The S4C network has confirmed a new broadcast partnership with Birmingham Organizing Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. As per the deal, the network will be broadcasting all events of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in Wales.
S4C will broadcast live coverage of the Games, as well as highlights show every evening starting from July 28. The network will air an hour-long preview of the Birmingham 2022 games on the first day, with the channel to provide daily coverage, including event highlights and the latest news of the Wales team, starting from July 29.
The coverage will be presented by Catrin Heledd and Lauren Jenkins, with Heledd Anna and Tina Evans reporting from Birmingham and Gareth Rhys Owen and Gareth Roberts offering commentary.
On July 26, S4C will air a film titled ‘Cymry’r Gemau’ (Welsh of the Games), which will portray Team Wales members preparing for the championships. Also, in the build-up to Birmingham 2022, a series of short films titled ‘Chwedloni’ has commenced airing on S4C’s television and social media channels. The films will showcase stories from previous Commonwealth Games participants.
Catrin Heledd, Journalist at BBC Wales said, “The Commonwealth Games come around every four years and they are a rare opportunity for Welsh athletes to represent their nation. It’s a chance for emerging stars to make a name for themselves and experienced competitors to perform on the big stage, so I’m looking forward to seeing who will make an impression this time. We’ll be following Team Wales very closely and bringing the latest from Birmingham, so make sure you join us every evening.”
Sue Butler, S4C Sports Commissioner said, “S4C is breaking new ground by broadcasting from the Commonwealth Games. Our evening highlights programmes will bring us up-to-date with Team Wales’s progress in Birmingham and share this major international sports event with viewers at home.
“The games mean a great deal to so many Welsh athletes and we will be there every day to show the best moments from the competition. Good luck to everyone taking part.”