The Olympics

The BBC’s London 2012 website, the new “home” for all of the BBC’s London 2012 content, will be launched tomorrow to mark two years to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. World Olympic Dreams will be launched on the site at the same time.

The 2012 site, bbc.co.uk/2012, will give users a single entry point to a showcase of BBC content related to London 2012, drawing on news, sport, programmes from the BBC Archive and more. The site will also contain prominent links to external content such as information about volunteering in 2012 and how to buy tickets for the Olympic Games.

Nearer the Games it will be the home of the BBC’s Torch Relay coverage online, building in technical innovation from the BBC’s Future Media & Technology division and external development companies.

The Torch Relay begins in May 2012 and will cover the UK, before reaching its climax at the Opening Ceremony in London on 27 July.

Among other highlights will be World Olympic Dreams, a project which will feature 26 individual stories and 46 athletes from around the world as they strive to achieve Olympic glory in 2012, and World Class, a sister project which aims to twin British schools with others around the world. Also reflected on the site will be the array of high profile Cultural/Festival 2012 activity and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The look and feel of the site will adapt to the dominant theme of the 2012 journey. For example, when the Torch Relay is under way, the site will fit with that theme and, before the Games themselves get under way, traffic and travel information will be added so that users can easily check on how to get around London and to the other Olympic venues.

Roger Mosey, the BBC’s director of London 2012, said: “Telling the story of London 2012 from now until the end of the Games is one of the biggest challenges the BBC has ever undertaken. We want our coverage to bring the whole of the UK together to enjoy this unprecedented period of events, and the BBC’s website will be the place where people can find out about everything from the 100 metres final and the latest Olympic News to the greatest cultural performances.”

World Olympic Dreams is an innovative multi-platform project which will be broadcast across TV, radio and online and will follow athletes drawn from six continents and competing in 17 different Olympic sports (see Notes to Editors for full list of athletes).

The series of short films will be collated through the BBC’s worldwide reporting network, with correspondents in each of the countries featured providing the relevant footage.

Viewers will be given a real insight into each of the athlete’s unique stories and very different personal circumstances while they all work towards the same goal of Olympic success: personal training regimes; coaches; diet; family; friends; their likes and dislikes; and the sacrifices they all have to make.

Two new films will be broadcast every month and the World Olympic Dreams website will be updated with the latest news from all the athletes. The site will also contain features such as Q&As and blogs as well as the athletes personal social media sites, where users will be able to interact with the athletes.

In addition, BBC Breakfast, World News, World Service, News Channel and BBC Radio 5 Live will carry coverage.

BBC Sport news reporter and Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent will front the series and will be bringing regular updates and reports on each of the 26 stories.

To mark the launch of the new London 2012 website, the BBC Archive is releasing a brand new collection of television and radio programmes online.

Programmes from the archives take you back to the Austerity Games to reveal how the BBC coped with their first time broadcasting television from any Olympic games, and also how the bombed and battered city of London managed to host the Olympics on a shoe-string.

“Pictures showing the Olympics from a different angle – from behind the cameras – have been released publicly for the first time.” The pictures include shots of crowds cheering on the British team as they parade through Wembley, and the British Gymnastic team getting ready for the Games by practising in Hyde Park.

The collection can be seen by visiting bbc.co.uk/archive from 27 July.

 

The BBC today announced it will broadcast an innovative multi-platform project across TV, radio and online, entitled World Olympic Dreams. Beginning on 27 July 2010, the BBC will track 25 athletes from around the world as they strive to turn their hopes for Olympic success at London 2012 into a reality.

With the third installment of successful documentary series Olympic Dreams currently running on BBC One, World Olympic Dreams moves beyond the UK with the 25 athletes drawn from across all five continents and competing in 20 different Olympic Sports.

Those featured include: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt; Kosovan Judoka Majlinda Kelmendi; Afghani Taekwondo fighter Rohullah Nikpai; Iraqi rowers Hussein Hamza and Nozad Haider; British NBA star Luol Deng; and Indian female boxer MC Marykom.

The films that form the project have been collated through the BBC’s worldwide reporting network, with correspondents in each of the countries featured providing the relevant footage.

Viewers will be given a real insight into each of the athlete’s unique stories and very different personal circumstances while they all work towards the same goal of Olympic success: personal training regimes; coaches; diet; family; friends; their likes and dislikes and the sacrifices they all have to make.

Roger Mosey, the BBC’s director of London 2012, said: “There are some amazing tales already about the dedication of individuals from all across the world trying to get to London in 2012.

“We want to harness the BBC’s network of news bureaux and our range of platforms globally and nationally to ensure these inspiring stories are shared as widely as possible.”

The programme will be based on the BBC’s new Olympic portal where two new films will be uploaded each month. The site will also contain features such as Q&As and blogs as well as the athletes personal social media sites, where users will be able to interact with the athletes.

In addition, BBC Breakfast, World News, World Service, News Channel and BBC Radio 5 Live will carry coverage.

BBC Sport news reporter Matthew Pinsent will front the series and will be bringing regular updates and reports on each of the 25 athletes.

Sporting events, by-and-large, get far too much importance thrown on them. I mean, I’m a big fan of sports… but do we really need endless re-runs of England Winning The World Cup or Gazza crying?

That said, the world of sport has brought some insanely important events which have oft been overlooked. Saying that, here’s an act of heroism which is long due a TV docu-drama thing: The controversial 1936 Olympics which saw Jesse Owens ripping everyone ‘a new one’.

TalkbackThames have joined forces with a German production company to tell the story of the 1936 Olympics that will screen before the Olympics in 2012 in a show titled The Olympics.

Adolf Hitler, who famously refused to shake hands with four gold medal winning (and pertinently, black) athlete Owens will feature in the dramatisation.

“The handshake he refused Jesse Owens will be in the miniseries,” said Norbert Sauer, managing director of UFA Fernsehproduktion. “We will have one or two figures that we invent like a British journalist,” he said.

Scripts are in development for the two 90-minute episodes. The drama will follow Owens when he returns to the United States and encounters racism in his homeland in the wake of his Olympics win.

This story clearly has more interest than mere sport and should be a cracking piece of TV. It should also serve as a good taster for the Olympics to come, which of course, will be held in London.

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