It is the biggest ever summer of sport on the BBC, and the UEFA European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine will take centre stage throughout the whole of June, with extensive TV, radio and online coverage.
Kicking off on June 8 and culminating with the final in Kiev on July 1, the BBC TV’s coverage of the continent’s showpiece event will be led once again by Gary Lineker, with 16 live games to broadcast on BBC One and BBC Three, including a potential England quarter final, both semi finals and the final.
The BBC’s main presentation team will be based at BBC Sport’s new state-of-the-art studios at MediaCityUK in Salford, whilst a smaller team based in Poland and Ukraine will take fans to the heart of the action.
There will also be highlights programmes showing all of the games not covered live, as well as extensive coverage on the BBC Sport website, including live streaming, text commentaries, in-depth team and venue guides, plus behind-the-scenes videos.
All of the BBC’s Euro 2012 coverage will be shown in high-definition on BBC One HD or BBC HD.
With England representing the home nations, Euro 2012 is certain to capture the imaginations of football fans across the country, and the BBC’s TV coverage promises to be comprehensive and in-depth, ensuring fans can keep up to date with all the action.
UK TV coverage of all 31 games will once again be shared between the BBC and ITV, and full details of ITV’s coverage of the tournament can be found here.
Here’s SOTB’s complete guide to the BBC’s Euro 2012 coverage:
Gary Lineker leads the BBC’s TV coverage for a fourth successive European Championships and will present all the key matches from the BBC’s Salford studios.
Colin Murray will front the late-night highlights shows, while Manish Bhasin will host live coverage of two matches on BBC Three.
They will be joined by the BBC’s regular pundits including Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, Lee Dixon and Robbie Savage, alongside some of the biggest names in world football.
They include Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, Euro ’96 winner Jurgen Klinsmann, Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf, former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn, and former England goalkeeper David James.
Using the very latest in augmented-reality virtual graphics, Motion Analysis and VizRT, the BBC team will bring the atmosphere and flavour of every live game to audiences across the country.
Guy Mowbray leads the BBC’s commentary team and will commentate on his first European Championship final for the corporation on July 1, as well as all of the BBC’s live England games.
Also part of the BBC team are Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson and Simon Brotherton, with co-commentators including Mark Lawrenson, Martin Keown, Mick McCarthy and Mark Bright.
On location in Poland and Ukraine, Jake Humphrey will be at some of the BBC live games to capture the excitement of the tournament, with further reports on-site coming from Dan Walker.
Gabby Logan will bring all the news from the England camp, reflecting on the mood of the team before and after their big games.
Damian Johnson will perform the same role with the Republic of Ireland team, reflecting the particular interest in their progress.
Before the tournament begins there will be two Football Focus preview programmes, firstly from Epsom ahead of the Investec Derby on June 2, and the second from Warsaw on June 6.
In the knockout stages, the BBC will have first and fourth pick of the quarter-finals, and screen both semi finals exclusively live. BBC and ITV will share coverage of the final on July 1.
BBC Red Button will offer match highlights, previews, reaction, audio options and analysis throughout the tournament.
The TiVo-connected TV platform will also be in operation for Euro 2012 with 12 on-demand news clips and additional live streams.
Philip Bernie, BBC’s Head of TV Sport, said: “We are really looking forward to our top team covering the European Championships.
“We have an excellent line-up of talent to present and comment on all the action and hope to see England progressing as far as possible, with the BBC showing all their knockout matches live.”
In addition to comprehensive TV coverage the BBC will also bring audiences full coverage of the tournament across radio and online platforms.
BBC Radio 5 Live will be at the heart of Euro 2012 this summer with on the spot coverage from the BBC’s team of radio presenters, commentators and summarisers.
Every game will be covered on 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra while throughout the tournament across the station there will be interviews, news, comment and reaction from Poland and Ukraine.
SJA sports broadcaster of the year Mark Pougatch will lead the presentation team in Poland and Ukraine coming live from Warsaw for the first game between Poland and Greece as well as broadcasting live from all of England’s matches.
Mark Chapman and Colin Murray will front the station’s coverage from the studios in Salford, and will be joined by Robbie Savage and Steve McClaren.
Commentary will come from chief football correspondent Mike Ingham along with Alan Green, John Murray, Darren Fletcher, Ian Dennis, Conor McNamara and Alistair Bruce-Ball.
Expert analysis will come from Chris Waddle, Graham Taylor, Danny Mills, Jan Molby, Pat Nevin and Kevin Kilbane.
Mike Ingham and Ian Dennis will be based at the England camp in Krakow, bringing listeners all the latest news and interviews whilst giving a flavour of the atmosphere in and around the camp.
Nicky Campbell’s 5 live breakfast team will follow the fortunes of the England team as they travel through Ukraine whilst Alan Green will host a live 606 phone in show from the ground after every England game.
Over in Gdansk, Conor McNamara and Kevin Kilbane will bring all the news and insight from the Ireland camp.
Adrian Van Klaveren, Controller Radio 5 Live, added: “Euro 2012 is the start of a spectacular summer of sport across 5 Live and 5 Live sports extra.
From the first kick to the final whistle, we’ll make sure our listeners can hear all the action and news as well as having their say on air and online.”
The BBC’s dedicated Euro 2012 website offers a raft of online tools, alongside live streaming of BBC games, making it easier than ever to follow the whole tournament wherever you might be.
Live video coverage will be available online for all of the BBC games as well as goals and highlights from every game throughout the tournament.
The BBC iPlayer will also allow users to watch live BBC One games online up to seven days after transmission.
Saturday 2nd June Football Focus – Preview 1 – 12.10pm-12.50pm – BBC One (HD) Wednesday 6th June Football Focus – Preview 2 – 10.45pm-11.30pm – BBC One (HD) Friday 8th June POLAND 1-1 GREECE – Group A | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – 4.15pm-7pm – BBC One (HD) RUSSIA 3-1 CZECH REPUBLIC – Group A | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 11.30pm-12.20am – BBC One (HD) Saturday 9th June NETHERLANDS 0-1 DENMARK – Group B | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – 4.30pm-7.10pm – BBC One (HD) GERMANY 1-0 PORTUGAL – Group B | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7.30pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Sunday 10th June SPAIN 1-1 ITALY – Group C | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – ITV1 REP. OF IRELAND 1-3 CROATIA – Group C | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 10.30pm-11.30pm – BBC Two / BBC HD Monday 11th June FRANCE 1-1 ENGLAND – Group D | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – ITV1 UKRAINE 2-1 SWEDEN – Group D | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Tuesday 12th June GREECE 1-2 CZECH REPUBLIC – Group A | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – ITV1 POLAND 1-1 RUSSIA – Group A | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 11.05pm-11.55pm – BBC One (HD) Wednesday 13th June DENMARK 2-3 PORTUGAL – Group B | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – ITV1 NETHERLANDS 1-2 GERMANY – Group B | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Thursday 14th June ITALY 1-1 CROATIA – Group C | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – 4.45pm-7pm – BBC One (HD) SPAIN 4-0 REP. OF IRELAND – Group C | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 11.35pm-12.35am – BBC One (HD) Friday 15th June UKRAINE 0-2 FRANCE – Group D | Kick-off: 17:00 LIVE – ITV1 SWEDEN 2-3 ENGLAND – Group D | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Saturday 16th June GREECE 1-0 RUSSIA – Group A | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7.30pm-10pm – BBC Three / BBC HD CZECH REPUBLIC 1-0 POLAND – Group A | Kick-off 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Sunday 17th June PORTUGAL 2-1 NETHERLANDS – Group B | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 DENMARK 1-2 GERMANY – Group B | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV4 Highlights – 11pm-12am – BBC One (HD) Monday 18th June CROATIA 0-1 SPAIN – Group C | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) ITALY 2-0 REP. OF IRELAND – Group C | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7.30pm-10pm – BBC Three / BBC HD Tuesday 19th June SWEDEN 2-0 FRANCE – Group D | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV4 ENGLAND 1-0 UKRAINE – Group D | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 11.05pm-12.05am – BBC One (HD) Thursday 21st June CZECH REPUBLIC v PORTUGAL – Quarter Final 1 | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Friday 22nd June GERMANY v GREECE – Quarter Final 2 | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 11.30pm-12.20am – BBC One (HD) Saturday 23rd June SPAIN v FRANCE – Quarter Final 3 | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – ITV1 Highlights – 11pm-11.50pm – BBC One (HD) Sunday 24th June ENGLAND v ITALY – Quarter Final 4 | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Wednesday 27th June Winner QF1 v Winner QF3 – Semi Final 1 | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Thursday 28th June Winner QF2 v Winner QF4 – Semi Final 2 | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10pm – BBC One (HD) Sunday 1st July UEFA EURO 2012 Final | Kick-off: 19:45 LIVE – 7pm-10.30pm – BBC One (HD) / ITV1 . . Full BBC TV Line-up Presenters: Gary Lineker, Colin Murray, Manish Bhasin Studio Experts: Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, Lee Dixon, Harry Redknapp, Clarence Seedorf, Jurgen Klinsmann, Niall Quinn, David James, Robbie Savage Commentators: Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton Co-Commentators: Mark Lawrenson, Martin Keown, Mick McCarthy, Mark Bright Reporters: Gabby Logan, Jake Humphrey, Dan Walker, Damian Johnson . . Full BBC Radio Line-up Presenters: Mark Pougatch, Mark Chapman, Colin Murray Commentators: Mike Ingham, Alan Green, John Murray, Darren Fletcher, Conor McNamara, Alistair Bruce-Ball, John Motson, David Pleat Summarisers: Chris Waddle, Graham Taylor, Danny Mills, Kevin Kilbane, Jan Molby, Pat Nevin, Steve McClaren, Robbie Savage . .