BBC EAST MIDLANDS ANNOUNCES ITS PLANS FOR COVERAGE OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY

BBC East Midlands has announced its plans for covering the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.  The plans include a dedicated BBC Olympic Torch Relay Bus with a radio studio on board that will tour the region, local radio outside broadcasts every day from key locations, and a live television special celebrating the Torch Relay passing through the East Midlands region.

BBC East Midlands Today’s Anne Davies will present a live programme, Olympic Torch Live: East Midlands, on Friday 29 June, from 7pm on BBC One.

Joining Anne will be Olympic medallist Colin Jackson as people of the East Midlands celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay.  A team of reporters will be in towns and villages across the region to report on the welcome and the stories of the people carrying the torch.

Anne and Colin will be at Darley Park, Derby, where 20,000 people are expected as the excitement builds ready for the flame to light the special Olympic cauldron.

BBC East Midlands Today will be live from Nottingham’s Old Market Square and the National Ice Centre on Thursday 28th June; On Friday 29th June it will broadcast from Derby Cathedral and Market Place and on Monday 2nd July the programme will be live from Abbey Park in Leicester.  Each programme will feature the celebrations in the towns and villages along the route.

BBC Local Radio Stations in the East Midlands will be broadcasting comprehensive coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay.   Mornings will start with Olympic Torch Live Breakfast programmes from each Local Radio station as the Olympic Torch Relay begins.  These outside broadcasts will come from the BBC Olympic Torch Relay Bus.

Listeners who come to the Bus can have the chance to meet their local presenters and share their stories of the Olympic Torch Relay.  Listeners will also have the opportunity to enjoy an interactive Torch-themed experience and post a good luck message to Team GB.

BBC Radio Derby: Friday 29th June: From 4pm Colin Bloomfield, Phil Trow and Ian Skye are live at the celebrations in Derby’s Market Place and Darley Park as the city welcomes the Olympic torch in style.

Saturday 30th June: Andy Potter presents the Saturday Breakfast show (between 6am and 9am) from the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

Stuart Thomas, Head of Regional and Local Programming, East Midlands, says “The arrival of the flame in the East Midlands promises to be an exciting event – and for those who can’t be there the BBC will cover every moment – on TV, on radio and online. From live coverage of Torvill and Dean skating with the torch in Nottingham, to our special BBC1 programme from Derby, the BBC will be the place to follow the flame.”

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