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31 Aug 2003
IOC News , Press Release

Olympic Broadcasting Services Agreement Signed for Beijing 2008

Today in Beijing, an agreement was signed by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and the Organising Committee for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) to put in place the establishment of the Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Co. Ltd (BOB) as host broadcaster for the 2008 Games. OBS is a company created by the IOC to oversee the host broadcaster function for the Games, beginning in 2008. The Framework Agreement signed by Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of OBS, and Liu Jingmin, Executive Vice-President of BOCOG, marks the beginning of a new era for the broadcasting of the Olympic Games.

On signing the agreement, OBS Chairman Hein Verbruggen declared: "We are delighted to sign this agreement with BOCOG today. The Olympic Games are seen by billions of viewers worldwide. This agreement will help ensure the quality and continuity of broadcasting at the 2008 Olympic Games and beyond."

In May 2001, to ensure that high standards of broadcasting are maintained from Games to Games, the IOC Executive Board approved the decision to set up OBS with Manolo Romero, Chief Executive Officer of the host broadcaster for the five previous Olympic Games.

The main responsibility of BOB as host broadcaster is to provide the pictures and images of the Olympic Games as a service to all broadcast organisations which have purchased television and radio rights. For the 2008 Olympic Games, BOB will provide more than 3,500 hours of coverage to more than 200 rights-holding broadcast organisations.

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