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BBC unveils first 'digital' Glastonbury

Paul Williams
BBC unveils first 'digital' Glastonbury

The BBC is promising the first truly digital Glastonbury with live coverage from across six stages and available on multiple devices.

It will be part of what is being billed as a truly co-ordinated effort by the Corporation with 250 hours of coverage and more than 120 performances featured from the June 28 to 30 festival on four BBC TV channels, four rado stations and a multitude of digital platforms. This will include live streaming from the main stages plus a revolving camera following BBC presenters backstage interviewing artists.

Mark Friend, BBC controller, multi-platforms and interactive, radio, said the planned coverage followed the BBC's extensive coverage of last summer's Olympic Games on which it offered multiple viewing choices for its audience and the launches last year of the BBC iPlayer Radio service and Connected Red Button. Coverage will be available on PC, mobiles, tablets and connected devices.

"We're well placed to make this the first truly digital Glastonbury," he said.

BBC popular music controller Bob Shennan, who also directly oversees Radio 2 and 6 Music, said the Corporation wanted to build on "a fantastic relationship" with Glastonbury and revealed a new four-year deal had been signed to cover it.

"Our vision really is for the whole of the BBC to deliver the best ever Glastonbury experience for all of our audience," he said.

For radio that will include coverage on Radios 1, 2, 6 Music and 1Xtra. It will be the first Glastonbury for Radio 2 which will devote 19 hours of airtime to the event, including featuring sets by Mumford & Sons, The Rolling Stones and Jake Bugg, while 6 will be giving 24-hours a day coverage and focusing on the "alternative" side of the festival.

TV coverage will include BBC One for the first time with the prime-time One Show kicking off proceedings, while BBC Two will feature the big headline sets, BBC Three will be on air with coverage from 7pm every night and BBC Four will mix featuring sets from the likes of Seasick Steve and Bobby Womack with documentaries and archive material.

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