the BBC is not host broadcaster. In these occasions only a 4:3 feed may be available. The BBC then either frames the 4:3 picture in a 16:9 frame or transmits in 4:3. 4:3 is a ratio. ... The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1. ...

Sportsday is a main programme produced by BBC Sport and shown on BBC News 24.

BBC Sport launched a trial of the High Definition television format[2] of the 2006 Football World Cup in HDTV as part of a wider trial of that format by the BBC. In addition some FA Cup matches from the third round onwards have also been broadcast in 1080p, and the BBC is transitioning towards airing Premiership highlights in HD. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... BBC News 24 is the BBCs 24 hour rolling news television channel in the United Kingdom. ... “2006 World Cup” redirects here. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ...

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Sports which BBC Sport holds rights to show

Tennis

One of the BBC Sport's most prized pieces of sport is the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The BBC has televised Wimbledon since 1937 and today produces over 900 hours of footage for display in 159 different countries.[3] The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as Wimbledon, is the oldest major championship in tennis and is widely considered to be the most prestigious. ...


The BBC shows both live matches, presented by Sue Barker, as well as a daily highlights programme entitled Today At Wimbledon fronted by John Inverdale. Other commentators and analysts include John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, John Lloyd, Martina Navratilova, Virginia Wade, Sam Smith, Tracy Austin, Greg Rusedski, Barry Davies and Chris Bradnam. Sue Barker, MBE (born April 19, 1956, in Paignton, Devon, England) is a television presenter and former professional tennis player. ... John Inverdale (born in Plymouth, England in 1957) is an English radio and television broadcaster who works for the BBC. Inverdale was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and at Southampton University, where he read history. ... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ... Boris Franz Becker (born November 22, 1967) is a former World No. ... James Scott (Jimmy) Connors (born September 2, 1952 in East St. ... John Lloyd (born August 27, 1954, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England) is a former professional tennis player from the United Kingdom. ... Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a former World No. ... Sarah Virginia Wade (born July 10, 1945, in Bournemouth, England) is a former tennis player from the United Kingdom. ... Samantha Smith (born November 27, 1971) was an English tennis player who now commentates on the game, predominantly for the BBC. Sam was born in Loughton, Essex and attended the University of Exeter where she achieved a degree in history. ... Tracy Ann Austin Holt (b. ... Gregory Greg Rusedski (born September 6, 1973, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former British tennis player who turned professional in 1991, and played until his retirement on April 7, 2007 at the age of 33. ... Barry Davies (born 24 October 1940 in Kent, England) was educated at Cranbrook School which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West amongst its alumni - and London University, where he read English literature. ...


Furthermore, the BBC shows live coverage of both the French Open and the Australian Open on its interactive services, while screening the finals live on its terrestrial channels. It also provides coverage for the British Davis Cup team and pre-Wimbledon events such as those at the Queen's Club Championships and Eastbourne. This article is about the tennis tournament. ... The Australian Open is held each January at Melbourne Park. ... Goran Ivanisevic and Mario Ancic playing doubles during the 2004 Queens Club Championships The Queens Club Championships is an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts at the Queens Club in London. ... The International Womens Open is a Tier II tennis tournament on the WTA Tour held in Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom. ...


Football

The high definition World Cup broadcasts led to a new style of graphics introduced in 2006.

The BBC holds exclusive rights to show Premiership highlights, joint rights for the FA Cup along with Sky Sports (until August 2008) and joint rights for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany along with ITV, as well as the next two World Cups up until 2014, making the World Cup undoubtedly the most sought after sporting event shown on the BBC, and indeed the world. The World Cup games are usually shown under the title World Cup Match of the Day. Additionally the BBC has rights to all England's home internationals whilst away matches are decided upon a game-by-game basis (until August 2008). BBC Scotland shows highlights of all Scotland home matches, with live away games often being shown by them under the Sportscene Live banner. The BBC lost its right to show Scotland and Wales' home matches as the Scottish FA and the FAW both signed deals with Sky Sports. Sky will also have the right to broadcast Northern Ireland's home matches from 2008, having bought the rights from BBC Northern Ireland, who held them for 20 years.[4] Image File history File links BBC_World_Cup_MOTD_HD.png Summary This image was captured from video from idents. ... Image File history File links BBC_World_Cup_MOTD_HD.png Summary This image was captured from video from idents. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about an international football organization. ... “2006 World Cup” redirects here. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... First international  Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win  Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat  Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... First international Scotland 0–0 England  (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Scotland 11–0 Ireland  (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 February 1901) Biggest defeat  Uruguay 7–0 Scotland (Basel, Switzerland; 19 June 1954) World Cup Appearances 8 (First in 1954) Best result Round 1, all European Championship Appearances 2 (First... Sportscene is a Scottish sports television programme produced by BBC Scotland. ... First international  Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Biggest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland  (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Biggest defeat  Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 The Wales national football team... The Scottish Football Association (SFA) was formed in 1873 making it the second oldest national football association in the world (after The English Football Association). ... The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of football in Wales, being a member of both FIFA and UEFA. Established in 1876, it is the third-oldest association in the world, and is one of the four associations (with the English Football Association, the Scottish Football Association, the... For the Irish FAs all-Ireland international team, see Ireland national football team (IFA). ... BBC Northern Ireland is the main public service broadcaster in Northern Ireland. ...


On March 30, 2007, ITV and Setanta Sports picked up the rights to show FA Cup and England home internationals from Sky and the BBC, meaning that from 2008, live football on the BBC will be restricted to the World Cup and European Championships, which occur biannually in the summer.[5]. is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Setanta Sports (pronunciation: ) is an international sports broadcaster, operating 12 channels in 24 countries. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the mens national football teams governed by the UEFA. Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the European Nations Cup, changing to the name European Football...


The BBC shows nearly all its English domestic football under its Match of the Day brand on its flagship channel BBC One. Premiership highlights are shown under Match of the Day on Saturdays and Match of the Day 2 (usually on BBC Two) on Sundays. England's internationals and live FA Cup games are shown on Match of the Day Live. FAW Cup matches are shown under the title Match of the Day Wales. BBC Scotland, until recently, showed live Scottish domestic football in the shape of the Scottish Premierleague, though they have since lost the rights to Setanta. From season 2007/08, however, they have regained terrestrial highlights.[6]. BBC Sport Scotland does continue to host extensive live coverage and highlights from Scotland's two major cup competitions, the Tennent's Scottish Cup and the CIS League Cup. For the Doctor Who novel, see Match of the Day (Doctor Who). ... BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... The Scottish Premier League (SPL for short) is the top division within the current structure of Scottish association football. ... The Scottish Cup The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup, also known as The Scottish Cup, is the national cup knockout competition in Scottish football. ... The Scottish Football League Cup is a football competition open to all Scottish Football League and Scottish Premier League clubs. ...


BBC Sport's football coverage is usually anchored by Gary Lineker and the main pundits are Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson, with Dougie Donnelly anchoring Sportscene. The BBC's main commentators are John Motson and Jonathan Pearce, and Sportscene's main commentator is Paul Mitchell. For many years Barry Davies commentated for the BBC but he recently retired from their football coverage. Des Lynam previously hosted Match of the Day until he moved to ITV in 1999. Other hosts include Ray Stubbs, Gabby Logan, Adrian Chiles and Manish Bhasin. Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football striker who scored ten goals in two World Cups for the England national team and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC. He is also known for appearing in adverts for the Walkers... Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a BBC television expert football pundit and a former football player. ... Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Gosforth, Northumberland) is an English former professional footballer who played for the English national team and three English Premiership clubs: Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. ... Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) was a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he later became a prominent radio and television pundit for the BBC. // Mark Lawrenson began his career, as a 17 year-old, with his hometown club, Preston North... Dougie Donnelly (born June 7th 1953 in Glasgow) is a British television broadcaster best known for presenting sports coverage for BBC Scotland Donnelly started his career with Radio Clyde in Glasgow in the 1970s, where he was twice voted Scottish Radio Personality of the Year. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jonathan Pearce (born 1959), is a British soccer commentator for the BBC. Known for his loud, passionate commentaries, he has worked for both Radio Five Live and Match of the Day, as well as participating in other lower key sports programmes. ... Barry Davies (born 24 October 1940 in Kent, England) was educated at Cranbrook School which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West amongst its alumni - and London University, where he read English literature. ... Desmond Michael Lynam (born 17 September 1942) is an Irish sports presenter and game show host on British television and radio, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Ray Stubbs (born Wallasey, Merseyside, 1956) is a broadcaster and former footballer. ... Gabby Logan (born Gabrielle Nicole Yorath on 24 April 1973) is a British television presenter and former Welsh international gymnast. ... Adrian Chiles (born 21 March 1967 in Birmingham, England) is a British television and radio presenter. ... Manish Bhasin presenting Football Focus Manish Bhasin is a football presenter for the BBC. He currently presents Football Focus on BBC1 with regular pundits Mark Lawrenson and Lee Dixon and is on Saturdays 12. ...


Rugby union

The BBC holds exclusive rights to the Six Nations championship in the UK. It shows all matches in the tournament live, previously under the Six Nations Grandstand brand. The BBC hold additional rights to the Autumn Internationals for the Welsh, Scottish and Irish sides, as well as highlights of the English team, formerly under the Grandstand brand. The BBC also holds rights to show highlights of the Guinness Premiership, England's top league in rugby union. It shows these under its Rugby Special brand. The BBC holds exclusive rights to show the Anglo-Welsh EDF Energy Cup and did so on Grandstand and also under its Scrum V brand in Wales. The BBC holds joint right to show the Celtic League, Wales, Ireland and Scotland's top league along with Setanta Sports which it does again under the Scrum V brand, which is only available in Wales and on digital television. It is also interesting to note that BBC Sport produces the Welsh-language S4C's coverage of the Celtic League and EDF Energy Cup under the Y Clwb Rygbi brand. This is because the BBC is obliged to provide S4C with several hours of programming a week. The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4 - 1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  (13 November 2004) Worst defeat  Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4–1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134–0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76–0 England (6 June 1998) The England national rugby union team is a sporting side that represents England in rugby union. ... The Guinness Premiership is a professional league competition for rugby union clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Rugby Special is the main Rugby programme on the BBC in the UK. The show has been running since 1966 and past presenters have included David Vine, Keith Macklin, Cliff Morgan, Chris Rae, Nigel Starmer-Smith and Bill Beaumont. ... The EDF Energy Cup, also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup an the English & Welsh rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and all 4 Welsh Regions. ... Scrum V is the brand used by BBC Wales for its rugby union related productions. ... The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for Channel Four Wales) is a television channel in Wales. ... Y Clwb Rygbi (English: ) is a Welsh language rugby union television programme shown on S4C and produced by BBC Wales. ...


BBC Sport's rugby union coverage is currently presented by John Inverdale, Craig Doyle, Jill Douglas and on Scrum V in Wales, Eddie Butler. The main pundits used are Jeremy Guscott, Jonathan Davies, Andy Nicol and Keith Wood and also Stuart Davies on Scrum V. The BBC's commentary team includes Eddie Butler, Nick Mullins, Andrew Cotter, Brian Moore and Jonathan Davies. Bill McLaren was the BBC's main commentator for many years before his retirement in 2002. John Inverdale (born in Plymouth, England in 1957) is an English radio and television broadcaster who works for the BBC. Inverdale was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and at Southampton University, where he read history. ... Craig Doyle (born 17 December 1970 in Dublin) is an Irish television and radio presenter. ... Jill Douglas is a Scottish sports presenter, currently working for BBC Sport. ... Edward Thomas Eddie Butler (Born May 11, 1957) is a former Welsh Rugby Union player, who won 16 caps for the Wales national team, between 1980 to 1984. ... Jeremy Clayton Guscott (born 7 July 1965 in Bath) is a former rugby union outside centre who played for Bath, England and the British Lions. ... Jonathan Davies, MBE, (born 24 October 1962 in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire) is a former Welsh dual-code rugby international. ... Andy Nicol, rugby player, was the first British player to lift the Heineken Cup as captain of Bath Rugby. ... Keith Wood (born 27 January 1972 in Killaloe) is a former international rugby union footballer who played hooker for Ireland, the Lions, Harlequins and Munster. ... Edward Thomas Eddie Butler (Born May 11, 1957) is a former Welsh Rugby Union player, who won 16 caps for the Wales national team, between 1980 to 1984. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brian Moore is a former English rugby union footballer. ... Jonathan Davies, MBE, (born 24 October 1962 in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire) is a former Welsh dual-code rugby international. ... Bill McLaren (born 1923) is a Scottish former rugby union commentator, known as the voice of rugby, renowned the world over until his retirement in 2002. ...


Rugby league

The BBC covers the Challenge Cup from the rounds in which the top clubs enter. Sky Sports holds the rights to the Super League competition which is the premier league of domestic rugby league in the UK. Highlights of the Super League, are shown on terrestrial TV only in the north of England, because the BBC believes that rugby league is only watched and enjoyed by those from the sport's traditional heartland, however the highlights are available via the BBC Sport website. The end of season play-offs are shown across the whole country in a highlights package. Super League (Europe) began in March 1996 and is the only full-time professional rugby league competition operating in the northern hemisphere. ... Super League (Europe) began in March 1996 and is the only full-time professional rugby league competition operating in the northern hemisphere. ...


Coverage of rugby league is usually presented by Clare Balding who has made it clear many times that she is a keen follower of the sport. Jonathan Davies and Ray French usually commentate on the key matches such as the Challenge Cup Final and rounds prior to the final. Clare Balding (born January 29, 1971) is a BBC sports presenter and journalist. ... Jonathan Davies, MBE, (born 24 October 1962 in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire) is a former Welsh dual-code rugby international. ... Ray French is a former Rugby Union and Rugby League player who achieved the rare honour of representing his country at international level in both codes of the game. ...


Motorsport

After losing the rights to Formula One and the World Rally Championship, the BBC dabbled in British and World Superbikes for a few years — often showing the World Championship version live. In 2003 it also won the rights to the Moto GP World Championship. After a successful first season, coverage was expanded with more live races, and the contract extended until 2009. After dropping the World and British Superbikes, The BBC now shows all Moto GP races, with many qualifying sessions live. Suzi Perry is the host with commentary from Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish. Formula One - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ... Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier category of motorcycle grand prix currently divided into three distinct classes: 125 cc, 250 cc and MotoGP. Grand prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are neither available for general purchase nor can be legitimately ridden on public roads; this contrasts... Suzi Perry, born May 1970, is an English television presenter. ...


Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen currently writes a column for the motorsport section of the BBC Sport website. Renault F1 is the Renault companys Formula One racing team. ... Heikki Kovalainen is a racing driver, born October 19, 1981 in Suomussalmi, Finland. ...


Olympics

The BBC holds the exclusive terrestrial rights to show Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics and has shown live coverage of every Summer Olympics since 1960. The recent Summer Olympics held in Athens allowed the BBC to use its interactive services to provide even greater coverage of this event, making it one of the biggest for the corporation's sport department. This long-standing association between the Olympic Games and the BBC will now include coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London. Presenters for the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics have included many of the corporation's sports presenters, such as David Coleman, Frank Bough, Des Lynam, Steve Rider and Sue Barker. The Summer Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held every four years, organised by the International Olympic Committee. ... A runner carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics for short but more correctly The Olympic Winter Games, are the cold-weather counterpart to the Summer Olympic Games. ... The Summer Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held every four years, organised by the International Olympic Committee. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Summer Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held every four years, organised by the International Olympic Committee. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... “London 2012” redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Summer Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held every four years, organised by the International Olympic Committee. ... A runner carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics for short but more correctly The Olympic Winter Games, are the cold-weather counterpart to the Summer Olympic Games. ... David Coleman, OBE (born April 26, 1926) is a former British sports commentator and TV presenter. ... Frank Bough (IPA pronunciation of his last name: ) (born Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England, January 15th 1933) is a British television presenter who specialised in sports programmes. ... Desmond Michael Lynam (born 17 September 1942) is an Irish sports presenter and game show host on British television and radio, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. ... A well known BBC Sports presenter and was once the chief presenter on BBC Grandstand he now presents mainly Olympic and Golf sports coverage ... Sue Barker, MBE (born April 19, 1956, in Paignton, Devon, England) is a television presenter and former professional tennis player. ...


Athletics

For many years, the BBC has covered the biggest events in athletics, stretching as far back as 1954, when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile. Fronted for many years by David Coleman, until his retirement after the 2000 Summer Olympics, events such as the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships, the European Athletics Championships, domestic British athletics and mass-participation events such as the London Marathon and the Great North Run have been and still are broadcast. The athletics presenting team currently (2007) consists of Sue Barker, Hazel Irvine, Colin Jackson, Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards, Stuart Storey, Paul Dickenson, Brendan Foster and Michael Johnson. Bannister was chosen as the first Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for his accomplishments in 1954. ... David Coleman, OBE (born April 26, 1926) is a former British sports commentator and TV presenter. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. ... The European Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the European Athletic Association. ... Runners surge out of the Blackfriars Bridge underpass onto the Victoria Embankment; two miles to go The London Marathon is a road marathon that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. ... The Great North Run is the worlds most popular half marathon (13. ... Sue Barker, MBE (born April 19, 1956, in Paignton, Devon, England) is a television presenter and former professional tennis player. ... Hazel Irvine (born May 26, 1965, St Andrews, Scotland), is a television presenter from the United Kingdom. ... Colin Ray Jackson CBE (born February 18, 1967 in Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh sprint and hurdling athlete of Jamaican and distant Scottish ancestry, who now works as a sports commentator and television presenter predominantly for the BBC. // Jackson attended Llanedeyrn High School playing football and cricket for the county... Steve Cram MBE (born October 14, 1960) was a British athlete who vied with fellow British athletes Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett during their domination of middle distance running in the 1980s. ... For other persons named Jonathan Edwards, see Jonathan Edwards (disambiguation). ... Brendan Foster (born 12 January 1948 in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, England) is a British former distance runner, and the founder of the Great North Run. ... Michael Duane Johnson (born September 13, 1967) is a retired American sprinter who holds world records in the 200 m, 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay (2:54. ...


Horse Racing

Although the amount of horse racing on the BBC has declined in recent years, many big races are still to be found on the BBC, though the dissolving of Grandstand means that future racing coverage will be limited to these big meetings. The Grand National has for many years been one of the biggest attractions on Grandstand with audiences around or often in excess of 10 million for the race on a Saturday afternoon. Coverage of other events such as Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby are also broadcast, with presenter Clare Balding fronting the coverage. Grandstand is a British television sport programme, and is one of the BBCs longest running sports shows, alongside BBC Sports Personality of the Year. ... The Grand National is the most valuable National Hunt handicap horse race in the United Kingdom. ... Ascot Racecourse is a racecourse, located in the village of Ascot in the English county of Berkshire used for thoroughbred horse racing. ... Epsom Derby, Théodore Géricault, 1821. ... Clare Balding (born January 29, 1971) is a BBC sports presenter and journalist. ...


The Derby was won back after many years in 2001, when the BBC also gained rights to the Epsom Oaks, which had only ever previously been shown by ITV and Channel 4 (until 2001, the commercial broadcasters had always held the Epsom contract, but from 1960-1974, in 1977, and in 1979 the BBC had shown the Derby simultaneously with ITV, because it was a protected event which could not be exclusive to either channel). However, many important races have disappeared from the BBC in recent years: the Cheltenham Festival and other Cheltenham meetings went to Channel 4 in 1995, meetings from Newbury moved to Channel 4 in 2002, and after 50 years Glorious Goodwood and other Goodwood meetings were lost to Channel 4 in 2007. Also, in 2007 the Irish Derby, which had been included in Grandstand and later Sunday Grandstand for decades, was only shown on At The Races. The Oaks Stakes is a Group 1 United Kingdom flat racing horse race for three year old fillies run over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs at Epsom Downs during June. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... This article is about the British television station. ... Epsom Downs is a grade-one racecourse near Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom. ... The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom and has race prize money second only to the Grand National. ... Cheltenham Racecourse is located in Cheltenham, England. ... Newbury Racecourse is a racecourse in Newbury, Berkshire, England. ... Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond. ... Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond. ... The Irish Derby Stakes have been held annually at The Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland since 1866. ... It has been suggested that Grandstand Theme Tune be merged into this article or section. ... At the Races is a United Kingdom television channel, formerly run by Channel 4, but now owned by British Sky Broadcasting. ...


The most famous BBC TV racing broadcaster was Peter O'Sullevan, who became one of the first ever TV sports commentators in the immediate post-war years, and stayed with the BBC until 1997. Peter OSullevan (born in Ireland on 2 March 1918) was an BBC horse racing commentator and sports journalist. ...


Golf

The BBC holds exclusive UK rights to live coverage to two of the four men's major golf championships, The Open and the US Masters. Led by veteran commentator Peter Alliss, the team also cover four other European Tour events held in Britain - the PGA Championship, the World Match Play Championship, the British Masters and the Scottish Open, although live coverage of these will be restricted to the weekend's play from 2009 under the new contract negotiated with the European Tour. Sky Sports will cover Thursday and Friday play live.[7] It also covers the Women's British Open. Highlights of the Ryder Cup can also be seen on the BBC. Recently, Match of the Day's Gary Lineker has become the face of golf on the BBC. // The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... Peter Alliss (born February 28, 1931) is an English golfer, television presenter and commentator, author and golf course designer. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... The BMW PGA Championship is an annual mens professional golf tournament on the European Tour. ... The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a matchplay golf tournament played each September at Wentworth Club near London. ... The Quinn Direct British Masters is a European Tour golf tournament. ... The Scottish Open, which is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank, is one of the richer golf tournaments on the PGA European Tour. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Womens British Open, also known for sponsorship reasons as the Weetabix Womens British Open, is one of the leading events in womens professional golf, being the only tournament which is classified as a major by both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... For the Doctor Who novel, see Match of the Day (Doctor Who). ... Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football striker who scored ten goals in two World Cups for the England national team and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC. He is also known for appearing in adverts for the Walkers...


Snooker

The 1970s BBC2 programme Pot Black was arguably the reason for the sport's great popularity over the last 30 years. Snooker produced the largest ever audience for BBC2 with the 1985 World Snooker Championship final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor pulling in 19 million viewers just after midnight. Although not the most glamourous of sports, the sport always pulls in large viewing figures for the BBC through tournaments such as the World Snooker Championships, the Masters, the UK Championship and the Grand Prix. The coverage is regularly hosted by Hazel Irvine and Ray Stubbs. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pot Black was a UK television snooker tournament that played a large part in the popularisation of the modern game. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dennis Taylor just after winning the 1985 championship The 1985 World Snooker Championship final is often cited as the most exciting game of snooker ever seen. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who was born in London and lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... For the soul singer, see Dennis Taylor (singer). ... The World Championship is the climax of snookers annual calendar and the most important snooker event of the year in terms of prestige, prize money and world ranking points. ... The Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters, is a professional snooker tournament. ... The UK Championship is a professional snooker tournament, generally regarded as the second most prestigious tournament after the World Championship. ... The Grand Prix is a professional snooker tournament. ... Hazel Irvine (born May 26, 1965, St Andrews, Scotland), is a television presenter from the United Kingdom. ... Ray Stubbs (born Wallasey, Merseyside, 1956) is a broadcaster and former footballer. ...


Cricket

In September 2005 it was announced that BBC Sport had purchased the rights to show highlights of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, held in the West Indies. BBC Two broadcast 29 hours worth of highlights of the main matches at 11.15pm during the duration of the tournament. The Cricket World Cup is the world championship of one-day cricket, a tournament held quadrenially between all Test cricket playing nations, as well as several representatives from other cricket-playing nations who qualify through a series of qualifying matches. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ...


The BBC also carried some highlights of the 2006-07 Ashes series (other Test highlights were won by Five). The deal included daily highlights of the five match test series and also the Commonwealth Bank Series between Australia, England & New Zealand. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Teams Australia England Captains Ricky Ponting Andrew Flintoff Most Runs Ricky Ponting (576) Michael Hussey (458) Matthew Hayden (413) Kevin Pietersen (490) Paul Collingwood (433) Ian Bell (331) Most Wickets Stuart Clark (26) Shane Warne (23) Glenn McGrath (21) Matthew Hoggard (13) Andrew Flintoff (11) Monty Panesar (10) The 2006... The Commonwealth Bank Series is the current name for the international cricket tournament held in the height of the Australian cricket season, i. ...


In October 2006, the BBC announced that Manish Bhasin and Rishi Persad were to be the new faces of the BBC's cricket coverage. Expert studio analysis and discussion is provided by stars such as Richie Benaud, Tony Greig, Geoffrey Boycott (who also appears on Five as an analyst for summer Tests) and Jonathan Agnew. Manish Bhasin presenting Football Focus Manish Bhasin is a football presenter for the BBC. He currently presents Football Focus on BBC1 with regular pundits Mark Lawrenson and Lee Dixon and is on Saturdays 12. ... Richard Richie Benaud OBE (born October 6, 1930 in Penrith, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer. ... Anthony Tony William Greig (born October 6, 1946) is a former test cricketer and currently a commentator. ... Geoffrey Boycott OBE (born October 21, 1940) is a former Yorkshire and England cricketer. ... Jonathan Philip Agnew (nicknamed Aggers) is an English cricket broadcaster and former professional cricketer. ...


BBCi carried Ashes highlights from 2200 GMT each night, followed by Test Match Special audio commentary when the next day's play begins. For the World Cup live scorecards and audio commentary were provided. BBCi is the brand name for the BBCs interactive television services. ... Test Match Special (known as TMS) is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (long wave), Five Live Sports Extra (digital) and the internet to the United Kingdom and (where broadcasting rights permit) the rest of the world, including Englands winter tours to Sri Lanka and New Zealand... The Cricket World Cup is the world championship of one-day cricket, a tournament held quadrenially between all Test cricket playing nations, as well as several representatives from other cricket-playing nations who qualify through a series of qualifying matches. ...


NFL

On September 13, 2007, it was announced that the BBC had won the exclusive UK free-to-air rights to the Super Bowl for the next two years, starting in 2008[8]. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Free-to-air is a phrase used to describe television and radio broadcasts which are available without subscription and without decryption (pay-TV). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Other sport

As well as all of this, BBC shows the BDO World Darts Championships, coverage of the Skiing World Cup under its Ski Sunday banner; and briefly covers sports such as road and track cycling, sailing, badminton, table tennis, equestrianism, gymnastics and other minority sports in an attempt to publicise the type of sports that will make up the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics. Presenters for these sports include Jill Douglas and Phil Jones who often report for other areas of BBC Sport. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Other BDO tournaments be merged into this article or section. ... Cross-country skiing (skating style) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. ... Ski Sunday is the BBC Sports weekly magazine-style television show covering winter sports, broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sundays in an early evening time-slot. ... Bicycle racers at the 2005 Rund um den Henninger-Turm in Germany Road bicycle racing is a popular bicycle racing sport held on roads (following the geography of the area), using racing bicycles. ... Track cycling is a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially-built banked tracks or velodromes (but many events are held at older velodromes where the track banking is relatively shallow) using track bicycles. ... For either of the songs named Sailing, see Sailing (song). ... -1... “Ping Pong” redirects here. ... A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will be held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. ... Jill Douglas is a Scottish sports presenter, currently working for BBC Sport. ... Phil Jones is an English sports journalist and television reporter. ...


Previous coverage

Cricket

One of BBC Sport's major criticisms is that it no longer shows any live cricket games, having lost coverage of the Test Matches to Channel 4. Coverage was fronted by Tony Lewis for many years. It is a great shame to many people that the BBC, whose cricket coverage is considered to be the world's best, no longer shows this sport. The BBC was also widely criticised for not even bidding for the rights to show home Test matches when the next set of rights between 2006 and 2009 went up for sale. That honour went exclusively (and rather controversially) to Sky Sports, with nightly highlights on Five. However, Director-General of the BBC Mark Thompson announced in April 2006 that the BBC may bid to show live England test matches when the contract next goes out to tender in 2009.[9] This article is about the former Welsh cricketer. ... A Test match between South Africa and England in January 2005. ... Five, launched in 1997, is the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue television channel to launch in the United Kingdom. ... The Director-General is chief executive and editor-in-chief of the BBC. The position is appointed by Board of Governors of the BBC. Sir John Reith (1927-1938) Sir Frederick Ogilvie (1938-1942) Sir Cecil Graves and Robert W. Foot (joint Director-Generals, 1942-1943) Robert W. Foot (1942... Mark Thompson has been the BBC Director-General since May 2004. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Motorsport

The BBC covered Formula 1 for many decades until 1996, initially covering the odd race on the calendar, before introducing in 1976 a programme which followed the entire calendar. Formula 1 was shown under the 'Grand Prix' banner, races were commentated on by Murray Walker, with many co-commentators including James Hunt and Jonathan Palmer. Coverage was expanded in 1996, when all qualifying and races were shown live - many with Steve Rider fronting the coverage. The loss of the rights to ITV was seen as an example of the BBC Sport department's decline in the late 1990s. Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ... Murray Walker. ... For other persons named James Hunt, see James Hunt (disambiguation). ... Doctor Jonathan Palmer (born 7 October 1956) was a racing driver from Britain. ...


The BBC also broadcast the World Rally Championships until 2001, when Channel 4 bought the rights. WRC is now shown on ITV and Eurosport. The British Touring Car Championship was another event the BBC lost when ITV took the broadcasting rights in 2002. The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a series of automobile rally races across the world, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ... Eurosport is the largest European sports satellite and cable network available in 54 countries and broadcasting in 18 different languages. ... The British Touring Car Championship is a touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ...


References

  1. ^ BBC Sport Website. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  2. ^ BBC to trial high-definition TV BBC News Online; 8 November 2005
  3. ^ http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/tvschedule/tv_bbc.html
  4. ^ IFA had to cash in
  5. ^ ITV set to snatch FA Cup rights. BBC News Online. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  6. ^ SPL clubs in BBC broadcast deal. BBC News Online (2007-07-19). Retrieved on 2007-07-19.
  7. ^ European Tour announces new Television Agreement. PGA European Tour (2007-07-11). Retrieved on 2007-07-13.
  8. ^ BBC to show Super Bowl live. Digital Spy (2007-09-13). Retrieved on 2007-09-13.
  9. ^ BBC considers 2009 cricket TV bid BBC Sport; 26 April 2006

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See also

BBC Portal

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