BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live

Infobox Radio Station
name = BBC Radio 5 Live

area = flagicon|United Kingdom UK - National
branding =
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 Radio stations' frequencies overnight.
DAB: 12B
Freeview: 705
Freesat: 705
Sky: 0105
Virgin Media: 905
Tiscali TV: 606
UPC Ireland: 911
[ Live Stream] Real/WM
share = 4.6%
share as of = March 2008
share source = []
format = News and sport
power =
erp =
class =
callsign_meaning =
owner = BBC,
BBC Radio
website = [ BBC Radio 5 Live]

BBC Radio 5 Live (formerly styled BBC Radio Five Live) is the BBC's radio service 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 mediumwave band, frequencies that belonged to BBC Radio 2 from November 23, 1978 to August 26, 1990 (before that they were used in some regions of the UK by the BBC Home Service and BBC Radio 4), and on digital radio in the United Kingdom via DAB, digital satellite (Freesat and Sky), IPTV and 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 Centre with 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 FM during the 1991 first Gulf War led Liz Forgan to suggest in May 1993 [cite web|url=|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=|title=|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 Channel and onto any other programmes that are on air. For foreign news, first a "generic minute" is recorded, then reports are to World Service radio, 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:

*Live Premiership, FA Cup, Carling Cup matches, International Soccer Matches involving the Home Nations and SPL and Scottish Cup matches.
*The World Cup
*The Olympic Games
*All Home Nations International football matches.
*Champions League and Uefa Cup
*The Football League play-offs
*The FIFA Club World Cup (if English side is involved)
*Men's Golf Majors and the Ryder Cup
*Wimbledon, Grand Slam finals or matches with British players
*England rugby union test matches
*The Autumn Internationals
*Rugby World Cup
*The British and Irish Lions Tours
*Guinness Premiership, Heineken Cup and EDF Energy Cup
*The Challenge Cup
*The Super League Grand Final
*Formula One
*The Grand National
*The Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and the King George
*The Classics, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Melbourne Cup
*World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games
*ÅF Golden League Athletics, European Cup, Crystal Palace and other athletics meets.
*National Football League's Super Bowl and 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
*The Six Nations Championship (England matches on Five Live)
*Cricket World Cup
*The Super League and the Rugby League Tri-Nations
*Friends Provident Trophy semi-finals and final and Twenty20 Finals Day (The final being on 5 Live)
*The World Twenty20 and 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 [ Mickey Clark] and [ Andrew Verity]
*Breakfast, with Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty in the week and Matt Smith and [ Rachel Burden] at the weekend
*The Victoria Derbyshire Programme
*The Midday News, with [ Aasmah Mir]
*The Simon Mayo Show
*5 Live Drive, with Peter Allen and Anita Anand ( [ Rachel Burden] is a regular stand-in presenter)
*Five Live Sport, presented by Mark Saggers from Monday-Thursday, Mark Pougatch Friday & Saturday and [ Eleanor Oldroyd] on Sunday. Other presenters include [ Russel Fuller] , [ Kate Williams] , John Inverdale and Ian Dennis.
*Richard Bacon
*Up All Night with Rhod Sharp, Sarfraz Manzoor or Dotun Adebayo
*The Stephen Nolan Show
*The Eamonn Holmes Show
*Fighting Talk with Colin Murray
*6-0-6 with Alan Green, DJ Spoony, Danny Baker, Ray Stubbs or Tim Lovejoy
*Weekend Breakfast with Rachel Burden and Phil Williams
*The Donal MacIntyre Programme, Sunday from 7pm.
*Gabby Logan on Sunday mornings.
*The Weekend News, with [ Lesley Ashmall] and [ John Pienaar]
*Prime Minister's Questions, Simon Mayo and [ John Piennar]
*Sportsweek, with [ Garry Richardson]
*Regular stand in presenters include [ Dalya Raphael] , Nick Wallis and Tim Lovejoy.


ee also

*List of BBC radio stations

External links

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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