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Old 20-11-2011, 23:39
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Sunday 20th November - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

NFL on 5 Live with Nat Coombs and Darren Fletcher (in London)

American Football: NFL Week 11
San Diego Chargers @ Chicago Bears - Larry Kahn and Charles Arbuckle, with Troy West at pitchside (9.15pm GMT commentary provided by Sports USA Radio)

Due to the Nadal v Fish tennis match at the 02 Arena massively overrunning, 5LSE were only able to join tonight's NFL fixture deep into the game. They went on-air at 11.30pm and picked up commentary with moments to go in the third quarter.
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Old 23-11-2011, 16:16
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BBC Sport: BBC extends contract to broadcast Six Nations on TV, radio & online up to and including 2017.
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Old 24-11-2011, 17:28
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More broadcast rights news...

The BBC has won the TV, radio and online rights to the 2015 and 2017 World Athletics Championships.

The event returns to the BBC following the EBU's successful bid for IAAF pan European rights.

As an EBU bid partner, the BBC will be the sole UK free to air broadcaster in Beijing in 2015 and London two years later.
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Old 25-11-2011, 20:25
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BBC Bristol / Somerset

Worcester Warriors V Bath (Aviva Premiership RU) - Andrew Sheridan and Tom Bradshaw (95.5FM / 1548MW / Online)
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Old 27-11-2011, 14:16
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BBC Bristol

London Scottish V Bristol (RFU Championship) - Ed Hadwin (studio host) Andy Champion and Mark Hoskin (1548MW / DAB / Online)
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Old 28-11-2011, 01:19
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Sunday 27th November - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

NFL on 5 Live with Tony Husband (in London) and Greg Brady (in Toronto, Ontario)

American Football: NFL Week 12
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles - Howard David and Tony Boselli (9.15pm GMT commentary provided by Westwood One)
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers - Larry Kahn and John Robinson, with Troy West at pitchside (commentary on overtime provided by Sports USA Radio)

After losing most of last weekend's game due to an overrun in the tennis, 5LSE provided some bonus NFL by picking up overtime in the Broncos-Chargers match at the conclusion of their main game.
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Old 28-11-2011, 01:35
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Saturday 19th November

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 6
Gloucester v Harlequins - Russell Hargreaves

Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th November

Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals
02 Arena - Dave Luddy

Saturday 26th November

Rugby Union: Premiership
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers - Nick Heath

Sunday 27th November

Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos - Graham Courtney
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Old 01-12-2011, 14:18
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A few personnel moves from the past few weeks that are at least partially relevant to BBC Radio's sports coverage:

BBC Radio's swimming commentator Bob Ballard is leaving his staff role at the Beeb after 19 years with them in order to set up his own production company and go freelance. He has blogged about this here.

He'll still be involved with BBC Radio's coverage of the sports he covers including at the Olympics next year, but with Radio 5 Live moving to Salford I doubt we'll hear him reading sports bulletins or presenting football coverage on Sports Extra. I've always thought of Bob as being one of 5 Live's best sport correspondents and have long felt the reason why he's never been given a really big gig (host of 5 Live Sport etc) is due to him being viewed as too much of an all-rounder (see Barry Davies).

A number of news sources (including the Daily Telegraph) are reporting that BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC London's David Croft will be joining Sky Sports' Formula 1 team in 2012 as their lead commentator alongside Martin Brundle. Not sure what this means for his other commitments although The Guardian seem to believe he will be commentating on the BDO World Darts Championship for both BBC TV and ESPN.

If Croft does join Sky, I guess the favourites to replace him as 5 Live's F1 commentator must be former BBC TV voice Jonathan Legard or Mike Sewell, a motorsport correspondent who also covers football for 5 Live but has lost out on commentary opportunities on that sport after the station lost Premier League rights to talkSPORT and stands to lose more still once the three person commentary set-up is largely abolished next season. Sewell would be my prediction at this stage.

Former Test Match Special commentator and NFL on 5 Live presenter Arlo White has been confirmed as NBC's lead commentator on Major League Soccer and USA international football games. He joins the major US TV network two years after moving from the BBC to the Seattle Sounders: MLSsoccer.com article.
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Old 03-12-2011, 14:33
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Wales V Australia (Invesco Perpetual RU friendly)

BBC Radio Wales - Steffan Garrero hosting from the Millennium stadium, with commentary from Gareth Charles, Phil Bennett and Martin Williams (SE FM / AM / Digital TV/Radio / Online)

BBC Radio Cymru - Eleri Sion hosting, with commentary from Alun Jenkins and Emyr Lewis, and *I think* I heard Bethan Clement as pitchside reporter (commentary apart from SW Wales)
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Old 03-12-2011, 16:28
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Wales V Australia (Invesco Perpetual RU friendly)

BBC Radio Wales - Steffan Garrero hosting from the Millennium stadium, with commentary from Gareth Charles, Phil Bennett and Martin Williams (SE FM / AM / Digital TV/Radio / Online)
Nick Webb pitchside reporter (I could see him hovering near Shane Williams at the end of the match whilst watching on S4C).
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Old 04-12-2011, 16:31
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BBC Bristol / Somerset

AFC Totton V Bristol Rovers (FA Cup 2nd round) - Richard Hoskin (studio host) Ed Hadwin and Keith Brookman (via terrible ISDN line) (94.9FM / 95.5FM / 104.6FM / DAB / Online)
Bristol V Leeds Carnegie (RFU Championship) - Damien Derrick and Mark Reagan (1548MW / DAB / Online)
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Old 05-12-2011, 00:53
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Sunday 4th December - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

NFL on 5 Live with Nat Coombs and Darren Fletcher (in London)

American Football: NFL Week 13
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants - Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone, with Scott Graham in the studio (9.15pm GMT commentary provided by Westwood One)

Next Sunday, 5LSE will be doing an NFL commentary double header featuring coverage of New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans hosted by Nat and Darren from 6pm swiftly followed by San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals with Nat and Greg Brady from 9pm.
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Old 06-12-2011, 19:03
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Saturday 3rd December - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Iain Carter presented Sports Extra Rugby Union from the Millennium Stadium

Rugby Union: James Bevan Trophy
Wales v Australia - Iain Carter, Andrew Cotter and Robert Jones (2.30pm commentary)

Carter commentated on the whole of the first half before Cotter took over for the second period, so I'd guess the pair would have reported on the half they weren't commentating on for Radio 5 Live before swapping roles at half-time.

5 Live Sports Extra will be broadcasting three commentaries from the Heineken Cup next weekend: Harlequins v Toulouse on Friday, Saracens v Ospreys on Saturday and Bath v Leinster on Sunday.

Going by 5LSE's EPG (which will be broadcasting re-runs of the fight on Sunday morning), Mike Costello and Paulie Malignaggi will be commentating on the WBA and IBF Super World Super-Lightweight Championship fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson for Radio 5 Live during Sunday morning's Up All Night.
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:19
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Media Guardian reporting that BBC considered using same F1 commentary on TV and radio in "radical plan to overhaul Formula One coverage shows pressure on BBC Sport to save money."
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Old 10-12-2011, 19:57
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BBC Radio Wales

Steffan Garrero (studio host)

Jackland V Fulham - John Hardy and Ian Walsh (SW FM)
Millwall V Cardiff City - Rob Phillips and Jason Perry (SE FM / North FM)
Wrexham V Hinckley United (FA Trophy 1st round) - Jeremy Davies
Newport County V Forest Green Rovers (FA Trophy 1st round) - James Pontin
Colwyn Bay V Lincoln City (FA Trophy 1st round) - Marc Lloyd Williams
Cross Keys V Neath (British & Irish Cup RU) - Alun Jenkins
Scarlets V Munster (Heineken Cup RU) (1540GMT KO) - Huw Llewellyn Davies and Phil Bennett (Online) (All frequencies for last 25 minutes)
Saracens V Ospreys (Heineken Cup RU) (1800GMT KO) - Nick Webb and Kingsley Jones (All frequencies)

BBC Radio Cymru

Eleri Sion (studio host)

Jackland V Fulham - Gareth Blainey and Iwan Roberts (SW Wales commentary)
Millwall V Cardiff City - Nic Perry and Meilir Owen (1st half commentary)
Wrexham V Hinckley United (FA Trophy 1st round) - Dylan Griffiths
Colwyn Bay V Lincoln City (FA Trophy 1st round) - Marc Lloyd Williams
Cross Keys V Neath (British & Irish Cup RU) - Alun Jenkins
Scarlets V Munster (Heineken Cup RU) (1540GMT KO) - Gareth Charles and Dafydd Jones (commentary from 15th minute)
Saracens V Ospreys (Heineken Cup RU) (1800GMT KO) - Cennydd Davies and Gareth Davies (commentary)

You could also hear Michael Corcoran commentating for RTE Radio if you were listening to Gareth Charles on Radio Cymru.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:17
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BBC Radio Leicester

Charles Dagnall presenting BBC Radio Leicester Sport.

Heineken Cup: Pool 4
Clermont Auvergne v Leicester Tigers - Bleddyn Jones and Steve Johnson (15:00 commentary)
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Old 11-12-2011, 14:00
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BBC Bristol / Somerset

Ed Hadwin (studio host)

Bath V Leinster (Heineken Cup RU) (1245GMT KO) - Andrew Sheridan and Tom Biggs (94.9FM / 95.5FM / 104/6FM / 1566MW / DAB / Online)
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Old 11-12-2011, 16:33
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BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Friday 9th December

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 6
Harlequins v Toulouse - Alastair Eykyn and Nick Kennedy (8pm commentary)

Saturday 10th December

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 5
Saracens v Ospreys - Alastair Eykyn and Richard Wigglesworth (6pm commentary)

Sunday 11th December

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 3
Bath v Leinster - Alastair Eykyn and Jeremy Guscott (12.45pm commentary)


Newstalk 106-108FM

Saturday 10th December

Ger Gilroy presenting Newstalk Sport Saturday alongside Joe Molloy and Malcolm O'Kelly

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 6
Connacht v Gloucester - Dave McIntyre, Liam Toland and Eddie O'Sullivan (1.30pm commentary), with Simon Hick at pitchside

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 1
Scarlets v Munster - Malcolm O'Kelly (studio-based updates)

Sunday 11th December

Ger Gilroy presenting Newstalk Sport Sunday alongside Joe Molloy

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 3
Bath v Leinster - Dave McIntyre, Keith Wood and Liam Toland (12.45pm commentary)
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Old 12-12-2011, 00:36
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Sunday 11th December - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

NFL on 5 Live with Nat Coombs (in London) joined by Darren Fletcher (also in London) for the first game and Greg Brady (in Toronto, Ontario) for second game

American Football: NFL Week 14
New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans - Howard David and Tony Boselli (6pm GMT commentary provided by Westwood One)
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals - Tom McCarthy and John Robinson (9.05pm GMT commentary provided by Sports USA Radio)

Next Sunday, Darren Fletcher and Rocky Boiman will be at Arrowhead Stadium to do on-site commentary on the Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs game at 6pm with that being followed by coverage of New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos anchored by Nat and Greg from 9.15pm.
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Old 16-12-2011, 23:34
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BBC Radio Wales

Edinburgh V Blues (Heineken Cup RU) - Gareth Charles and Tom Shankin ( AM / Digital TV/Radio / Online)
Ospreys V Saracens (Heineken Cup RU) - Steffan Garrero (hosting) Nick Webb and Martin Williams (SE FM / SW FM / North FM / Online)

BBC Radio Cymru

Gareth Rhys Owen (studio host)

Edinburgh V Blues - Huw Llewellyn Davies and Gary Samuel (commentary)
Ospreys V Saracens - Cennydd Davies (occasional commentary)

BBC Radio Five Live Sports Xtra

Ospreys V Saracens - Alistair Eykyn and Robert Jones (Info from their Twitter account, as the Scrolling Text on DAB just seems to Welcome me to their station constantly, rather than give out teams news, commentators, what's on soon, etc)
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Old 17-12-2011, 19:07
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BBC Bristol / Somerset

Geoff Twentymann (studio host)

Bristol City V Nottingham Forest - Richard Hoskin and Jon Stead (1548MW)
Rochdale V Yeovil Town - Pete Simson and Chris Spittles (95.5FM)
Gillingham V Bristol Rovers - Ed Hadwin and Keith Brookman (94.9FM / 104.6FM / 1566MW)
Kettering Town V Bath City - Andy Howard and Andrew Kerslake (Online)
Ayr V Bristol (British & Irish Cup RU) - Mark Hoskins (DAB / Online)
Leinster V Bath (Heineken Cup RU) (1800GMT KO) - Andrew Sheridan and Tom Bradshaw (95.5FM / 1548MW / Online)
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Old 18-12-2011, 02:10
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Saturday 17th December - BBC Radio 5 Live

Mike Costello presenting 5 Live Boxing from Boardwalk Hall Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey as part of Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo

WBA & WBC Super Middleweight Championship - Super Six World Boxing Classic Final
Andre Ward v Carl Froch - Mike Costello and Paulie Malignaggi (commentary)

Robin Chipperfield has been reporting on the build-up from Atlantic City for BBC Radio Nottingham, although his station is taking 5 Live's commentary on the fight.
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Old 18-12-2011, 12:48
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Munster V Scarlets (Heineken Cup RU) (1245GMT KO)

BBC Radio Wales - Rick O'Shea (studio host) with commentary from Phil Steele and Kingsley Jones (All frequencies and platforms)

BBC Radio Cymru - Gareth Rhys Owen (studio host) with commentary from Cennydd Davies and Emyr Lewis (All frequencies and platforms)

IN a late-ish addition to the schedules, the Newport-Gwent Dragons Amlin Challenge match Vs the Exeter Chiefs with be a commentary game on Radio Wales for those living in South East Wales, as well as Online.
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Old 18-12-2011, 12:53
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Following on from my last post here, Digiguide also states that 5LSX will also be simulcasting Radio Wales' coverage of the Blues V Newport-Gwent Dragons on the 23rd December

SPORT: Rugby Union
Channel: BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra
Date: Friday 23rd December 2011
Time: 19:25 to 21:15 (starting in 5 days)
Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Uninterrupted commentary of Cardiff Blues against Newport Gwent Dragons in the RaboDirect PRO12 league.
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But the 5 Live Sports website, or their twitter feed *so far* confirms this.
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Old 18-12-2011, 14:30
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Sports Extra - Rugby Union - Saturday

3 Heineken Cup commentaries

Leicester v Clermont - Alastair Eykyn & Martin Corry
London Irish v Racing Metro - James Burridge & Pete Richards
Leinster v Bath - Conor McNamara & Denis Hickie
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