BBC Wimbledon 2017 Coverage Details Announced
The BBC will be serving up 15 live HD streams from this year’s Wimbledon Championships as the BBC marks 90 years of coverage.
And for the first time, the BBC will broadcasting qualifying matches from Roehampton in the run up to the start of Wimbledon on 3rd July 2017 via the website.
This year sees the BBC celebrate 90 glorious years of broadcasting Wimbledon. Coverage of The Championships started on radio back in 1927 and a decade later TV viewers were also able to switch on and catch the action. Fast forward to 2017 and the BBC now provides an extensive multi-platform offering for fans which ensures they never miss a minute of the much cherished summer tournament.
This year, the BBC is extending its coverage even further by broadcasting the main show court from the Wimbledon qualifying tournament, thus building the excitement ahead of the main event and offering tennis fans even more live action.
During the Wimbledon fortnight, the BBC Sport website and app will be home to 15 live HD streams. The streams will offer rolling highlights, in-depth pundit analysis, infographics and live votes. Viewers with devices that support the connected BBC Red Button+ service, including modern Freesat receivers, Virgin TiVo and YouView boxes will also have access to these 15 streams. Six of these video streams will also available on the traditional BBC Red Button, which is currently testing on satellite for Sky and Freesat viewers with additional feeds available on Freeview for viewers with Freeview HD or Freeview Play compatible equipment.
Sue Barker will once again be at the helm of the BBC’s Wimbledon television coverage, presenting daily from the heart of the action at the All England Tennis Club. Over the two weeks Sue will be joined in the studio by a top class line-up, including tennis legends Martina Navratilova (pictured above), John McEnroe and Billie Jean King.
This year also sees the welcome return of Boris Becker to the BBC commentary team. Three times Wimbledon champion, Becker will give his expert analysis on the matches and joins a stellar line-up which includes Vijay Amritraj, Tracy Austin, Jamie Baker, Chris Bradnam, Charlie Brougham, James Burridge, Pat Cash, Andrew Castle, Matt Chilton, Andrew Cotter, Annabel Croft, Barry Davies, Jo Durie, Peter Fleming, Paul Hand, Tim Henman (pictured above), John Inverdale, John Lloyd, Dan Lobb, John McEnroe, Ronald McIntosh, David Mercer, Nick Mullins, Peter Odgers, Mark Petchey, Louise Pleming, Simon Reed, Gigi Salmon, Sam Smith, and Liz Smylie. Reports and features will come from Lee McKenzie, Ore Oduba, Rishi Persad and Phil Jones.
BBC Two will be the home of the nightly highlights programme, Today at Wimbledon, led by Clare Balding (pictured above). Live from the open air studio by The Hill, Clare will give viewers the lowdown on the events of the day’s play and have expert analysis from the world of tennis.
In addition to hosting the live coverage, Sue Barker, for whom The Championships have been a huge part of her life for 50 years, will be taking an inside look at what Wimbledon means to those who have picked up the coveted trophy in a special BBC One documentary. Sue travels far and wide to catch up with tennis greats including Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Roger Federer and defending men’s singles champion Andy Murray.