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BBC to air The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 2010

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MUMBAI: The Oxford and Cambridge 2010 Boat Race, on London’s River Thames, will broadcast for the first time on BBC World News. The one-hour special will air at 8.35 pm on 3 April.

BBC World News director of news content Richard Porter says, “The live race is always filled with tension and excitement and this year it will be especially interesting to see if Cambridge can topple Oxford’s success in the last two years."

This year’s crew line-ups include rowers from Canada, America, Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany. In addition to the live event being available on BBC World News, international audiences can also view the Xchanging Boat Race on bbc.com/sport and via BBC World News iphone application.

The BBC TV team is led by Clare Balding who will be presenting from out and about on the towpath, amongst the crowds and around the boathouses to really reflect the feel of the occasion. Clare will also be announcing the crews in a new style this year, with a dramatic unveiling of each rower, presented in the order they sit in the boats, so audiences can get a comparative view of how the rivals match up.

One of BBC Sport’s voices from golf and rugby union, Andrew Cotter, will lead the commentary team alongside former Oxford rower and coach Dan Topolski and former Cambridge President Wayne Pommen. Wayne will be based out on the water in a launch travelling alongside the crews to offer a unique perspective on the race.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist and ten-time World Rowing Champion, Sir Matthew Pinsent, will be reporting on race conditions, tides and technical elements of how the race will be won or lost. Expert analysis comes from Olympic silver medallist and double Boat Race winning Cox, Acer Nethercott. BBC London news presenter Riz Lateef will be at Mortlake with the crowds around the finishing area, getting all the atmosphere and stories from the riverside. The race will also be broadcast in the UK on BBC One and on BBC America, with a total distribution to over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

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