From 6am to 1am, daily: BBC1 runs into Olympic overload

Schedules cleared for 2,500 hours of coverage – and 'glass box' World Cup studio will be used again

In every conceivable sense, Stratford is a long way from the foot of South Africa's Table Mountain. But when Gary Lineker tucks his famous toes under the coffee table at the BBC's Olympics studio on the east London site in a few months time, he might experience more than a little déjà vu.

Perched on top of 18 shipping containers in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium, the BBC is using the same hexagonal glass box studio it installed below Table Mountain at the 2010 World Cup. Then the corporation was criticised for profligacy – the final took place more than 1,000 miles away in Soweto. Yesterday the BBC's director of sport, Barbara Slater, stressed both the green credentials and the "value for money" of its new studio.

It is from here that the BBC promises "unrivalled" Olympic coverage. In all there will be 2,500 hours of coverage spanning 25 channels showing every second of Olympic action. BBC 1 will show nothing but Olympics from 6am until 1am, with the occasional break for news. Those looking for their regular installment of EastEnders, Panorama, and Songs of Praise during this period will have to turn to BBC2. Some of the BBC's less popular shows will be "rested".

The corporation has defended the costs of deploying 765 staff to cover the Games. Many will require hotel accommodation, having only recently relocated to BBC Sport's new home in Salford.

"With late working hours, and the Olympics being far out in east London, many of these staff would have required hotel accommodation anyway," the BBC's director for London 2012, Roger Mosey, said.

The 2012 games will, the BBC claims, be the first "digital Olympics". All the BBC's channels will be available online and in HD. "The claimed obsolescence of the BBC is a nonsense," Mr Mosey said. "As the nation's broadcaster we are committed to ensuring that viewers get the most from their Olympic experience and our comprehensive coverage will deliver on that promise."

There will be a free Olympics mobile app, allowing people to watch the games on the go. Twitter, too, will be important to the BBC's coverage, with many of its top presenters embracing the medium.

Gary Lineker also said he would continue to tweet during the Olympics, making light of his recent Twitter altercations with footballer Joey Barton. "It's a fascinating medium, and a great way of engaging with the public," he said. "People say nasty things about you on there every day. It's just they're not normally so high-profile. I'm relatively new to it but it's very addictive."

For the first time in at least 64 years, those visiting the UK for the Games will be seeing their Olympics through the BBC. Jake Humphrey, who will anchor Olympic coverage from the velodrome, said: "Our job is to give people a flavour of British culture, British television and British life."

Sian Williams, who will be returning to the BBC Breakfast sofa, this time repackaged as "Olympic Breakfast", stressed the programme would remain a news programme.

She said: "The Olympics themselves will generate all sorts of news angles and stories, but our job remains the same. When you switch on in the morning you want to know what's gone on. If there's been big events in Syria, or domestically, we will be covering them. We must fulfil our objectives."

Olympic news you may have missed...

Three-time world champion Katie Taylor has secured her place at the women's boxing tournament this summer. The Irish fighter defeated Saida Khassenova of Kazakhstan 20-8 in the 60-kilogram class at the world championships in China yesterday.

Three British boxers also moved closer to confirming their places in London; Nicola Adams, Natasha Jones and Savannah Marshall all winning quarter-final places.

Flyweight Adams overcame Venezuela's Karla Magliocco, 20-7. "It was tough," the 29-year-old, who next faces five-time 48kg world champion Mary Kom in the last eight today, said. "Everybody wants to win and qualify."

What's coming up...

Tomorrow The 2012 Olympic flame handover ceremony takes place tomorrow at the Panathinaiko Stadium. Lord Coe, will accept the torch. The event will be screened on BBC2 from 5.15pm. The torch will then be sent to Britain, where it will go through more than 1,000 places before arriving in London for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony on 27 July.

Who's up?

English Gardner Remember the name. The University of Oregon student clocked a US junior 100m record of 11.03sec last year and at the PAC 12 Championships in Eugene she recorded a stunning 11.00sec, albeit wind assisted. The New Jersey native also ran a legal 22.82sec for 200m.

Who's down?

Russell Mark The Olympic gold medal-winning shooting champion is to don a lime-green mankini – as worn by Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character – in front of 80,000 at the opening ceremony. The 48-year-old lost a bet on his local Australian Football team, Carlton. "A lot of people think a mankini might look better than the uniform they've nominated," he joked.

News
Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
Life and Style
tech
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
News
i100
Life and Style
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits