BBC To Launch Dedicated iPlayer Channel For Euro 2024

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As the countdown to the highly anticipated UEFA Men’s Euro 2024 in Germany begins, the BBC has announced its extensive coverage plans across TV, BBC iPlayer, radio, BBC Sounds, and online platforms.

This year’s Euro 2024 will take place between June 14 and July 14, 2024. As always, the BBC and ITV will share Euro broadcasting rights, with both of them airing the live final.

This year, the BBC is introducing a dedicated BBC iPlayer Euros channel. This streaming-only channel will serve as a central hub for all Euro 2024 content, providing fans with a one-stop-shop for live matches, highlights, analysis, and exclusive features.

As always, live matches will also air on BBC One and BBC Two (across Freeview, Freesat, Freely and the pay-TV platforms), along with daily highlight shows.

Unfortunately, Unlike the Euro 2020 Games (which took place in 2021 due to the pandemic), this year’s broadcasts will not be available in Ultra HD / 4K.

Star-Studded Lineup

Presenters Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Mark Chapman, and Alex Scott will lead the BBC’s comprehensive coverage.

Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Alex Scott (Photo: BBC)

They will be joined by a host of football icons, including Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Cesc Fabregas, Micah Richards, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Williams, Ellen White, Rachel Corsie, and James McFadden.

The tournament will also mark the BBC punditry debut of several figures such as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Thomas Frank, and David Moyes.

The BBC has also assembled a team of experienced commentators and co-commentators to provide in-depth analysis and insights during the matches.

Danny Murphy, Martin Keown, and Jermaine Jenas will be stationed in the gantry, offering their expert opinions alongside the live action.

The commentary team will be led by seasoned professionals such as Guy Mowbray, Robyn Cowen, Vicki Sparks, Steve Wilson, Steve Bower, and Jonathan Pearce

Live Match Coverage

The BBC will broadcast England’s first two group games against Serbia on June 16 and Denmark on June 20, as well as Scotland’s group fixtures against Switzerland on June 19 and Hungary on June 23.

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In addition to the home nations’ matches, the BBC will have first choice of the quarter-finals and will also show live games featuring some of the biggest teams in Europe, including current holders Italy, World Cup runners-up France versus the Netherlands (June 21), Spain, Belgium, and Portugal.

Football enthusiasts can tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live for live match commentary of the opening fixture between Germany and Scotland, while the first BBC televised game will feature defending champions Italy taking on Albania on BBC One.

Dedicated iPlayer Euro 2024 Channel

This year, the BBC is launching a dedicated BBC iPlayer Euros channel, which will serve as the go-to destination for football fans throughout the tournament.

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This streaming-only channel marks another step forward in the BBC’s digital offerings, providing viewers with a one-stop-shop for all things related to Euro 2024.

Fans can expect a comprehensive collection of build-up content, including special features that delve into the stories behind the teams, players, and moments that define the tournament.

The channel will also showcase classic matches from previous Euro tournaments, allowing viewers to relive the most memorable and iconic moments in European football history.

During the tournament, viewers will be able to access 27 live matches, additional analysis, mini highlights, home nations camp reports, and a new highlights program called Euros Breakdown with Alex Scott, which will provide exclusive match reactions and insights.

Euro 2024 channels
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As always, the dedicated BBC iPlayer channel will only be available on streaming devices and Smart TV that support the BBC iPlayer app (and are connected to broadband).

Radio and BBC Sounds

BBC Radio 5 Live will offer wall-to-wall daily programs, with coverage of all 51 Euros matches.

Mark Chapman, Kelly Cates, and Steve Crossman will lead the presentations, while BBC Football correspondent John Murray heads the radio commentary team.

The BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast will be a must-listen for fans, delivering analysis, insights, and behind-the-scenes interviews from across Germany.

On the BBC Sounds app, fans will have access to a wide range of audio content, including live match commentary, podcasts, and special features. 

Online and Social Media

The BBC Sport website and app will be the hub for dynamic and interactive coverage of Euro 2024.

Fans will be able to follow the drama of all 51 games, access highlights, and engage with the hugely popular live pages.

Furthermore, fans will be able to set mobile alerts for all 24 teams (with notifications for line-ups, kick-off, goals, half-time scores and results).

The BBC’s coverage will be available across various devices (laptops, smartphones, etc.), ensuring that fans can stay connected wherever they are.

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Social media platforms will play a big role in delivering the best goals, key moments, and breaking news to audiences, with a focus on engaging younger viewers through vertical video offerings on TikTok and Instagram.

Scotland Coverage

BBC Scotland’s sports teams will be at the heart of the live action for Scottish audiences. Radio Scotland’s Sportsound will provide live coverage of Scotland’s matches, with Kenny MacIntyre presenting and Liam McLeod and Alasdair Lamont on commentary duties.

The BBC Scotland channel will feature highlights programs, presented by Jonathan Sutherland with analysis from Neil McCann.

In the lead-up to the tournament, BBC Scotland will air several specially commissioned programs to get fans in the mood for the Euros.

Meet Steve Clarke will provide an in-depth interview with the Scotland coach, conducted by Tom English, offering insights into the team’s preparations and aspirations.

How We Got There will take a thrilling look back at Scotland’s qualifying campaign, reliving the key moments and matches that secured their place in the tournament.

BBC Scotland Sport will also produce a daily Euros podcast on BBC Sounds, providing fans with a dedicated platform for all the latest news, analysis, and interviews related to the Scottish team’s progress.

Men’s Euro 2024 Group Stage TV Schedule

DateMatchKick Off (BST)Broadcaster
14 JuneGermany v Scotland8pmITV
15 JuneHungary v Switzerland2pmITV
15 JuneSpain v Croatia5pmITV
15 JuneItaly v Albania8pmBBC
16 JunePoland v Netherlands2pmBBC
16 JuneSlovenia v Denmark5pmITV
16 JuneSerbia v England8pmBBC
17 JuneRomania v Ukraine2pmBBC
17 JuneBelgium v Slovakia5pmITV
17 JuneAustria v France8pmITV
18 JuneTurkey v Georgia5pmBBC
18 JunePortugal v Czech Republic8pmBBC
19 JuneCroatia v Albania2pmITV
19 JuneGermany v Hungary5pmBBC
19 JuneScotland v Switzerland8pmBBC
20 JuneSlovenia v Serbia2pmITV
20 JuneDenmark v England5pmBBC
20 JuneSpain v Italy8pmITV
21 JuneSlovakia v Ukraine2pmBBC
21 JunePoland v Austria5pmITV
21 JuneNetherlands v France8pmBBC
22 JuneGeorgia v Czech Republic2pmBBC
22 JuneTurkey v Portugal5pmITV
22 JuneBelgium v Romania8pmITV
23 JuneSwitzerland v Germany8pmBBC
23 JuneScotland v Hungary8pmBBC
24 JuneAlbania v Spain8pmBBC
24 JuneCroatia v Italy8pmBBC
25 JuneNetherlands v Austria5pmBBC
25 JuneFrance v Poland5pmBBC
25 JuneEngland v Slovenia8pmITV
25 JuneDenmark v Serbia8pmITV
26 JuneSlovakia v Romania5pmBBC
26 JuneUkraine v Belgium5pmBBC
26 JuneGeorgia v Portugal8pmITV
26 JuneCzech Republic v Turkey8pmITV

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