Live 8 broadcasters
With the Live 8 concerts of July 2005 spanning ten countries and four continents, a large number of broadcasters was needed to bring the event of the year to the nearly 6.5 billion people around the globe.
In Austria, the entire day was covered live by ATV+.
In Belgium, JIMtv broadcast full coverage of Live 8 from different places 16.00-03.00.
In Denmark, the entire day was covered live by DR: Coverage was shared between DR1 and DR2.
In France, it was broadcast on commercial channel M6. First there was live coverage of Live 8 in London, and in the late afternoon this switched to live coverage of the Paris concert. In the late evening there were highlights of all the day's Live 8 events. The event was also available on the French subsidiary of MTV.
In Greece, parts of the concerts were broadcast by MEGA Channel.
In Italy, the show was broadcast by Rai Tre.
In Norway, the shows aired live on both NRK television channels.
In Spain, the show was broadcast live by the public channel TVE2 (16.00-18.15, 21.00-03.00 GMT+1). Ainhoa Arbizu and Neil Solé hosted the Spanish broadcast of the show.
In Switzerland, Live 8 was broadcast in parts by SF zwei.
In Turkey, the entire day was covered live by NTV.
In the United Kingdom, the London show was broadcast live from 13.00-18.15 BST on BBC Two when coverage switched to BBC One until 01:40 BST on Sunday (originally 21.30 BST). BBC One then aired the Philadelphia show until 06.00 BST. There was alternative coverage on BBC Three from 19.00-03.00 BST. The Philadelphia and the Eden shows were both broadcast live on the BBC's interactive service. There was also live coverage not only on BBC radio stations, but also on the major commercial stations.
In Canada, CTV broadcast the full Canadian concert as well as selected live performances and highlights from the other eight concerts continuously from 07:00 EDT 2 July until approximately 01:30. EDT 3 July, including a five-hour "Greatest Hits" highlights package. Most of the radio stations of Standard Broadcasting aired the full Canadian concert live, and CBC Radio One aired highlights. According to BBM Canada, approximately 10.5 million Canadians watched Live 8 on CTV at some point, with an average of 1.1 million watching each minute .
In Mexico the show was broadcast on MTV Mexico and some radio stations.
In the United States the coverage was as follows: MTV, MTV2, MTVU and VH1 showed portions of most of the Live 8 concerts, switching between all eight shows and also showing recaps of Live Aid as well as special content such as interviews with the stars and people behind Live 8. All channels had the same coverage of the concert, in order to keep viewers from avoiding commercials by jumping between channels. In keeping with general criticisms of U.S. music television, some viewers felt that the coverage contained an excessive amount of commercials and celebrity interviews, and a paucity of actual music. Coverage began at 12.00 ET.
Although MTV and VH1 arguably dropped the ball on their coverage, the networks listened to the complaints and decided to try again. The following Saturday, the networks broadcast five hours each, commercial-free, allowing for more artists and longer sets to be shown for the first time on American TV. the two five-hour broadcasts contained many of the same artists, but roughly half of each set-list was unique to that network. The VH1 coverage aired from 10.00 EST, with MTV's coverage immediately following at 15.00.
ABC bought the U.S. network television rights, licensed through America Online, and aired a two-hour highlights show in prime time on the day of the concert, 2 July. The special contained specially selected segments of the concerts, and was presented by Matt Cord.
AOL broadcast portions of the concert live to AOL's dial-up and Bring Your Own Access customers. The portions broadcast by AOL were literally live broadcasts. At the time it was the largest single online broadcast to date. The preparation and delivery of the live event was the first major leap in Over The Top video or online/Internet video.
In Argentina, MTV showed event fragments every 30 minutes live via Cable and Satellite TV, while local FM radio Rock & Pop broadcast the concerts almost in their entirety. TV channel Canal 13 showed highlights of the shows the event night and on the following week, Saturday 9 July 2005, starting at 21:30 local time. MTV Argentina is the home for all MTV Latin America transmission, so the same fragments every 30 minutes where watch in almost all Latin America.
In Colombia, La Mega radio station broadcast the entire event the whole day, with breaks for commercials. Also, MTV Latin America (from Argentina) and the TV channel RCN transmitted small breaks of the events, with commercial and breaks between the original programming.
Asia and Africa
In Pakistan ARY NEtworks "The Musik" broadcast the concerts.
In India, VH1 was broadcasting the concerts.
In Israel, the concerts were broadcast on channel Israel 10 16.00-21.00, 22.30-03.00, interrupted for a news editorial.
In Lebanon, Live 8 was covered by 99FM.
In Malaysia and Brunei, the shows aired live on satellite television Astro (All Asia Broadcast), on Astro Live 8 on Channel 88 and on MIX FM at 21.00, Saturday. There were repeat screenings on Sunday at 12.00 and on Monday at 16.00.
In Singapore, the shows aired live on cable television (Starhub Cable Vision) on Preview Channel 01 21.00-07.00.
In Australia, the Nine Network showed selected highlights from 20.30-22.45 AEST on Sunday, 3 July 2005. Pay TV channel FOX8 showed coverage live from 21.30 AEST on Saturday night to 10.00 AEST on Sunday morning. Radio stations in the Austereo network, including Triple M in certain capitals, broadcast the concert from 23.00 AEST Saturday night onwards. This led to it being roundly criticised for not being shown live on free to air television.
In New Zealand, the show aired live on TV2 from 01.30-12:00 NZST. The entire show was on free to air television with no advertising.