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BBC to offer 24/7 World Cup coverage

November 4, 2022

The BBC is preparing to offer viewers 24/7 access to all the action, analysis and entertainment from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar across TV, iPlayer, Radio, Sounds and Online.

With 33 live games on BBC TV and iPlayer, and coverage of every single game on BBC Radio 5 Live, fans can catch every minute of this winter’s tournament. Alongside live match coverage, the BBC will also present an offering of documentaries, podcasts and other content throughout the tournament.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “For Qatar 2022, the BBC will unite across TV, radio and online to deliver our most comprehensive and holistic World Cup offering yet. England’s opener, Wales’ key game against Iran and the huge home nations clash between Wales and England are all exclusively live on the BBC. Our non-stop coverage and content will be brought to viewers and listeners by an unrivalled squad of the best presenters, ex-players and experts. Together, they will offer all football fans the very best insight, commentary, analysis and entertainment.”

Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Mark Chapman and Kelly Cates will lead coverage across TV, iPlayer and Radio. They will be joined by a host of former professionals. In the TV studio, Ex-England stars include Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas, Micah Richards and Alex Scott with Danny Gabbidon, Ian Rush and Ashley Williams representing Wales. From further afield, Vincent Kompany, Didier Drogba, Laura Georges, Jürgen Klinsmann, Mark Schwarzer, Gilberto Silva and Pablo Zabaleta will bring their international insight to the BBC’s TV coverage.

Kelly Cates will join Mark Chapman in fronting 5 Live’s coverage of every single game from the World Cup. Led by Football Correspondent John Murray, 5 Live’s football team includes Karen Bardsley, Izzy Christiansen, James Collins, Dion Dublin, Rob Green, Jayne Ludlow, Pat Nevin, Micah Richards, Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, Matthew Upson and Stephen Warnock. Guillem Balagué, Julien Lauren and Tim Vickery will provide expert voices on South America, Europe and the rest of the world.

The BBC’s team of commentators include Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Bower, Robyn Cowen, Alistair Bruce Ball, Simon Davies, Ian Dennis, Pien Meulensteen, Conor McNamara, John Murray, Mark Scott and Vicki Sparks.

On co-comms, the BBC will have the likes of Karen Bardsley, James Collins, Dion Dublin, Maz Farookhi, Danny Gabbidon, Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown, Jayne Ludlow, Clinton Morrison, Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage, Peter Schmeichel and Stephen Warnock.

Kelly Somers and Emma Saunders will report on the latest news from inside the England camp for TV news and 5 Live, while Catrin Heledd will report on Wales.

As well as match previews, reports, reaction and breaking news, other editorial highlights include:

  • Jurgen Klinsmann’s Daily Newsletter – World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann will keep viewers informed on everything that is happening in Qatar with his daily email newsletter from BBC Sport.
  • Into Qatar: A journey to explore a nation’s relationship with football – The world of football was astonished when Qatar was selected to host the 2022 tournament amid corruption allegations and human rights issues. On November 16th, BBC Sport goes under the skin of football in Qatar to tell the story of the sport in Qatar and what hosting a World Cup means to the local population.
  • How do you win a FIFA World Cup? – It’s one of the most difficult tournaments to win in world sport but Brazil have won it five times. The BBC looks at ways to win the prized golden trophy.
  • Vintage video – BBC Sport will dip into the archives to relive some of the most iconic moments and matches in previous FIFA World Cups.
  • Predictions – Radio 5 Live’s Chris Sutton will predict the outcome of every game in Qatar. BBC users can follow how he gets on for every round of matches.

Ahead of and throughout the tournament, platforms like BBC News Online, BBC Wales News and Cymru Fyw will have all the daily updates from Qatar on England and Wales, as well as features with players, families and the fans. There will be news coverage of all the games and major events in England and Wales, including the squad announcemenst.

Elsewhere, exclusively on BBC Sounds, World Cup Ballers will see some of football’s biggest stars go back to back with some of the BBC’s biggest DJs, forming a special music mix. Listeners will hear combinations such as Danny Howard and England Keeper Jordan Pickford, Jack Saunders and Wales Striker Kieffer Moore, and more.

Also only on BBC Sounds, listeners can enjoy hours of uninterrupted World Cup content just by pressing play on ‘All Day Football’ at the top of the podcast page.

The BBC will showcase all the must-see moments on social media, including more behind-the-scenes content from your favourite Match of the Day pundits than ever before on Instagram and TikTok.

BBC Sport’s YouTube channel will feature highlights of every game, while Facebook will deliver a mix of news stories, imagery and video – including match action – to followers. Twitter will also offer in-play updates and breaking news.

5 Live Sport and BBC Sport Wales socials will be home to bespoke digital content straight from within the England and Wales camps.

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