BBC Sport to carry over 650 hours of Winter Olympics coverage

BBC Sport will carry over 650 hours of live action from Sochi as part of its coverage of the Winter Olympics, which starts next month.

Revealing its plans for the Russia-based event, the broadcaster said it will feature over 200 hours on network television with many more available through two red button streams and various other digital platforms.

It said that its technology now enabled more live events “to be given the digital treatment, cost effectively, and leave a legacy for the future. Starting with the Winter Olympics, this new approach will power the BBC’s digital coverage of other major sporting events in 2014, and will go on to bring a range of news, cultural and broadcast events for the first time”.

Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding and Jonathan Edwards will lead TV coverage

Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding and Jonathan Edwards will lead TV coverage

All content from a new Winter Olympics live page will be available on PCs, tablets and mobiles, as well as via the BBC Sport app.

On TV, six live streams and on-demand video will be available through the BBC’s Connected Red Button service on Virgin Media TiVo and Sony Freeview Smart TVs and via the BBC Sport app for connected TVs.

Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards will lead TV coverage of the action from Sochi daily from 7am to 8pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Balding will also introduce the opening and closing ceremonies while Irvine will lead the commentary.

Ron Chakraborty, lead executive of major events for BBC Sport, said: “BBC Sport is very proud to be able to offer such extensive coverage from Sochi 2014 – after delivering London 2012 we’re once again at the forefront of bringing the most innovative and accessible multi-platform sports coverage to our audiences.

“The Winter Olympics is a big part of a fantastic year of sport on the BBC which also includes the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.”

All of Team GB’s medal moments will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live throughout the 17-day event, with Chris Mitchell, Eleanor Oldroyd and Will Perry presenting all the main events and races live across 5 live’s daytime schedules.

Actor Charles Dance has also leant his voice to a Winter Olympics trail to promote the BBC’s coverage of Sochi 2014. It will debut at 8.30pm on BBC One on January 12.

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