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Other commentators are used for longer tournaments such as Willie Thorne and Terry Griffiths. During the World Championships, guest commentators have featured, such as Peter Ebdon and George Riley , though Riley has only appeared as a commentator on an occasional basis usually the lack of other commentators. Bobby George has presented as well from to Both the live coverage and highlights use coverage and commentators from American TV.

The BBC previously held the rights to live coverage, highlights primarily broadcast on its web site and live radio coverage of the NFL from to As well as all of this, the BBC broadcasts winter sports, including the Alpine Skiing World Cup , under its Ski Sunday banner; and briefly covers sports such as road and track cycling , sailing , badminton , table tennis , squash , equestrianism , gymnastics and other minority sports.

A five-year contract was signed by BBC Sport to cover the event from after last covering the race. Clare Balding hosts this and commentary came from Andrew Cotter from to , —present and from Jonathan Legard in Former presenters for this were Harry Carpenter who also commentated and Steve Rider while Barry Davies also commentated on this from the s to Former bowls presenters include David Icke and Dougie Donnelly.

Horse racing coverage on the BBC had declined in recent years and finished altogether at the end of when Channel 4 won the rights to the Grand National, Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby. Also, in the Irish Derby , which had been included in Grandstand and later Sunday Grandstand for decades, was only shown on At the Races. The Grand National used to be one of the biggest attractions on Grandstand with audiences around or often in excess of 10 million for the race on a Saturday afternoon.

Coverage of other events such as Royal Ascot and The Derby were also broadcast. The Derby was won back after many years in , when the BBC also gained rights to The Oaks , which had only ever previously been shown by ITV and Channel 4 until , the commercial broadcasters had always held the Epsom contract, but from to , in and in the BBC had shown the Derby simultaneously with ITV, because it was a protected event which could not be exclusive to either channel.

Julian Wilson had presented the BBC's horse racing coverage for more than 30 years and also retired in Clare Balding took over presenting duties following Wilson's retirement. Prior to the BBC had shown live cricket coverage for many decades. Coverage had been fronted by Peter West and later by Tony Lewis. Richie Benaud was a commentator for the BBC for more than 30 years. One of BBC Sport's major criticisms is that it no longer shows any live cricket games.

The BBC was also criticised for subsequently not bidding for the rights to show home Test matches. They also had highlights of the —07 Ashes Series with Manish Bhasin. The BBC provided live coverage of all races from to , but from to the BBC showed 10 races live each season and highlights of all the races including the ones shown live. Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson acted as pitlane reporters.

The main commentators were Jonathan Legard in and , Martin Brundle in and Ben Edwards from to Brundle acted as co-commentator in and and David Coulthard from to Murray Walker continues to contribute to coverage across the BBC as he has done for over sixty years and triple world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has a blog on BBC's website.

After a successful first season fronted by Suzi Perry , coverage was expanded with more live races and the contract was extended to the end of the season. From the season, more coverage became available on qualifying and race days again through the use of the Red Button service. The BBC had shown full coverage of the Paralympics since the s with the amount of coverage increasing in the s to include some live coverage of the Paralympic Games.

In February , it was announced that the BBC would cover the inaugural Professional Darts Corporation -sanctioned Champions League of Darts and as a consequence, its year association with the British Darts Organisation came to an end. On 30 June it was announced that live cricket would be returning to the BBC for the first time in 21 years. They will also have live broadcasts of two home T20 matches, plus 10 matches from a new domestic ball competition launching in Coverage also includes England Women for whom they will broadcast one home T20 and 8 matches from the new domestic tournament from The BBC has developed a large team to cover its range of sports.

The BBC Sport Team page details a list of the current and former presenters, commentators, reporters and analysts. Commentary on Wimbledon men's and women's singles finals.

Local commentary on the Elite Ice Hockey League. Live on Sports Extra. The website features scores and analysis from a variety of sports including those not broadcast by the BBC. The site also includes news stories related to teams or particular sports and live broadcast coverage of some sports. The website launched c. The new look gave more prominence to live sports, programmes and events as well as news on the individual teams. An Android version was launched in February that year.

Until , the BBC Sport website hosted an online sports forum entitled , named after the original start-time of the radio programme — six minutes past six.

It covered a large variety of topics which included cricket , football , rugby league and union , tennis , athletics , motorsport and many more. Sporting teams usually had their own individual pages where members could post and comment on any news or topics relating to that team.

Users accessed through an account system and could comment and rate their opinions. The forum was moderated by the BBC and any posts deemed to have broken the 'house rules' was not posted. As all posts had to be post moderated and as conversations were increasingly being done through social media websites that BBC Sport were a part of, the site was closed on 31 May The service offers a sports multi-screen service covering sports news stories in addition to five streams that can broadcast sport through the red button.

This is often used for uninterrupted coverage and scores over a commentary, or for an alternative sport event unable to be covered on the main BBC TV or radio services. BBC Sport also award several awards in recognition of the sports community. The mainstay of this is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, created in and awarded in a high-profile ceremony in December of each year.

The awards also include the BBC Nations and Regions, who often present awards at local ceremonies for similar reasons; the winners of these local awards are therefore frequently put forward for the national awards themselves allowing all areas of the country to be represented at the national awards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sports broadcasting contracts in the United Kingdom.

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