London 2012: How to follow the Olympics on BBC Radio 5 live

BBC Radio 5 live will ensure listeners do not miss a moment of London 2012 by launching a new 24-hour sister station - 5 live Olympics Extra.

Meanwhile, former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis has joined the 5 live commentary team for boxing.

In addition to coverage of all the big moments on 5 live, Olympics Extra will bring extra choice to listeners, offering extended commentary from the Games and a catch-up service through the night.

It started broadcasting this week on digital radio and online.

In total on 5 live and 5 live Olympics Extra there will be:

  • a record 580 hours of live commentary.
  • 170 hours of highlights during the course of the Games.

Mark Pougatch, who has broadcast at four summer Olympics, leads the 5 live coverage from London during the Games.

Regular 5 live presenters Nicky Campbell, Rachel Burden, Victoria Derbyshire, Mark Chapman, Peter Allen, Colin Murray and Tony Livesey will all feature prominently in the schedule alongside a team of top commentators led by Mike Costello for athletics and John Murray for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Other expert summarisers in addition to Lewis include Kriss Akabusi, Steve Backley and Darren Campbell for athletics, Craig Heap for gymnastics James Cracknell for rowing and Annabel Croft for tennis.

Radio 5 live Olympics Extra will be on air up until 13 August and is available on digital radio, online and on tablets via the Olympics Extra website, on the UK radio player and on selected mobile phones.

5 live Olympics Extra will appear on your DAB station between 5 live and 5 live sports extra. You may need to retune to see it.

Ian Payne and Anna Foster will host the action on the new station.

During the games, 5 live Sports Extra will continue to provide commentaries of other events such as Test match cricket, Formula 1 and the US PGA Championship.