BBC to broadcast 250 hours of live Olympic coverage

Fred Sirieix, Isa Guha, Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Jeanette Kwakye, JJ Chalmers and Dame Laure Kenny posing for a publicity shot for the BBC's Paris 2024 coverage
Fred Sirieix (far left) and Dame Laura Kenny (far right) will join BBC presenters (second left to right) Isa Guha, Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Jeanette Kwakye and JJ Chalmers [BBC]

More than 250 hours of live coverage of the Paris 2024 Olympics will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two this summer.

It is part of the BBC's comprehensive, free-to-air, multi-platform coverage of the world’s biggest sporting event, which takes place from 26 July to 11 August.

There will be live television coverage from 27 July on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, providing access to all 32 events at Paris 2024, plus a nightly highlights programme.

The BBC will have one live channel as well as an 'Olympics Extra' live stream on BBC iPlayer featuring all the best action.

A special Olympic schedule is running across the duration of the event on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds, with 12 hours of consecutive coverage a day from 10am until 10pm, plus medal winners live throughout 5 Live Breakfast every morning.

Building on the success of Tokyo in 2021, where it received 27 million visitors, the BBC Sport website and app will cover all the big medal-winning moments, news stories and reports.

Live text pages will run from 6:30am until midnight, while highlights videos will be easily accessible on the website and app through a new vertical video carousel.

Fans can also expect to see the best moments and be brought closer to the athletes across BBC Sport’s social media channels.

Joining the studio guest line-up for the first time are Dame Laura Kenny, Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian, and television personality Fred Sirieix, whose daughter Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix will be aiming to win diving gold for Great Britain.

They will be joined by long jumper Jazmin Sawyers, Olympic rowing gold medallist Moe Sbihi and Olympic triathlon bronze medallist Vicky Holland.

"For the first time since London 2012 we have an Olympic Games taking place in a European time zone, which is really exciting for UK audiences," said director of BBC Sport Alex Kay-Jelski.

"People can tune in to live coverage morning, noon, and night, following all the biggest sporting moments as they happen."