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Live 8 on the BBC


The BBC today released details of its Live 8 coverage on tv, radio and online. Jonathan Ross will take BBC viewers to the heart of the action in Hyde Park; Graham Norton will be Stateside.


Saturday 2 July - BBC TWO, 1.00-4.00pm; BBC ONE, 4.00-9.30pm (approx)


For those not lucky enough to win tickets to Live 8, the disappointment should be short lived as Jonathan Ross kick starts the BBC's coverage of the world's biggest rock concert in London's Hyde Park . As the action unfolds live on the stage, Jonathan will take viewers to the very heart of the event, reporting from a specially built, all seeing pod set just above the live acts.


Jo Whiley and Fern Cotton will be catching the bands as they come on and off stage and keeping viewers up to date with all of the backstage action. Bob Geldof, Bono, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Elton John, Sting and Chris Martin are just some of the big names that will be interviewed by the BBC team of presenters.


Special guests include Michael Buerk, Jools Holland, George Alagiah, Sanjeev Baskhar and Meera Syal. Not only will we be bringing all of the London Concert live, but also the best of the music from Paris , Berlin and Rome .


Fern Cotton says: "I'm so happy to be involved in Live 8. It's going to be such an amazing event. My mum and dad went to the orignal Live Aid and said it was an incredible day so I just cannot wait. An awesome line up and the world watching, it's going to be a cool day!"


George Alagiah says: "Live 8 is going to be about having fun - and so it should be - but it's also a part of a new wave of activism that's sweeping across Britain.


"Our relationship with the poor world is, literally, centre stage, and my job on the day will be to fill in the gaps between the music and the mission."


Live 8 Crosses the Atlantic
Saturday 2 July - BBC ONE, 10.00pm (approx) to 3.00am (approx)


As America gears up to go live Jonathan Ross will take a look back at the excitement of the day, reflecting on the event with organiser Bob Geldof. Then crossing over live to the States, Graham Norton will be on hand to bring viewers back home the excitement of the amazing line up from Philadelphia.


Will Smith will host the concert which includes 50 Cent, Bon Jovi, Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, P Diddy and Stevie Wonder .


Graham will be reporting backstage, interviewing all the stars and bringing the UK viewers all the gossip and news as it happens. He says: "Live 8 is one of those moments in time which people will remember for years to come, and those of us who were there will look back on with great affection. I would have been more than happy to serve coffee backstage had that been the only job on offer, so I'm over the moon to have been asked to present the American part of this amazing event"


Live 8 Reloaded
Saturday 2 July - BBC THREE, 7.00pm-5.00am


The whole Live 8 experience from Europe and America from start to finish for those who missed it earlier in the day.


Live 8 USA
Sunday 3 July - BBC THREE, 7.00pm-4.00am


The whole of the Live 8 Philadelphia show as seen last night in America, hosted by Will Smith and featuring a galaxy of American superstars.


BBC Radio


BBC Radio will be offering the complete picture of Live 8, with live broadcasts from the event in London and the concerts around the world, as well as news updates and analysis of the issues that have brought musicians together. In addition to the programmes on 2 July, many networks will also be examining the background to the event before and after the show.


Programmes such as Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1 and Newshour on the BBC World Service will encourage discussion and put the issues in context for listeners.


Radio 1


Radio 1 is broadcasting live throughout the day (1.00 to 9.00pm) from Hyde Park - with Radio 1 DJs including Sara Cox , Vernon Kay and Chris Moyles bringing listeners coverage of some the best bands in the world. To give a flavour of the other Live 8 concerts happening around the world, Radio 1's Newsbeat will also be reporting live from Paris, Berlin and Rome. Then, from 9.00pm to 1.00am, in a specially extended version of the rap show, Tim Westwood catches up with the events in Philadelphia.


Radio 2


Chris Evans , Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary host Radio 2's coverage from 1.00 to 8.00pm.Chris will be side of stage talking to artists pre and post performance and speaking to audiences watching the concert via big screens around the UK.


Davina and Dermot are out and about, talking to performers backstage and to the audience enjoying the concert in the park. Davina says: "My memory of Live Aid is being glued to the TV all day. I particularly remember Phil Collins travelling over continents, which summed up what the day was all about, and the feeling of intense good will and the want to change something."


Chris says: "Back in 1985 I was working as a kissogram in Manchester. I had six jobs to do on the evening of Live Aid and I couldn't wait to get back into the car - a mark three green Triumph Spitfire - to listen to the unfolding events on the radio. In fact I almost missed one of my appointments because I was waiting for Madonna to come on!"


Radio 3
Saturday 2 July, 3.00-4.00pm - World Routes at Live 8


Live from the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter Gabriel hosts performances from Live 8's Africa Calling concert. The event features some of Africa's leading musicians including Tinariwen from Mali, Maryam Mursal from Somalia and Thomas Mapfumo from Zimbabwe.


Monday 4 July, 7.30-9.30pm - Performance on 3 - Live 8 at the Eden Project


Highlights from Saturday's Africa Calling event in Cornwall.


Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour invited leading musicians from across the African continent to perform at this Live 8 concert. Artists include one of Africa's most popular women singers, Angelique Kidjo from Benin; Algerian violinist Akim El Sikameya ; Senegalese percussionist Modou Diouf ; Malian superstar Salif Keita ; and Youssou N'Dour himself.


Radio Five Live


In the morning, Brian Alexander will be in Hyde Park ahead of the UK's Live 8 gig, soaking up the atmosphere and speaking to the organisers. Phil Williams is also in Hyde Park all day behind the scenes speaking to the artists as they go on and come off stage.


In the evening the focus shifts to Edinburgh as the Make Poverty History march culminates in the city and Richard Evans and Aasmah Mir bring all the latest news with further celebrity updates from Hyde Park.


Weekend Breakfast : 6.00-8.00am; Live 8 Special : 10.00am-noon; and Weekend News : 7.00pm-10.00pm


The BBC World Service and BBC Local Radio will also be covering the event. More details to follow.


Radio 4
Monday 4 July - Live 8: A Backstage Story


Jon Ronson spends the day in Hyde Park, behind the scenes of the Live 8 Concert. In his own unmistakable style, Jon unearths the stories that won't be told anywhere else by talking to the people who made it happen from runners to sound men, make up artists to caterers and the occasional celebrity. He hopes to record the triumphs, frustrations, the tensions and joys and of course the humour behind staging this major event.


Big screens
In addition to the comprehensive radio coverage, people will be able to recreate the Hyde Park atmosphere and wave their arms in public when the BBC's coverage of the entire concert is shown on big screens across the country.


Locations confirmed so far are Belfast , Birmingham , Bournemouth , Hull , Inverness , Leeds , L'Eree ( Guernsey ), Liverpool , Manchester , Plymouth , St. Helier ( Jersey ) and Wrexham with more details coming soon.


Online
For updates on all aspects of the event from the big screens to the big names taking part - bbc.co.uk will be offering all the latest Live 8 news, with regular reports and photos on the day.


A specially created site, bbc.co.uk/thelive8event, brings together details of the BBC's coverage on TV, radio and online in one place.


The site will also be finding out how listeners are enjoying the day and what they think about the performances, and linking to sources of additional information and debate.


Listeners can also find full details about the BBC's Live 8 WAP service for mobile phones.


 



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Wow!! That is some coverage!  Well done BBC, as usual they have stepped up to the plate when the call has gone out.  Very proud to pay my licence fee - all this and NO ADVERTS!

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