The BBC will offer extensive access to the 33 sports making up this year’s Olympics, with in-depth insight and analysis available up to 24 hours a day across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and the Red Button.
Fans can catch all the unmissable moments from this year’s Games with over 350 hours of network TV coverage in addition to a live stream available on BBC iPlayer. A brand new virtual reality studio will be the home of the action, giving viewers a spectacular backdrop of the host city and bringing them closer to their favourite events and those all-important medal moments.
The Games officially open on BBC One at 11am on Friday 23 July with the build-up and live coverage of the Opening Ceremony, hosted by Clare Balding and Alex Scott, with commentary from Hazel Irvine and Andrew Cotter. Team GB’s opening match against Chile in the women’s football will also be shown live on BBC Two from 8.15am on Wednesday 21 July, hosted by Alex Scott.
Daily event coverage will begin on BBC One on Saturday 24 July. Each day throughout the games, JJ Chalmers will host from midnight – 5am, followed by Dan Walker and Sam Quek co-hosting a special edition of BBC Breakfast from 5am - 9am with the best of the overnight action as well as plenty of live sport in addition to the regular national and regional news updates.
Hazel Irvine and Gabby Logan will co-host daily from 9am - 3pm, followed by Jason Mohammad from 3pm - 6pm. Clare Balding and Alex Scott will bring each day to a close on BBC One from 7.30pm - 9pm with Today At The Games, taking a look back at all the biggest and best moments from that day’s events. The action continues daily on BBC Two, 9pm - 10pm, with Olympics Extra, a show dedicated to in-depth highlights from some of the key sports of the day hosted by Jeanette Kwakye and Nihal Arthanayake. All shows on BBC One and BBC Two will also be available to watch live or on-demand on BBC iPlayer.
Alongside the presenters will be an expert team of pundits and commentators, including Michael Johnson and Team GB legends Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Colin Jackson, Nicola Adams, Mark Foster, Rebecca Adlington, Katherine Grainger, Kate Richardson-Walsh and many more.
The action wraps up with a review of the Games at 11am on Sunday 8 August on BBC One ahead of live coverage of the Closing Ceremony, hosted again by Alex Scott and Clare Balding, with commentary from Hazel Irvine and Andrew Cotter.