The BBC has promised Olympic-sized coverage of this year's Glastonbury festival with 250 hours of live music online and programmes on BBC1 for the first time.
The BBC's controller of pop music Bob Shennan said it would be the "first truly digital Glastonbury experience" with live coverage from six stages, including the flagship Pyramid stage, streamed online.
Shennan said the corporation had "learned a lot" from its experience covering the London Olympics last year, when the games were broadcast on 24 dedicated TV channels, and would be giving the four-day festival "everything we possibly can … to deliver the best Glastonbury experience for all our audiences".
A total of 34 hours of TV coverage – marginally up on last year – will be split across all four of its main TV channels, kicking off with The One Show on BBC1 on the opening Friday night.
BBC2 will be home to the festival's big acts, including this year's big headliners, the Rolling Stones, although it remains to be seen how much of the band's set the corporation will be able to broadcast with outstanding rights issues still to be settled.
The One Show co-host Chris Evans, a Glastonbury first-timer, will also present his Radio 2 breakfast show from the site, the start of 59 hours of radio coverage, up from 51 hours during the last festival in 2011.
Radio 2 will air 19 hours of music from the festival, with other coverage on Radio 1 and digital channels Radio 1 Xtra and 6 Music.
The BBC's presenting team will include Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw and Greg James, 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and two of the familiar faces of its festival coverage, Radio 2's Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe.
Shennan said the BBC had a new four-year deal with Glastonbury organisers in place, beginning with this year's festival.
The BBC's controller for multiplatform across TV and radio, Mark Friend, said the digital landscape had changed significantly since the last festival in 2011.
Six streams of live music from six different festival stages will be available on mobile, tablets and PCs, as well as Virgin Media homes with a "connected" red button. A seventh roving camera will follow the BBC's presenters in the build-up to the festival on Friday.
Mobile users will be able to access the entirety of the BBC's festival coverage via the iPlayer radio app, which has been downloaded more than 2 million times.
"Most people expect to get audio and visual content on their mobile devices when they want – tablet usage has quadrupled since the last Glastonbury," said Friend.
"We are going to bring you all the action live as it happens with more than 250 hours of content covering more than 120 performances. Whatever people's tastes there will be something for you, all of this available live and on catch-up.
"Just as we did at the Olympics and for the first time at a big music event, it will be available on PC, mobile, tablet and connected TVs, whether you are at home, work or on the go you are going to be able to get this stuff, making it really accessible and easy to find.
"2012 was an unprecedented year of innovation for the BBC and set a new standard for live events."
Shennan, who is also controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, said the BBC aimed to make the festival "bigger than the sum of its parts".
He said it would be part of a weekend of "unbelievable live content" from the BBC, along with the Wimbledon tennis championships and the British grand prix.
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