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5 Live Sport (formerly known as Sport on 5) is the flagship sports programme on BBC Radio Five Live and part of the BBC Sport division. It broadcasts daily, 7pm - 10.30pm Monday - Thursday, 7pm -10pm Friday, 12noon - 6pm Weekends. The regular presenters are Mark Pougatch (Tuesday,Wednesday and Saturday), Mark Chapman (Monday), Eleanor Oldroyd (Thursday), Colin Murray (Friday and Sunday)
Five Live Sport has evolved from the Saturday afternoon radio sports anthology show Sport on 2 which started on BBC Radio 2 around 1970 and then transferred over as Sport on 5 on BBC Radio 5 in 1990 and BBC Radio Five Live since 1994. The show featured the major sports events each Saturday afternoon, broadcasting between 1.30pm and 5pm, with updates from the major footballing fixtures and second half commentary on a top match. The location of the commentary game would usually be revealed around 3pm. Sports Report followed Sport on 2/Sport on 5 at 5pm.
Television now has more influence on sporting fixtures and kick-off times, so the format of Sport on 5 has evolved to keep pace with major sporting events. While its television equivalent Grandstand was cancelled after 48 years, Sport on 5, which was renamed Five Live Sport in 2006, has survived and thrived. It has been extended to be broadcast several nights per week in addition to its traditional Saturday afternoon transmissions.
For the large part of the season, football is the main sport broadcast. Five Live Sport during the week consists of sports chat and debate, such as the Monday Night Club. If there is football during the week, such as UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, mid-week Premier League, League Cup, Championship games or international matches, then they are broadcast. However, news concerning many other sports are aired. Until 2010, three matches were heard in full on Saturdays, i.e., Premier League kick-offs at 12:45, 3:00 and 5:30. But from 2010-2013 at the earliest, TalkSport have the national radio rights to broadcast the late 5:30 game, meaning that only two games are heard on Five Live Sport on Saturdays at 12.45 & 3.00pm, and sometimes only one game if there is no 12.45pm game scheduled. This means Sports Report broadcasts at 5:00 PM for an hour and then 606 broadcasts at 6:00 PM, reverting to times when a 5:00 PM game was not scheduled by the Premier League. At 3:00 o'clock, there is a main commentary at one of the games, yet there are constant contributions and updates from all the other Premier League games, some Championship games and one or two games from Scotland, while games from the lower leagues are constantly monitored. Then after the games end, Sports Report at 5:00 PM then summarizes the day's action and gets reaction from managers and players. Sundays may then have one or two Premier League games, including the one at 4.00. This however varies depending on the UEFA Europa League the previous Thursday. However, TalkSport gained the national radio rights for the 1.30 kick offs on Sundays as well from 2010-2013, meaning that Five Live Sport has only one game to broadcast at 4:00 PM.
As well as football, any sport that broadcasts on Five Live goes under the Five Live Sport banner. Exceptions to these are sports events that either occur all day, such as The Open Golf Championship, Wimbledon Tennis, or those that happen in the middle of the night, like the American Football Super Bowl. See BBC Radio Five Live for a full list.
Because Five Live Sport covers a huge number of football matches, it has a huge number of commentators to cover them.
It also has a huge array of summarisers, such as