With less than five days left for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, BBC has rolled out their entire telecasting schedule. That includes everything from Radio, TV, to live stream, from their expert panel to their team of journalists, simple every single thing. With ITV and BBC both sharing the telecasting rights in the UK for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, a massive confusion prevailed as to who will telecast which game.
BBC has rolled out a completely detailed schedule of their 2018 FIFA World Cup coverage. A total of 33 matches will be telecasted live along with live radio commentary on all the games on BBC Radio 5 Live. BBC will be televising the FIFA World Cup for the first time, and it is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it ends up as a success story. They’ll be broadcasting two of England’s three group stage games along with other group stage matches.
World Cup 2018 BBC coverage plans
BBC has been revolutionary all throughout the history with its ahead-of-time technologies, and this time around too, they’re all set for a significant breakthrough. All the 33 matches that will be broadcasted by BBC will be available in VR (Virtual Reality), an experience that can make the viewer feel as if he is sitting in the stadium and enjoying the match. That will be available for free on BBC Sport’s VR 2018 World Cup app. 29 of those 33 matches will be available in ULTRA HD as well, a chance for viewers to catch even the negligible details of every stadium in Russia. Here is all the important information you need to know about BBC’s radio broadcast, live telecast, and the live stream coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
With four matches scheduled in a single day, telecast of the 2018 FIFA World Cup becomes a tough ask for almost every official broadcaster around the globe. BBC, however, look to have prepared well for the mega event and are up with arguably the best possible coverage of all the 33 matches being broadcasted by them. BBC will have two different expert panels; one in the Red Square Studio, and the other in the Match of the Day studio in Moscow. The Red Square Studio panel will see Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day throughout the tournament, with Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, and Rio Ferdinand joining him for England’s first two group stage games.
The panel in Russia will include Didier Drogba, Jurgen Klinsmann, Pablo Zabaleta, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Murphy, and Martin Keown. BBC will be including women in their panel too, as England Women’s Alex Scott will share the Pundits status. Their commentator team will feature a woman for the first time, as Vicki Sparks is all set to become the first woman on football World Cup game in the history of British TV. A total of 33 games, 23 group stage games and ten knockout games, including the final, will be telecasted on BBC, BBC One, BBC Two, or BBC Four.
Radio has always been BBC’s den, and this time around too, they are all set to come out on top with their Radio broadcast for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live will be lead by Mark Chapman and Kelly Cates from Russia. Another special World Cup breakfast show will be hosted at 08:30 BST where Robbie Savage will have a special guest each weekday. The TV commentators John Murray, Ian Dennis, Conor McNamara, Alistair Bruce-Ball, and Vicki Sparks will be accompanied by Chris Waddle, Terry Butcher, Dion Dublin, Pat Nevin, and Chris Sutton on BBC’s Radio Coverage.
Fans can stream all of BBC Radio 5 Live’s action on BBC iPlayer Radio app and at bbc.co.uk/5live. There will be an exclusive World Cup daily podcast as well that will have unique analysis and debate audio clips. Listeners will be allowed with regular-606 phone-ins all during their coverage to have their say or ask whatever has been troubling their mind. The coverage will not just be restricted to England. Seven world service language services will be broadcasting all the action from Russia; BBC Arabic, BBC Africa (English), BBC Persian, BBC Afrique, BBC Brasil, BBC Hausa, and BBC Russian.
As mentioned earlier, BBC is leaving no stone unturned to ensure their coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup doesn’t fall short of being successful by any mean. Apart from TV and Radio, BBC has planned out an online streaming schedule as well. Fans will be able to stream all the action live in ULTRA HD quality on BBC UK’s official website. The stream will be accessible via tablets, mobiles, desktops, and connected TVs. BBC will feature quite a few additions to the regular live streams. It will be including a World Cup 2018 Player Rater which will allow viewers to leave their opinion about every individual from the match. They will provide live text commentary with multiple camera options to choose from. Their online streaming will cover Russia’s and football’s greatest goalkeeper, Lev Yashin as a special series.
However, the online coverage won’t be accessible to every user. It will be on the first come first serve basis as the number of users who’ll be getting access will be limited to “tens of thousands of people.” The stream will begin as soon as the coverage starts on BBC and will last till the final whistle. Instant highlights will be available as soon as the final whistle is blown in the match. The stream will be available for audio commentary as well. Fans will also be allowed to pick their England XI in a separate section provided on the website alongside the live stream. To round it all off, BBC will be actively covering the entire tournament on its social media network as well. While live text coverage of every highlight of each game on Twitter highlights on YouTube, daily World Cup stories on Snapchat, and all the exclusive videos and pictures on their Facebook page. With so much on offer, it is now time for the fans to get themselves ready for the big event.