- BBC Radio 5 Live
Infobox Radio Station
name = BBC Radio 5 Live
area = flagicon|United Kingdom UK - National
slogan = "Live news, live sport - this is Five Live"
"On DAB digital radio, digital TV, downloads and online, this is 5 Live"
"The Olympic station"
airdate = 28 March 1994
frequency = MW: 693 kHz, 909 kHz, and on selected
BBC Local Radiostations' frequencies overnight.
Virgin Media: 905
Tiscali TV: 606 UPC Ireland: 911
[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/fivelive.shtml?listen Live Stream] Real/WM
share = 4.6%
share as of = March 2008
share source = [http://www.rajar.co.uk/listening/quarterly_listening.php]
format = News and sport
BBC, BBC Radio
website = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive BBC Radio 5 Live]
BBC Radio 5 Live (formerly styled BBC Radio Five Live) is the
BBC's radioservice providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. It is the principal radio station covering sport in the United Kingdom, broadcasting virtually all major sports events staged in the UK or involving British competitors.
It is transmitted via analogue radio on 693 and 909 kHz AM in the
mediumwaveband, frequencies that belonged to BBC Radio 2from November 23, 1978 to August 26, 1990 (before that they were used in some regions of the UK by the BBC Home Serviceand BBC Radio 4), and on digital radio in the United Kingdomvia DAB, digital satellite ( Freesatand Sky), IPTVand Freeview ( digital terrestrial television). It is also streamed online, however due to rights restrictions, coverage of some events, especially "live" sporting events, is not available online. Some content is available online but restricted to UK users.
The station broadcasts from the News Centre at
BBC Television Centrewith a small office in Manchester and a team of its own reporters based around the UK. The station will be moving in 2011, as part of a larger shift of some BBC resources, to Salford.
The success of
Radio 4 News FMduring the 1991 first Gulf Warled Liz Forganto suggest in May 1993 [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/speeches/stories/abramsky_oxford2.shtml|title=BBC - Press Office - Jenny Abramsky Oxford lecture two|date=3 April 2007] the introduction of a combined news and sport network. Accordingly, the "old" Radio 5 closed down at midnight on Sunday March 27, 1994 and the new Radio 5 Live began its 24-hour service on the morning of Monday, March 28. The first voice on air was Jane Garvey, who later went on to co-present the breakfast and drivetime shows with Peter Allen. The launch was described by " The Times" as "slipp [ing] smoothly and confidently into a routine of informative banter" [cite news |first=Alexandra |last=Frean |title=Radio's new voice greets the dawn| work=The Times |publisher=Times Newspapers |date= 1994-03-29|accessdate=2007-03-05] and "The Scotsman" as "professionalism at its slickest." [cite news |first=Joan |last=McAlpine |title=Alive and kicking |work=The Scotsman |publisher=The Scotsman Publications |date=1994-03-29 |accessdate = 2007-03-05]
The tone of the channel, engaging and more relaxed than contemporary BBC output, was the key to the channel's success and would set the model for other BBC News services later in the decade. The first audiences were some four million, with a record audience of six and a quarter million.
Before the launch of digital broadcasting, the station (and Radio 5 before it) broadcast for several years on analogue satellite with near-FM quality.
Presenters that have now left the station include
Danny Baker(Baker has since returned to present 606 from 2008), Susan Bookbinder, Jon Briggs, Jon Champion, Adrian Chiles, Edwina Currie, Fi Glover, Nick Hancock, Brian Hayes, Peter Heaton-Jones, Jane Hill, Des Lynam, David Mellor, Louise Minchin, Paddy O'Connell, Jonathan Pearce, Nick Robinson, Sybil Ruscoe, Kate Silverton, Bill Turnbull, and Sian Williams.
In 2005 the "Radio Five Live Sporting Yearbook" (ISBN 0-00-721598-3) was published.
The station won five
Sony Awards, one gold and four silver, in 2005 and was nominated an additional six times. The lone gold award was in the News Story Award category for its coverage of the 2004 Asian tsunami.
BBC Radio 5 Live was Official Broadcasters of the FIFA World Cup 2006 along with talkSPORT. Both stations will broadcast live Premiership commentaries from August 2007, with the 7 rights packages being shared 6 to 1 in favour of 5 Live.
A companion station,
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, was launched as a digital-only service on February 2, 2002.
In August 2007, BBC Radio Five Live was renamed BBC Radio 5 Live and was given a new logo.
BBC breaking news policy
BBC policy for major breaking news events [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/review_report_research/impartiality_business/f2_news_submission.txt|title=http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/review_report_research/impartiality_business/f2_news_submission.txt|accessdate=2007-06-19] has a priority list. With domestic news, the correspondent first records a "generic minute" summary (for use by all stations and channels) and then priority is to report on
Radio 5 Live, then on the BBC News Channeland onto any other programmes that are on air. For foreign news, first a "generic minute" is recorded, then reports are to World Serviceradio, then the reporter talks to any other programmes that are on air.
port on Five Live
BBC Radio 5 Live broadcasts an extremely wide range of sports and covers all the major sporting events, mostly under its flagship sports banner "
Five Live Sport" They are:
FA Cup, Carling Cupmatches, International Soccer Matches involving the Home Nations and SPLand Scottish Cupmatches.
*The World Cup
Home NationsInternational football matches.
*Champions League and
Football League play-offs
FIFA Club World Cup(if English side is involved)
*Men's Golf Majors and the
*Wimbledon, Grand Slam finals or matches with British players
*England rugby union test matches
*The Autumn Internationals
Rugby World Cup
British and Irish LionsTours
Guinness Premiership, Heineken Cupand EDF Energy Cup
*The Challenge Cup
*The Super League Grand Final
The Grand National
Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascotand the King George
*The Classics, the
Prix de l'Arc de Triompheand the Melbourne Cup
*World Athletics Championships and
ÅF Golden LeagueAthletics, European Cup, Crystal Palace and other athletics meets.
National Football League's Super Bowland International Series
port on Sports Extra
As Five Live cannot accommodate all of the sports which they have rights to broadcast, they split some of it with its sister station Sports Extra, including
Major League Baseball's World Series
Six Nations Championship(England matches on Five Live)
Cricket World Cup
*The Super League and the
Rugby League Tri-Nations
Friends Provident Trophysemi-finals and final and Twenty20Finals Day (The final being on 5 Live)
World Twenty20and the Twenty20 World Cup
ICC Champions Trophy
*England cricket tests and
One Day Internationals
*'Grand Slam' Tennis tournaments
Sports Extra will also typically offer full broadcasts of Premier League and Home Nations football if games overlap each other. Five Live carries the first-choice match in such cases.
Despite the fact that commercial stations (such as
Sky Sports) have acquired the vast majority of sports television broadcasting rights in the UK, the BBC remains dominant in radio sport with BBC Radio 5 Live and its local radio stations. Its main commercial rival for radio sports rights is TalkSPORT.
Current programmes and presenters
Regular shows as of October 2007:
* Morning Reports
*Wake up to Money, presented by [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/clarke_biog.shtml Mickey Clark] and [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/verity_biog.shtml Andrew Verity]
Nicky Campbelland Shelagh Fogartyin the week and Matt Smith and [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/burden_biog.shtml Rachel Burden] at the weekend
*The Midday News, with [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/mir_biog.shtml Aasmah Mir]
*5 Live Drive, with Peter Allen and
Anita Anand( [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/burden_biog.shtml Rachel Burden] is a regular stand-in presenter)
Five Live Sport, presented by Mark Saggersfrom Monday-Thursday, Mark PougatchFriday & Saturday and [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/oldroyd_biog.shtml Eleanor Oldroyd] on Sunday. Other presenters include [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/fuller_biog.shtml Russel Fuller] , [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/williamsk_biog.shtml Kate Williams] , John Inverdaleand Ian Dennis.
*Up All Night with
Rhod Sharp, Sarfraz Manzooror Dotun Adebayo
Fighting Talkwith Colin Murray
6-0-6with Alan Green, DJ Spoony, Danny Baker, Ray Stubbsor Tim Lovejoy
*Weekend Breakfast with
Rachel Burdenand Phil Williams
Donal MacIntyreProgramme, Sunday from 7pm.
Gabby Loganon Sunday mornings.
*The Weekend News, with [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/ashmall_biog.shtml Lesley Ashmall] and [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/pienaar_biog.shtml John Pienaar]
*Prime Minister's Questions,
Simon Mayoand [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/pienaar_biog.shtml John Piennar]
*Sportsweek, with [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/richardson_biog.shtml Garry Richardson]
*Regular stand in presenters include [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/raphael_biog.shtml Dalya Raphael] ,
Nick Wallisand Tim Lovejoy.
List of BBC radio stations
Note that Radio 5 Live operate International and UK feeds. International feeds aren't allowed to cover certain sports events because of local radio rights to those events.
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