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Barry Davies becomes Heathrow’s Olympic commentator-in-residence

Legendary sports commentator Barry Davies MBE has been appointed as Heathrow’s official ‘Voice of London 2012’ to provide passengers with audio commentary on the sporting action taking place in London and across the UK through the airport's tannoy system.

The commentator will be on Heathrow’s airwaves throughout the Olympic Games and will provide a special commentary on the day’s sporting events to 230,000 passengers expected to travel through the airport on 28 June.

Davies said, “The London 2012 Olympic Games will bring an electric atmosphere to the capital this summer, and I’m looking forward to extending this to the thousands of passengers who will be passing through Heathrow’s arrivals gates for the greatest show on earth. It is a different and exciting task and I hope the passengers will enjoy it!”

Davies has already provided a commentary master-class to the airport’s operations team, to help them deliver announcements that bring the buzz and excitement of the Games to the eight million passengers expected to fly through the airport over the next three months.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow commercial director at Heathrow, commented, “Heathrow is entering its busiest ever period as spectators and athletes arrive from across the globe. We have spent seven years preparing for the Games’ challenge. Now we are putting that planning into action with thousands of extra staff and volunteers on hand to help and events and activities across the terminals to get passengers in the Olympic spirit. We are delighted to have Barry on air during this period. His commentary will create a unique experience for our passengers and ensure they won’t miss a single moment of the action.”

As well as his role at Heathrow, Davies will be covering the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the Olympic Broadcast Service and commentating on the men’s and women’s hockey for the BBC. His involvement with London 2012 will see him become the first UK sports broadcaster to have commentated on twelve Summer Olympics.

The London 2012 Games will be Britain’s biggest peacetime transport challenge. Heathrow has spent seven years preparing for the Games and has consulted with previous host airports such as Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Vancouver. BAA has independently invested around £20 million as part of its preparations.

July 20, 2012


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