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Friday 25 July 2014

Lineker and Balding to front Games

Published 07/11/2013|12:31

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Clare Balding will front the BBC's Commonwealth Games coverage

Gary Lineker and Clare Balding will lead the BBC's coverage of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year.

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The sports presenters will broadcast live from Celtic Park and Hampden for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Games and provide commentary throughout the 11 days of competition.

Gabby Logan, Hazel Irvine and John Inverdale have also been drafted to present the BBC's multi -channel coverage.

Popular programmes such as The One Show, BBC Breakfast, The Ken Bruce Show and A Question Of Sport will be aired from the corporation's Scottish headquarters at Pacific Quay during the Games.

Bruce Malcolm, head of Games coverage at the BBC, said: "As you'd expect, BBC Sport will provide the kind of coverage they did so brilliantly during the Olympics, but we also want to join in the year-long celebrations both here in Glasgow and throughout the rest of Scotland by bringing our audiences a string of live events, concerts and Commonwealth-themed programmes.

"Both BBC Scotland and BBC Sport's Games team will be based here in Glasgow for the duration with Pacific Quay acting as our Commonwealth Games broadcast engine room."

Coverage will start each day during BBC Breakfast and run through to a late-night highlights programme with Clare Balding.

BBC Three's schedule will be devoted to live action and Radio 5 Live will broadcast from Glasgow every day of the Games, from July 23 to August 3.

Planned documentaries include Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made The Commonwealth and Commonwealth City, which will look at the regeneration of Glasgow's east end.

Another hour-long show, presented by Lulu, will explore a "musical map" of Glasgow, the BBC said.

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