World Athletics Championships 2017 are coming to the BBC - across TV, radio and online
Five years on from the unforgettable London 2012 Olympics, the BBC returns to London to deliver coverage of the World Athletics Championships 2017 across TV, radio and online.
In an exciting addition to the punditry team, Olympic Gold Medallist and World Heptathlon Champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her BBC debut, offering her expert opinion and analysis on the world’s best athletes during the Championships, alongside fellow Olympian Gold Medallist and audience favourite Michael Johnson.
Gabby Logan will lead presentation duties from the London Stadium for BBC One and BBC Two, while the Radio 5 offering will see Sonja McLaughlan as lead presenter alongside correspondent Mike Costello and former Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell. There will also be a dedicated live page on the BBC Sport website alongside the very best in social media from BBC Sport, meaning audiences have plenty of opportunities to get an athletics fix anytime, anywhere.
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “The World Athletics Championships 2017 is one of the stand-out moments of the sporting summer and the BBC will provide audiences with comprehensive coverage across TV, radio and online. The world’s biggest athletics stars will once again gather in London for ten unforgettable days of live sport.”
TV coverage kicks off on Thursday 3 August with a World Athletics Championship special on BBC Two, 7pm, looking ahead to the world class athletics that is to come. Then, every day throughout the Championships, BBC One and BBC Two will show all the drama from what is set to be an action-packed ten days from the capital. A half hour highlights programme, presented by Gabby Logan and Ore Oduba from 10pm on BBC Two, will wrap up the best of the day’s action and all the major talking points.
Steve Cram and Brendan Foster will lead the TV commentary team, which features Steve Backley, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson, Phil Jones and Andrew Cotter. For legendary commentator and former European 5,000m gold medallist Brendan Foster, the Championships will mark his last before he hangs up his microphone after a remarkable 37-year commentating career with the BBC.
The Opening Ceremony, on Friday 4 August from 6pm on BBC Two, will officially launch this year’s Championship from the London Stadium with an expected crowd of over 50,000 in attendance. Then, on the same evening, Mo Farah kicks competes in the 10,000m before Usain Bolt, eight-time Olympic champion, looks to add to his 11 world championship gold medals in the men’s 100m - a truly unmissable moment in sporting history - before bowing out on the world stage in his final men’s relay race on Saturday 12 August.
Away from the live action, Michael Johnson will front a one-off documentary on BBC One, The Heroes Of Super Saturday: Jess, Mo & Greg, on BBC One (Sunday 30 July, 10.30pm-11.20pm) which explores what it takes to be a world-class athlete, and the challenges of staying at the top. Through the unique stories of British athletics stars, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, Michael discovers what is so captivating about athletics and what the next generation of stars will face, as they prepare for the first UK World Championships in its history.
In addition, Brendan Foster: A Life In Athletics on BBC One (Saturday July 29, 1.15pm-2pm) looks at Brendan’s glorious career as an athlete and one of broadcasting’s greatest and most respected commentators, while Jessica Ennis-Hill And The Next Generation on BBC Two (Saturday 29 July 4.30pm-5pm) profiles the new stars of British athletics ahead of the forthcoming championships.
Radio 5 live will provide full live commentary across the Championship with Sonja McLaughlan, presenting alongside correspondent Mike Costello and Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell, Commonwealth silver medallist Allison Curbishley and Ed Harry on commentary duties.
Radio 5 live will air a one-off special Usain Bolt: 100 Days That Shook The World (Tuesday 1 August 7.30pm-9pm) in which BBC Sport’s Chief Writer Tom Fordyce looks at how in 2008 Usain Bolt went from a promising athlete to one of the most famous sports people in the world, featuring interviews with members of his inner circle and some of his competitors on the track. Also, in the week leading up to the live action, Radio 5 live will bring a two-hour preview show looking forward to what is to come presented by Sonja McLaughlan.
BBC Sport will also deliver live online coverage and highlights across PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV. All of the BBC’s TV coverage will be available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer, where audiences can restart live programmes, and a dedicated page on the BBC Sport website. This will offer live video, radio and text commentary, rolling highlights and votes, with a daily highlights package available online and via the mobile app. Fans will also be able to interact and share their views on the action via BBC Sport’s dedicated social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) under a dedicated hashtag #bbcathletics
Audiences can also follow the action through a personalised BBC Sport service, including the latest breaking news alerts from the athletics and wider sporting worlds. And users of the BBC Sport app on Apple, Android and Kindle can personalise their own My Sport page to put athletics front and centre during the Championship.
Sport the BBC News Channel will be presented live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, with Jessica Creighton and Olly Foster anchoring the latest updates across the network - including BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire and Sportsday programmes. From 18:30 each night there'll be a special World Athletics Sportsday, with the latest action and interviews with the winners, while Sportsday at 10.30pm each weekday will have a full round up of the day's action.
On BBC World Service radio, Ed Harry and Ade Adeydoin will provide the best of the day’s action in Sport Today (weekdays, 3.30pm and 6.30pmz) and in Sportsworld (weekends, 14:00 GMT). Focus on Africa will also have live commentary on the big finals daily from 19:00 GMT.