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Saturday, 30th July 2016
How can I listen to sports coverage, results, medal news and commentary from Rio summer games 2016 on the radio?

With a few days to go to the start of the Rio games, the BBC is preparing to broadcast more than 3000 hours of coverage across TV and radio during the seventeen days of games. Radio coverage will be carried on BBC Radio 5 live, with additional 5 live sports extra coverage during the paralympics. You can also keep up with results and medal news via talkSPORT.

Coverage for UK radio listeners is available to listen online on your PC or Mac, however, due to broadcast rights, live commentary and programmes are not available overseas. You can listen to UK commentary using your Roberts Stream 93 or iStream 2 internet radio, Pure One Flow, Pure Evoke F4 or Pure Sensia 200D Connect, which all receive the high quality AAC format protected UK streams from 5 live and 5 live sports extra, plus have access to the BBC listen again catalogue.

On Thursday, 4th August (the eve of Rio), Eleanor Oldroyd and Mark Chapman present BBC Radio 5 live Sportís preview of the Games live from Brazil.

Then, from the official Opening Ceremony on 5th August, BBC Radio 5 live, presenters Eleanor Oldroyd, Mark Chapman, Mark Pougatch, Russell Fuller, Caroline Barker and former Olympic Champion Jonathan Edwards will guide listeners through all the drama from the sporting events at Rio. Starting at 12 noon every day, the station will broadcast blanket coverage of all the live action, latest news and medalling news from the 2016 games.

Starting on 7th September, Radio 5 live and Radio 5 live sports extra will also have over 80 hours of live coverage of the paralympics from Rio, with a team including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Gigi Salmon, Jonathan Overend, London 2012 gold-medal-winning cyclist Mark Colbourne, and swimmer Graham Edmunds.

The easiest way to receive 5 live and 5 live sports extra is via DAB digital radio. We've some timely advice and recommendations for DAB digital radios. If you're out and about during the games, consider a kitchen or portable model that takes batteries, or a personal, handheld DAB radio. If you want one for the car, consider a in-car DAB adaptor or car stereo DAB head unit.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a type of radio designed to pick up digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial. We've links to good models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and wi-fi receivers.

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Related links:
national radio stations, on this website.

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