BBC to cover EVERY SINGLE MILE of 70-day Olympic torch relay
The BBC plans to cover every single mile of the Olympic torch relay live, securing it a first for next year’s Games. The Olympic flame’s journey around Britain starts on May 19 and ends at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27.
As well as the sport, it has lined up drama, comedy and documentaries all tied in to the Olympics, according to BBC Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey.
'No bit of the BBC will be untouched by the Olympics - much of our coverage will be replacing what was in the schedule,' he said.
Undoubtedly some viewers will be disappointed at seeing their favourite shows dropped during the games, but the corporation believes the games are such a special event, that people will want to see lots of coverage about them.
The Cultural Olympiad will also be covered live.
About 750 BBC staff will work on the Games - fewer than the 850 for this year's royal wedding but many more than the 437 sent to Beijing in 2008.
The BBC is planning to replicate the style of coverage of the royal wedding by using a range of presenters from news, sport and other departments.
As well as its TV and radio channels, much of the BBC's coverage will be focused on the internet and its red-button service.
It plans to cover every sport from every venue on every day of the Games. At some points there will be 12 sports taking place simultaneously.
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