Tokyo Olympics on BBC TV, radio and online


Tokyo Olympics on the BBC
Follow BBC coverage live from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games across BBC TV, radio and online
Dates: 23 July-8 August Hosts: Tokyo, Japan Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and BBC Sounds; Live text, video clips and highlights on the BBC Sport website and app.

The BBC will bring you live coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and online.

BBC One and BBC Two will broadcast more than 350 hours of action – covering all 33 sports from 21 July to 8 August – with a second stream available on BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app.

BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra also bring you live commentary every day, plus a daily podcast on BBC Sounds, and there will be live text, video clips and highlights on the BBC Sport website and app.

Why does the BBC have fewer live video streams for Tokyo 2020?

The BBC is able to broadcast live Olympic action on a maximum of two television channels at once for Tokyo 2020.

Eurosport is the pay-TV rightsholder showing multiple streams in the UK, continuing a rights deal that began with the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Its parent company Discovery bought European-wide rights to the Olympics Games in 2016 in a deal worth 1.3bn euros (£922m at the time).

Shortly after this was announced, the BBC reached an agreement to sub-licence rights from Discovery, allowing the corporation to remain the free-to-air home of the Games in the UK.

The deal for a maximum of two channels meant the BBC could no longer offer multiple streams of individual sports events as had been the case at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Listed events legislation means the Olympics Games has to be broadcast on free-to-air television in the UK.

Listings (all times BST)

Event start times are subject to change and the BBC is not responsible for any that may be made. Also, coverage can be subject to late schedule changes, so details may differ from this page.

Day Two: Sunday, 25 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:15 – BBC Two

12:15-18:00 – BBC One

22:30-23:59 – BBC One

22:30-23:59 – Red Button

TV Highlights

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:30 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day Three: Monday, 26 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

15:00-18:00 – Red Button

22:30-23:59 – BBC One

Highlights

19:30-21:05 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day Four: Tuesday, 27 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

11:55-14:00 – Women’s football: GB v Canada, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

Highlights

19:00-20:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day Five: Wednesday, 28 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

Highlights

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

21:00-22:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

Day Six: Thursday, 29 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

Highlights

19:00-20:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

19:30-21:10 – BBC One

21:10-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day Seven: Friday, 30 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

Highlights

19:00-20:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

19:30-21:05 – BBC One

21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day Eight: Saturday, 31 July

Live coverage

00:00-12:40 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

01:00-06:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:45-17:40 – BBC One

23:15-23:59 – BBC One

TV Highlights

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day Nine: Sunday, 1 August

Live coverage

00:00-12:05 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

01:00-06:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:05-12:20 – BBC Two

12:20-18:00 – BBC One

TV Highlights

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day 10: Monday, 2 August

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

Highlights

19:00-20:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

19:30-21:05 – BBC One

21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day 11: Tuesday, 3 August

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

23:45-23:59 – BBC One

Highlights

19:00-20:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day 12: Wednesday, 4 August

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

23:00-23:59 – BBC One

TV Highlights

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day 13: Thursday, 5 August

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

TV Highlights

19:30-21:05 – BBC One

21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day 14: Friday, 6 August

Live coverage

00:00-12:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

12:00-12:45 – BBC Two

12:45-18:00 – BBC One

22:55-23:59 – BBC One

TV Highlights

19:30-21:05 – BBC One

21:05-22:00 – BBC Two, Olympics 2020: Extra

Day 15: Saturday, 7 August

Live coverage

00:00-13:00 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

01:00-05:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

09:00-14:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

13:05-17:40 – BBC One

21:00-22:00 – BBC Two

23:00-23:59 – BBC One

TV Highlights

19:00-20:30 – BBC One

Day 16: Sunday, 8 August

Live coverage

00:00-11:40 – BBC One

00:00-23:59 – Red Button

01:00-06:00 – BBC Radio 5 Live

06:00-09:00 – 5 live Olympic Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live

11:55-15:00 – Closing ceremony, BBC One

TV Highlights

19:30-21:00 – BBC One

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