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04 Sep 2009
IOC News , Press Release

IOC awards 2014 & 2016 broadcast rights in Spain

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an agreement with Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) for the broadcast rights within Spain for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016.
RTVE, Spain’s public service broadcaster, has acquired the broadcast and exhibition rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, radio, the internet and mobile phone.
RTVE will be responsible for ensuring that the broadest possible audience is able to access the Olympic Games across all these platforms, including a guaranteed continuation of free-to-air television coverage.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with RTVE, who have done a fantastic job for many years promoting the magic of the Olympic Games across Spain and helping to promote Olympic sports.”
IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach, who led the negotiations, commented: “This agreement
is an important announcement for the IOC. It is the first time we have negotiated broadcast rights directly in Spain. We are looking forward to working directly with RTVE, who will continue to be an excellent partner for the IOC, and the Olympic Movement, in 2014 and 2016.”
Luis Fernández, President of Corporation RTVE, stated: “RTVE believes in the value of all and each one of the sports, and in the right of all citizens to enjoy the Olympic Games through their radio, television and interactive public service media. We will do our best. The Beijing Olympic Games have been very successful; those of 2014 and 2016 will be also.”
Through its membership of the European Broadcasting Union, RTVE will also broadcast the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
The host city of the 2016 Olympic Games will be announced at the 121st IOC Session, to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2009.
For further information on the broadcast and exhibition rights for other territories within Europe for the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016) please see the following press releases:
Pan-European agreement
For further information, please contact the IOC Communications Department, tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:
To contact RTVE: Tel: +34 91 581 76 72, email:
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