OLYMPICS: BBC Sport launches new Olympic magazine series

June 11, 2013

Almost a year on from the spectacular London 2012 Games, BBC Sport has announced it is to launch a new Olympic magazine series and broadcast campaign encouraging sports participation across the UK.

Inspire: The Olympic Journey – a new monthly series airing on Saturday afternoons on BBC One – will celebrate the biggest names, the rising stars and the unsung heroes of Olympic sport.

Presented by Gabby Logan, the series will be accompanied by Get Inspired, a multiplatform, pan-BBC initiative to promote participation and help individuals get more involved in grass-root sporting activities.


AWARDS: Clare Balding to receive special BAFTA TV award

April 28, 2013

Sports presenter Clare Balding is to receive a special award at next month’s BAFTA Television Awards.

She will be recognised for her ‘Outstanding Achievement in Factual Presenting’ at the ceremony to be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12.

The BAFTA committee described her work covering London 2012 – on the BBC for the Olympics and on Channel 4 for the Paralympics – had made her ‘a national treasure’.

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AWARDS: Olympics, Paralympics and Wimbledon nominated for 2013 BAFTA TV sport award

April 9, 2013

The shortlist for the 2013 Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards have been announced with London 2012-related programmes and events dominating the main sports category.

The ‘Sport and Live Event’ nominations include the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, the BBC’s coverage of Olympic ‘Super Saturday’ and the 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final, as well as Channel 4’s Paralympic Games coverage.

Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony, which was broadcast live on BBC One to a record 30m viewers, is also nominated in the Radio Times Audience Award category, which is the only award decided by the public.

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ICE HOCKEY: TeamGB 2014 Olympic Qualifiers – Live on ESPN

February 5, 2013

Ice Hockey UK has announced that all of Great Britain’s matches at the Olympic final qualifiers in Riga, Latvia, will be shown on ESPN.

The winners of the Group E qualifying tournament will progress through to next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Currently 21st in the world, Great Britain will face their Latvian hosts, France and Kazakhstan, all ranked higher in the global standings, from February 7-10.

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WINTER SPORTS: Ski Sunday returns for the 2013 season on BBC Two

January 2, 2013

The new series of the BBC’s long-running Ski Sunday begins on January 13 and will feature all the thrills and excitement of the men’s and women’s World Cup skiing season as well as the usual mix of news and views from the world of winter sports.

Regular presenters Graham Bell and Ed Leigh return to front the 35th series across seven weeks on BBC Two and BBC HD, culminating with the FIS Alpine World Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria from February 4-17.

They will joined by Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams, who retired from skeleton last year, as all three also look ahead to some of top British hopefuls for medals at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, now just 13 months away.

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REVIEW 2012: A Golden Year of Sport

December 31, 2012

Sport On The Box looks back at 2012 – A Golden Year of Sport.

It was the greatest of all years for British sport, with unparalleled success in so many fields and a home Olympics which the rest of the world hailed as one of the best ever.

The images from a memorable 2012 will linger long in the collective consciousness and SOTB reviews a year that was sprinkled gold by so many unforgetable TV moments.

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XMAS WATCH: Christmas Specials on Sky Sports

December 18, 2012

Sky Sports presents a bumper line-up of programming this festive season with a host of Christmas specials and review shows looking back at the some the memorable moments that have enlightened viewers throughout 2012.

The Gillette Soccer Saturday team return to the pitch for their Christmas special as the show’s pundits pair off to battle it out again for the Soccer Saturday Cup, and stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment are welcomed onto the Soccer AM sofa for a special Christmas Day edition.

There’s also a chance to relive the drama of some of the biggest sporting moments of the year, including Chelsea’s sensational UEFA Champions League triumph in Munich and Europe’s remarkable comeback at the Ryder Cup in Medinah.

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XMAS WATCH: BBC to replay the best sporting moments of 2012

December 17, 2012

The BBC will celebrate this extraordinary year of sport by replaying a selection of the defining sporting moments of 2012 on the Red Button over the festive period.

BBC Sport has captured the majority of the main headlines and compelling stories that have absorbed millions across the nation throughout this vintage year, including the Six Nations, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and Formula 1, with the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Games taking centre stage for 17 glorious days in the summer.

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EQUESTRIAN: London International Horse Show 2012 – Live on BBC TV & British Eurosport

December 16, 2012

The BBC and British Eurosport will be providing extensive coverage of the London International Horse Show as it celebrates the 40th anniversary since its reintroduction at Olympia.

Billed as the world’s top equestrian Christmas party, the show will welcome more than 80,000 fans to witness a mix of world-class dressage and show jumping, plus a variety of festive entertainment and special equestrian displays.

This year’s event marks the 40th year since this prestigious event was reintroduced by the late Raymond Brooks-Ward, the BBC’s distinguished former voice of equestrian sport, to Olympia in the 1970s.

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ATHLETICS: Channel 4 hands 2013 World Championships rights to the BBC

December 13, 2012

Channel 4 have offloaded the live rights to the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow to the BBC.

Both broadcasters reached a “commercial agreement” which will see the transfer of the broadcast rights to next year’s showpiece athletics event pass to the corporation.

The last World Championships in Daegu in 2011 were covered by Channel 4, but the broadcaster has decided to pull the plug on their agreement with the IAAF a year early after losing out to the BBC for the next term.

The corporation were due to take back the showcase track and field contract from Channel 4 in 2014 on a four-year deal that includes the World Championships coming to London in 2017.

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XMAS WATCH: Olympics 2012 – 50 Greatest Moments on BBC Three

December 12, 2012

BBC Three presents a fun, irreverent and uplifting countdown of the 50 greatest moments from the unforgettable and historic London 2012 Olympic Games on Monday, December 17, at 8.30pm.

Gabby Logan and Radio 1 presenter Greg James present the two-hour special, featuring contributions from those who made the headlines at this summer’s extravaganza, including gold medallists Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Mo Farah, as well as diving star Tom Daley.

Olympics 2012: 50 Greatest Moments will relive all the spectacular events, as well as some of the light-hearted ones, from the biggest sporting spectacle in our lifetime.

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XMAS WATCH: British Eurosport celebrates Britain’s 2012 stars with three special programmes‏

December 11, 2012

In the build-up to the Sports Personality of the Year awards this Sunday night, British Eurosport will pay tribute to four of the shortlisted contenders in three special programmes dedicated to their astonishing achievements.

British Eurosport’s comprehensive coverage of cycling, tennis and the London 2012 Olympic Games this year meant that they captured some of the defining moments of the sporting year, featuring British stars Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Bradley Wiggins.

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