BBC gets live rights for Commonwealth Games
BBC Radio 5 live will be the only radio station in the UK offering live coverage of this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Following a consultation, Ofcom approved the BBC’s request to broadcast exclusive live coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and their interactive streams, as well as live and delayed commentary on 5 live.
The Commonwealth Games is a ‘listed event’, which means Ofcom’s consent is needed for a broadcaster to provide exclusive live coverage. The broadcasting rules which apply to listed events are set out in the Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events.
Ofcom received two responses to the consultation. One raised the issue of providing suitable coverage for visually impaired viewers, and one questioned the need to disrupt normal programming schedules on terrestrial channels, especially with additional digital channels now available.
The Games are due to take place in Gold Coast City, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018. Daily highlights and delayed coverage will also be provided on the TV by Eurosport.