BBC outlines World Athletics coverage plans


Coverage of this year's IAAF World Athletics Championships will be spread across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, Red Button and BBC Sport app/website.

Starting Friday 27th September until Sunday 6th October 2019, viewers will be able to find the bulk of live TV coverage on BBC Two across the course of the late afternoon and evening. BBC Four will take overspill coverage, for example when live coverage is expected to continue beyond the start of Newsnight at 10:30pm.

BBC One will take Saturday afternoon coverage with BBC Red Button providing complementary coverage of additional events. Viewers with access to Red Button+ (if you get a green button iPlayer restart prompt, your TV has Red Button+), can see uninterrupted live streams via BBC Sport. The streams are also available via the BBC Sport app and website. 

The iPlayer will provide linear live streaming, catch-up and a daily highlights show - The Daily Doha - with all the day's action and talking points.

Leading TV presentation duties in the Khalifa International Stadium will be Gabby Logan, who will be joined by former Great Britain sprinter Jeanette Kwakye and Radzi Chinyanganya. Also part of the BBC’s TV coverage are Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Colin Jackson, Steve Backley and Toni Minichiello.

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: 
Our Change The Game season has provided many memorable moments in women’s sport and the World Athletics Championships is another fantastic event for everyone to enjoy. I’m sure the likes of Team GB’s Dina Asher-Smith, Katrina Johnson Thompson and Laura Muir, plus on the men’s side Zharnel Hughes and Adam Gemili will light up our screens and inspire audiences across the country.”

Steve Cram and Andrew Cotter will lead the TV commentary team, which also features Steve Backley, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson and Toni Minichiello.

Five-time British champion Naomi Ogbeta will also join the team. The 21-year-old triple jumper will offer a current athlete’s perspective on the Championships as well as getting behind the scenes, posting videos and content available for all platforms during the 10-day event.

Radio 5 Live will provide live commentary across the Championship with Mike Costello presenting alongside Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell and Commonwealth silver medallist Allison Curbishley.