LONDON 2012: BBC announces Olympics presenters line-up

The BBC has announced its presenting line-up for its coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The presentation team will be based in the main studio and at key venues, and will front the corporation’s most extensive coverage of the Olympic Games on BBC Television, spanning over 18 hours throughout the day.

Early morning viewers will wake up to Olympic Breakfast, fronted by a combination of Bill Turnbull, Hazel Irvine, Sian Williams and Chris Hollins.

They will be followed in the mid-morning slot by regular BBC News anchor Mishal Husain, with other presenters, including Clare Balding, Jonathan Edwards, and John Inverdale, positioned at key locations across the Olympic park.

Daytime presenters will include Matt Baker, Clare Balding, Jake Humphrey and Hazel Irvine.

Then Sue Barker will take the baton from 4pm, before handing over to Gary Lineker for the primetime shows from 7pm each night.

Gabby Logan will round-up each day’s action, plus keep across the late night events from around the UK from 10.35pm to 12midnight.

BBC Three will also provide daily coverage throughout the Games, with the daytime action presented by a combination of Manish Bhasin, Rishi Persad and Sonali Shah, before passing over to Jake Humphrey at 7pm.

Huw Edwards will once again lead the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

In a change to previous BBC Olympics presentation, the majority of the live action will be anchored by one presenter.

The 2012 Games will also mark the return of Gary Lineker to the BBC’s Olympics coverage. He was previously involved in the 1996 Atlanta Games, where he co-hosted with Hazel Irvine, and was a roving reporter in Barcelona 1992.

Scott Branch, BBC’s 2012 spokesman, told the Daily Telegraph: “Gary has done the Olympics before in the past, in Barcelona in 1992 and 1996, but a lot of people don’t know that.

“The fact that the last few Olympics have clashed with football season means he hasn’t been available. Now he is, the BBC thought he would be a great choice and we think he’ll do a great job.”

Some of the BBC’s presenters expressed their delight over the announcement via Twitter.

Gabby Logan: “So thrilled that I am part of BBC Olympics coverage. 10.30pm BBC1 every night. We are going to have so much fun. #childhoodambitioncometrue”

Clare Balding: “Very pleased & proud to be a key part of BBC line-up for London 2012 Olympics.”

Jake Humphrey: “Delighted to be part of the #bbc2012 coverage, particularly anchoring the Track Cycling and then fronting @bbc3tv evening coverage.”

Sonali Shah: “Delighted about being one of the BBC’s presenters for @London2012. Looking forward to fronting @bb3tv’s daytime coverage. #Olympicdream”

Mishal Husain: “Really looking forward to being involved in Olympics coverage & showcasing the Games coming to our home turf.”

Jill Douglas confirmed that she will be trackside with Jake Humphrey at the Velodrome to “interview cyclists as they rack up the medals!”

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The BBC is the official UK broadcaster of London 2012, and has committed to broadcasting every minute of live action from the Games throughout the fortnight across all of its platforms, including television, radio, online and mobile.

The corporation will also screen extensive coverage of the 70-day Olympic torch relay in the build-up to next summer’s sporting showpiece, which will take place between July 27 and August 12.

At peak expects to be delivering 24 simultaneous live streams on the BBC Sport website, which is four times more than Beijing in 2008, according to the corporation.

Viewers can begin planning their Olympic viewing already through the BBC Sport website’s session by session online guide – bbc.co.uk/olympics.

The full BBC line-up, including radio, TV commentators, reporters and pundits, will be released at a later date.

It was announced that Manchester band Elbow will perform the BBC’s London 2012 soundtrack.

For the full range of BBC London 2012 content, visit bbc.co.uk/2012.

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