BBC announces stars to present Commonwealth Games coverage

A HOST of popular presenters will front the BBC's Commonwealth Games coverage for Glasgow 2014.

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Stars including Fred MacAulay, Hazel Irvine, Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Ken Bruce, Susanna Reid and Dougie Vipond will all host shows across the 11-day Games.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live from Celtic Park and Hampden and will be presented by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine.

Hazel will join Huw Edwards in the commentary box for both ceremonies.

Once the Games start, the BBC's base will be in Pacific Quay in Glasgow from where they will broadcast across all major TV and radio networks, online and on the red button .

A raft of popular BBC shows including The One Show, BBC Breakfast, The Ken Bruce Show, A Question of Sport and Who Do You Think You Are? will come from Pacific Quay during Games.

Bruce Malcolm, BBC's Head of Commonwealth Games, 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 throughout events will feature live sport with venue presenters on site including Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and John Inverdale.

It will start each day in BBC Breakfast, before Mishal Husain presents the morning action from 9am to 12 noon.

Jason Mohammad will host from 12 to 3pm followed by Hazel Irvine from 3pm to 7pm with Gary Lineker taking up the reins for the evening show.

Mark Chapman will then bring together all the sports and late night events in a highlights programme with Clare Balding co-presenting from various Glasgow locations.

Radio 5 live will also be broadcasting from Glasgow everyday throughout the games.

Nicky Campbell will lead the breakfast coverage from 6am with Mark Pougatch presenting the live evening coverage.

Radio 5 live will launch its weekly programme 'Get set Glasgow' with Eleanor Oldroyd and Fred MacAulay co-presenting the first show and broadcasting live from Glasgow from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday 12 December.

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