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Written by Matt   
Sunday, 19 June 2005

This page is devoted to the BBC coverage of the Live 8 concert in London, on July 2nd, 2005, which features the reunion of Roger Waters with Pink Floyd for the occasion. For all other countries/broadcasters, check out our main Live 8 broadcast page.

In the UK, the BBC is the host broadcaster for Live 8 London (the one with Pink Floyd!) with coverage across BBC ONE, TWO and THREE, with radio broadcasts on Radio's 1 and 2, the BBC World Service and across the BBC's regional stations. The BBC radio stations are streamed on the internet at, meaning people worldwide can enjoy their coverage live, as it happens.

Here's the current detail:

2 July: Live 8 Live
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 Fearne 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. Not only will we be bringing all of the London Concert live, but also the best of the music from Paris, Berlin and Rome.

2 July: Live 8 Crosses the Atlantic
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.

2 July: Live 8 Reloaded
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
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 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.

Radio 1
2 July: 1.00pm-1.00am

Radio 1 is broadcasting live throughout the day 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.

In a specially extended version of the rap show from 9pm, Tim Westwood catches up with the events in Philadelphia.

Radio 2
2 July: 1.00pm-8.00pm (approx)

Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary host Radio 2's coverage. 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.

Radio 4
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.

Radio Five Live
2 July, 6.00-8.00am - Weekend Breakfast
2 July, 10.00am-noon - Live 8 Special
2 July, 7.00pm-10.00pm - Weekend News

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.

6 Music
From Monday July 4th to Thursday July 7th, Jane Gazzo's Dream Ticket will feature Live 8 organiser Midge Ure introducing some of the highlights of the London event. Hear the show between 10pm and 1am each night.

World Service
The BBC World Service will bring the event to the global audience.


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