BBC confirm World Athletics 2015 coverage.
The BBC will bring unrivalled coverage of the World Athletics Championships 2015 across TV, radio and online from August 22 - 30. Gabby Logan will lead the presentation from BBC Sport’s home in Salford alongside Michael Johnson while Jonathan Edwards, Steve Cram and the team in Beijing will bring all of the action across BBC One and BBC Two, with Jonathan, Darren Campbell and Mike Costello at the helm on Radio 5 live.
- Four-time Olympic and eight-time World Champion, Michael Johnson returns to the BBC television team
- Gabby Logan and Jonathan Edwards front 70 hours of scheduled television coverage across BBC One and BBC Two
- Television commentary team led by former World Champion Steve Cram
- Former Olympic Champion, Darren Campbell and Mike Costello lead commentary duties on Radio 5 live
- Daily one-hour primetime highlights programme capturing all the best moments from the day’s action
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport says: “As excitement builds towards the World Athletics Championships, we are delighted to bring extensive coverage from the heart of the action. The BBC’s television offering, alongside an abundance of radio, online and digital programming, will make sure audiences will not miss a minute of World Athletics flagship event, as we continue to unite the nation through must see sporting moments.”
Returning to the BBC team, four-time Olympic and eight-time World Champion, Michael Johnson will bring his extensive insight and expertise to the Championships television coverage.
Gabby Logan and Jonathan Edwards lead TV presentation duties alongside Michael Johnson with former 1500m World Champion, Steve Cram leading the commentary team in Beijing featuring Steve Backley, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson, Phil Jones, Brendan Foster and Andrew Cotter. Live television coverage begins on Saturday 22 August at 00:05 UK time with three network programmes across BBC One and BBC Two*, kicking off an unmissable nine days of action.
Radio 5 live will provide full commentary of every evening session in Beijing from 11:00** including main medal events plus two morning sessions on 22 (02:00-05:30) and 23 August (03:00-05:30), with updates into Up All Night on all other days. Jonathan Edwards will present the evening sessions on Radio 5 live with lead commentary from Mike Costello and Darren Campbell alongside Allison Curbishley plus Sonja McLaughlan reporting in the mixed zone.
Coverage begins with a World Athletics Championships: A Beijing Special preview programme on BBC Two on Friday 21 August at 19:00, setting the scene for an action packed nine days of world class athletics.
The BBC’s extensive television coverage will mean that audiences will not miss a moment of the action from Beijing. The daily schedule will see the morning sessions run through the night in the UK on BBC Two, with the evening sessions live from 11:00 each day across BBC One and BBC Two followed by an hour long round up programme each evening. Programme start times across the Championship will vary across BBC One and BBC Two (see full broadcast schedule for details).
The daily World Championship Athletics: The Highlights programme will bring a definitive guide to all the day’s events starting on Saturday 22 August at 17:00*** on BBC Two. Gabby Logan will lead presentation duties along with special guests from the world of athletics bringing their insight and analysis on all the top stories.
BBC Sport’s digital offering of the World Championship in Beijing will bring live coverage and highlights across PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV. The dedicated live coverage page - available on the BBC Sport website - will offer live video, radio and text commentary, rolling highlights and votes, whilst a daily highlights package will be available via BBC Red Button from 07:00 each day and will run on repeat throughout each morning. Fans will also be able to share their views on the action via social media, using #bbcathletics or by commenting on the BBC Sport Facebook page.
There will be full coverage across BBC News with our team of network correspondents guiding News Channel viewers through all the day’s action via three bulletins per day on BBC One plus further updates on BBC News online, BBC Sport website and Radio 4. BBC World Service Radio will also report from Beijing, making sure audiences stay up-to-date with all the main stories throughout the Championship.
The BBC’s coverage of the World Athletics Championships will include additional programming with Radio 1Xtra Live in Manchester and CBBC Summer Sportarama at MediaCityUK, Salford – see additional programming section for full details.
*Television start times will vary – check broadcast schedule for full details
** Radio 5 live start times will vary - check broadcast schedule for full details
***World Athletics Championships: The Highlights will broadcast on BBC Two at 19:00 on 24 – 28 August and 18:00 on 29 August
Additional World Athletics Championship Events
CBBC Summer Sportarama
CBBC is bringing the magic of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships to MediaCityUK in Salford this summer with the CBBC Summer Sportarama.
This exciting event is free to attend and will give children the chance to take part in athletics events and other activities designed to give them a flavour of the championships taking place in Beijing.
The CBBC Summer Sportarama takes place on the opening weekend of the IAAF World Athletics Championships from 22 to 23 August 2015 across different zones located on the Piazza at the BBC’s MediaCityUK site. The activities will begin at 10am and finish at 5pm both days and are unticketed.