BBC secures Olympic broadcast rights for four more games
In an agreement, which has been finalised with the International Olympics Committee (IOC), the BBC have the rights to broadcast the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Pyeongchang in 2014 and 2018 respectively, along with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio and the Olympics in 2020.
For this year’s London 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC is about to undertake its most comprehensive coverage of an Olympic Games yet, with live broadcasts of every Olympic Sport from every venue throughout the 19 days of London 2012, which will rack up 2,500 hours of live Olympic sporting action, more than 1,000 hours more than Beijing in 2008.
BBC director-general, Mark Thompson said “It’s terrific news.
“It’s a tribute to the enduring partnership between the BBC and the Olympic movement.”
Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport added: “This news will come as a massive boost to our teams who are about to undertake the most ambitious sports broadcast ever at the biggest sporting event in our country’s history.
“The Olympic Games has always been significant as an event that brings the nation together as well as a catalyst for broadcasting innovation and we’re delighted that BBC Sport can now continue to deliver on these traditions.”