RTÉ has announced that it will offer up to 2,300 hours of coverage of the London 2012 Olympics across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ Digital beginning with the opening ceremony on Friday 27 July and running until the closing day on Sunday 12 August.
The London 2012 Olympics will see RTÉ.ie offer users up to 12 high-definition video streams with RTÉ Television broadcasting in excess of 12 hours of HD coverage each day while RTÉ Radio will feature coverage across five of its stations.
RTÉ has been broadcasting coverage of the Olympic Games to the Irish public since 1956 with the first radio coverage of the Olympic Games in Melbourne featured on Junior Sports Magazine, presented by Harry Thuillier. Following the establishment of Ireland’s television channel Telefis Éireann in 1961, the first Irish television coverage of the Olympics was in 1964 at the Tokyo Games.
Ryle Nugent, RTÉ’s Group Head of Sport said: “RTÉ has been broadcasting Olympic coverage for 56 years and we are pleased to continue this proud heritage with the most comprehensive coverage of live action throughout each day of theGames across a multitude of platforms.
“This year RTÉ’s Olympic coverage will extend even further than ever before with all television output available in HD along with a planned 50% increase in the number of live streams available online and extensive radio coverage throughout the schedule.”
RTÉ Two will feature over 225 hours of television coverage over the 17 days of the games, bringing viewers all of the action in high definition throughout the games on RTÉ Two HD, and expert analysis on all of the main events with a particular focus on the progress of the Irish Olympians.
Some of Ireland's biggest sporting stars and former Olympians will join RTÉ's team of analysts this year.
Kenneth Egan joins Bernard Dunne, Michael Carruth and Mick Dowling for boxing.
David Gillick and Ailis McSweeney join Jerry Kiernan, Dave Matthews and Victor Costello for athletics.
Andrew Bree joins Gary O'Toole and Earl McCarthy to provide analysis for swimming.
Former Olympians Neville Maxwell (rowing) and Ian Wiley (canoe slalom) will also add their expertise in their respective sports.
With 14 sports represented in the most diverse Irish team in Olympic history, RTÉ will be focused on the achievements of the Irish athletes competing in athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming and triathlon.
Each day, the coverage will begin on RTÉ Two with London Olympics 2012 at 9.30am as Peter Collins presents live action from London as it unfolds up until 1.00pm, including the athletics and swimming heats.
Following this, Michael Lyster (weekdays) and Tracy Piggott (weekends) present continuing coverage of live action from 1pm-4pm and will be joined by some of Ireland's top sporting names for analysis of a range of events including boxing and road cycling.
Darragh Maloney will anchor coverage on London 2012 Olympics from 4pm-7pm featuring regular Olympic news reports and updates on the Irish as well as plenty of live action including gymnastics, boxing, track cycling finals and basketball featuring the US dream team.
Each evening from 7pm Bill O'Herlihy, presenting coverage of his tenth Olympics, will provide further live action including the swimming, athletics and boxing finals along with discussion and analysis of the major issues of the day with RTÉ's top team of analysts.
RTÉ’s Television commentary team includes Jimmy Magee commentating on his 12th Olympics, George Hamilton at his ninth Olympic Games, Tony O’Donoghue, John Kenny, Hugh Cahill, Ryle Nugent, Stephen Alkin, Nick O'Hare, Robert Hall, Ger Canning, Myles Dungan and Tim McCarthy.
Reporters Marty Morrissey, John Kenny and Clare MacNamara will be in London while Daire O’Brien and Aidan Kelly will provide updates on all of the breaking stories.
RTÉ.ie’s London 2012 section - www.rte.ie/sport/olympics - plans to offer users up to 12 high-definition video streams each day during the Games. In addition, users will also be able to stream RTÉ Sport’s comprehensive television and radio output.
RTÉ’s 12 HD video streams from London 2012 – providing an estimated 2,000 hours of coverage from the greatest sporting spectacle in the world – will be available to users online and on mobile.
RTÉ.ie/sport/olympics will also provide daily live blogs, news stories, results, schedules, Irish athlete profiles, on-demand video and audio clips, social media updates, and behind-the-scenes blogs from Irish Olympians including Mark Kenneally (marathon), Scott Evans (badminton) and Rob Heffernan (walking).
RTÉ will be using social media to bring fans closer to the Olympic Games than ever before using the @RTELondon2012 twitter account and RTE Sport Facebook page.
We'll have updates when every Irish athlete is due to compete and how to follow their progress, all the breaking news as it happens and behind-the-scenes content from our teams on the ground in London.
If you are travelling or on holidays in Europe during the Olympic Games you can also stay in touch with how the Irish are faring in London by watching RTÉ’s television coverage live via the EBU’s Olympic Portal at www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/.
The EBU’s Olympic Portal will be online from 24 July to 31 August inclusive, and will carry all of RTÉ Two’s televised Olympic programming.
If you are in a participating country you can watch the live coverage of all other EBU members, apart from the coverage of the host broadcaster in the country you are in.
RTÉ Radio 1 will bring the 2012 Olympic Games action into your home, your car, your office or wherever you may be this summer with comprehensive coverage across the schedule.
For the duration of the games, Radio 1 will bring weekend listeners extra sports bulletins every hour on the hour between 10am and 1pm. As well as our regular Saturday and Sunday Sport programmes, we will be keeping listeners abreast of what is going on with a special weekend Olympics programme The Games: London 2012 presented by Neil Doherty that will run on Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Saturday 11 August.
During the week, running between Monday 30 July and Friday 10 August (7pm – 10pm), John Creedon will host an extended programme that will see Con Murphy join him to bring listeners all of the latest news from the London Olympic Games alongside the eclectic blend of fantastic music that we have come to expect from the programme.
Weekdays will also see the regular daytime schedule complemented as our man in London, Des Cahill, along with former Olympians Thomas Chamney, Eric Donovan and Kevin Williamson to name but a few, keep listeners updated with regular reports on Morning Ireland, Today with Pat Kenny and Drivetime.
RTÉ 2fm will bring listeners up-to-date reports from the 2012 Olympics along with sports bulletins throughout the event.
On RTÉ lyric fm, a selection of sporting scores will match the momentum of the Games. On Thursday 26 July, Paul Herriott will present the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles as they perform London Olympic Games: Music National – A Sporting Fanfare, recorded in March 2011 at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
George Hamilton will be bringing the atmosphere of the Olympics to his lyric listeners too as The Hamilton Scores broadcasts live from London on 28 July, 4 and 11 August.
For RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Sports Editor Gearóidín Nic an Iomaire and Seán Bán Breathnach will be covering the games from the opening to the closing ceremonies, with a particular emphasis on events featuring Irish athletes. They will feed live commentary and reports into station programmes throughout the two weeks of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Digital radio station RTÉ Choice will be airing The Olympic Years, a series of 12 programmes which feature the music, major world events and the major headlines from the Olympics of that year, covering five decades of the games.
The series, presented by John Kenny, starts with 1956 in Melbourne and goes right through to the 2000 games in Sydney.
RTÉ Radio listeners can tune in to all of the Olympics action on FM, LW, Digital Radio and online via the RTÉ Radio Player www.rte.ie/radioplayer.
Joe Stack, Clare MacNamara, Paul O’Flynn and Philip Bromwell will report for RTÉ News bringing coverage live from London beginning with early morning headlines extending to the Six One and Nine O’Clock bulletins at night with comprehensive, extensive, minute-by-minute coverage of the highs and lows of every Irish performance.
From the unique spectacle of the opening ceremony on Friday 27 July to the closing day on Sunday 12 August, RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio, and RTÉ.ie (www.rte.ie/olympics) will capture all the action as the drama unfolds at the 30th modern Olympiad.
RTÉ Sport’s coverage across television, radio and digital platforms is sponsored by Cadbury.