GLASGOW 2014: BBC lines up multiple live streams for 2014 Commonwealth Games

The BBC has revealed its first plans for coverage of next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The corporation has promised to provide the most comprehensive Commonwealth Games output to UK audiences in the event’s history.

Ken MacQuarrie, director of BBC Scotland, has pledged the corporation will operate 15 separate streams from 17 of the 19 venues to audiences throughout Scotland and the UK.

The BBC’s coverage of Glasgow 2014 is expected to mirror last summer’s London Olympics, where the BBC used 24 seperate live streams to cover every sporting event as it happened.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will take place between July 23 and August 4, with athletes from 71 countries are expected to attend.

In all, 26 different sporting disciplines – including athletics, swimming and cycling – will be taking place across the 11 day event in 19 different venues across Scotland.

Speaking at an industry event, Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, pledged that programming of, and around, the Games will be second to none.

Delivering the Royal Television Society’s Campbell Swinton Lecture in Glasgow, he said the broadcaster will be taking up the baton from the coverage of last year’s Olympic Games in London.

He said: “In many ways, the Games came of age in a digital world, defined to large extent by the BBC’s approach to coverage.

“We will adopt a similar approach to the Commonwealth Games, during which 15 separate streams will be beamed from 17 locations around Scotland.

“In this endeavour, we will work closely with colleagues in Salford and London and with BBC teams and other broadcasters across the Commonwealth to ensure that the programming of, and around, the Games will be second to none.”

2014 is a significant year for the BBC as it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, as well as covering Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and the Scottish Independence referendum.

It is also a big year for BBC Sport as the corporation screens live coverage of the World Cup in Brazil, shared with ITV, as well as the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the Commonwealth Games.

The BBC secured a £5m deal to provide exclusive coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Games on television, radio and online in July 2011, continuing a long association with the event which dates back to the first British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954.

The 2014 Games follows on from BBC Sport’s comprehensive multi-platform coverage of last year’s Olympic Games, where, in a broadcasting first, all events at the London Games were shown live on television and online.

Nearly 25m watched at least 15-minutes of coverage via the BBC’s Olympics channels, which were available on the Red Button and online, according to BBC figures.

Sunset+Vine and partners Global Television will be the host broadcasters of all 26 sports on the 2014 Commonwealth Games schedule for a potential world-wide audience of more than one billion people.

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