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Rio Olympics 2016 – Live TV Coverage on the BBC

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place from Friday 5th August – Sunday 21st August 2016 with live coverage across the BBC.

The BBC will broadcast a total of 550 hours of network coverage across 17 days of world-class sporting action.

The BBC will have an elite team of former Great Britain Olympic athletes out in Rio. Unparalleled expertise and knowledge will come from sporting legends such as Sir Chris Hoy, Denise Lewis, Beth Tweddle, Sir Steve Redgrave, Rebecca Adlington and Sir Clive Woodward, who will give their own unique insight into the key sporting moments, bringing audiences closer to all the action.

Making his BBC debut, Olympic and IBF world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua will also be out in Rio sharing with viewers his thoughts and insight on the medal hopefuls in the ring.

Up to 24 live HD video streams will be available across the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport App and Red Button+ – accessible via desktop, mobile, tablet and connected televisions.

Hazel kicks off BBC One’s live daily coverage from 1pm until 4am. Clare Balding and Mark Chapman will guide viewers through the live action each day from 7pm-midnight, with Jason Mohammad taking over from midnight until 4am.

Ore Oduba will welcome viewers to BBC Four daily between 1-7pm, while Dan Walker will anchor the channel from 7pm until the end of the day’s action.

Bringing viewers right to the centre of the drama, Gabby Logan will be in position at the Olympics Park to present Athletics, while Clare Balding will be trackside at the Velodrome for Cycling. From the Aquatics Centre, Helen Skelton fronts Swimming with Matt Baker at the Olympics Arena for Gymnastics and John Inverdale live at the Lagoa Stadium for the Rowing.

BBC TV line-up and schedule

BBC One / BBC Two

06:00-09:15: BBC Breakfast
09:15-13:00: Replay of the best of the overnight action (BBC Two)
1300-1900 UK – Hazel Irvine
1900-0000 UK – Clare Balding / Mark Chapman
0000-0400 UK – Jason Mohammad

BBC Four and BBC Four HD

1300-1800 UK – Ore Oduba
1800-0100 UK – Dan Walker
0100-0400 UK – live action



Presenter: Gabby Logan

Commentators: Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Andrew Cotter, Steve Backley

Guests: Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe, Colin Jackson

Reporter: Phil Jones


Presenter: John Inverdale

Commentators: Ronald McIntosh, Richie Woodhall

Guest: Anthony Joshua


Patrick Winterton, Helen Reeves


Presenter: Clare Balding

Commentators: Simon Brotherton, Chris Boardman

Guests: Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton

Reporter: Jill Douglas


Commentators: Bob Ballard, Leon Taylor


Presenter: Lee McKenzie

Commentators: Michael Tucker, Ian Stark, Andy Austin


Presenter /commentator: Matt Baker

Commentators: Craig Heap, Christine Still

Guest: Beth Tweddle


Commentators: Matt Chilton, Simon Mason, Mel Clewlow

Modern pentathlon

Presenter: Eleanor Oldroyd

Commentator: Steph Cook


Presenter: John Inverdale

Commentators: Garry Herbert, James Cracknell

Guest: Sir Steve Redgrave

Rugby Sevens

Presenter: John Inverdale

Commentator: Eddie Butler

Guests: Sir Clive Woodward


Presenter: Shirley Robertson

Commentator: Niall Myant, Ian Walker


Presenter: Helen Skelton

Commentators: Andy Jameson, Adrian Moorhouse

Guests: Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster

Reporter: Sharron Davies


Presenter: Jonathan Edwards

Commentators: Matt Chilton, Annie Emmerson

Other commentators/reporters

Sir Matthew Pinsent, Rishi Persad, Jess Creighton, Simon Reed, Paul Hand, Ollie Williams, Nick Hope, David McDaid, Kat Downes

Updated: Friday 5 August 2016

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