The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded France Télévisions the exclusive broadcast rights in France for the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games, which have yet to be awarded to a host city.
France Télévisions have acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including internet and mobile.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with France Télévisions. We are confident they will continue to do a fantastic job of providing the best possible broadcast coverage of the Games to the largest possible audience in France across a variety of media platforms.”
IOC Executive Board member Thomas Bach, who led the negotiations, commented “Traditionally the IOC has negotiated broadcast rights on a pan European basis, however the media landscape is changing quickly and we have adapted our approach in recent years by negotiating directly in certain markets. We are delighted to reach this agreement directly with our long term partner France Télévisions and look forward to continuing our work with them.”
Rémy Pflimlin, Chairman of France Télévisions, said “The Olympic Games are part of the DNA of our Group, and are one the cornerstones of sports programming of France Télévisions, that is known in France as the “widest field of sports” on free-to-air television. We are very pleased to renew our long time partnership with the IOC, with this agreement which is, for the first time, signed for four Olympic Games, and which will allow us to provide the Olympic Games with the widest possible coverage on all media platforms. Through this agreement, which secures our presence on the Olympic Games for the upcoming decade, we confirm our continued support to the Olympic sports.”
France Télévisions is already the broadcast partner for the London 2012 Olympic Games through the IOC’s agreement with the European Broadcasting Union.
France Télévisions offered nearly 200 hours of airtime to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on its channels France 2 and France 3.
France Télévisions will provide the London 2012 Olympic Games with a wide exposure on its various channels (including France 2, France 3, France 4, France Ô) and platforms, with more than 400 hours of free-to-air airtime and an intensive live coverage of all competitions on its websites and mobile platforms.
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games host city vote will take place at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa, on July 6th 2011.
The 2020 Olympic Games host city vote will take place at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September 2013.
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