BBC To Broadcast 2009 Wimbledon Championships Live And Exclusive In HD

On 22 June BBC Sport will commence its live and exclusive coverage of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. This year, for the first time, the entire BBC coverage of the championships will be available in high definition on the BBC HD channel.

As well as coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC HD channel, viewers will be able to follow the championships via BBC Online, which will be streaming all the live action direct to viewers’ PCs and offering live text commentaries via the mobile service.

BBC Red Button will also offer a wide range of viewing options throughout Wimbledon and, with BBC Radio 5 Live providing extensive coverage, interviews and commentary from Wimbledon, there are more ways than ever to follow the excitement and action this year.

The BBC team once again includes an enviable line-up of ex-champions and industry experts.

Sue Barker will present live daytime and evening coverage on BBC One and BBC Two. The daily highlights show Today At Wimbledon will be presented by John Inverdale on BBC Two at 8.00pm each weekday. Tim Henman will rejoin the team following his successful debut last year as a commentator and studio analyst alongside the existing line-up.

The top quality team also features John McEnroe, Boris Becker, John Lloyd, Greg Rusedski, Andrew Castle, Tracy Austin, Virginia Wade, Mark Petchey, Chris Bailey, David Mercer, Peter Fleming, Barry Davies, Mark Cox, Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Matt Chilton, Liz Smylie, Sam Smith, Jo Durie and Louise Pleming.

Reporters onsite adding daily colour to the championships are Celina Hinchcliffe, Phil Jones, Rishi Persad and Garry Richardson. Jason Goodall will again be providing the “hawk-eye” analysis.

BBC Red Button will offer a choice of up to five live matches, plus a highlights service and replays of the top matches. Viewers will also be able to switch between commentary and no-commentary options on live matches.

When there is coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, Freeview will offer a choice of up to four matches.

A digital text service will also be available with news, results and score updates.

Radio 5 Live’s Six Love Six programme will air on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm.

BBC Online will have live streaming and on-demand highlights. Interviews from the television coverage will also feature, and there will be live scoring available on your PC.

Mobile users can follow the latest action by reading the live text commentary service.

Wimbledon is available online and on your mobile at

BBC iPlayer will be offering between two and four full matches every day of the tournament. Women’s matches will be shown in their entirety and Men’s matches will be broken into sets. Today At Wimbledon will also be available on demand from BBC iPlayer.

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