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03 Mar 2005
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TORINO 2006: More Than 900 Hours Of Programming Planned For Winter Games

More than 900 hours of Olympic Games programming will be broadcast across the globe during the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, according to figures that were recently presented at the Second World Broadcaster meeting in Turin, Italy. This coverage, featuring all of the competitions of Torino 2006, will be retransmitted to an estimated global audience of more than three billion.

Over 1,500 production personnel
In order to produce 900 hours of programming for a global audience, the Torino Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (TOBO) will rely on the skill and expertise of over 1,500 production personnel, including directors, cameramen, technicians, sound technicians and others. Moreover, 400 specially trained university students will assist the professional staff in their activities. This human element will rely on a vast array of technology that will be put in place for the Games, which will include 400 television cameras, 150 video recorders, 30 mobile production units and 700 running-commentary units.

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC)
The main venue for broadcasters will be the 32,000m² IBC, which will receive the images of the Games via fibre optic cables. The images will be transmitted in a digital format and transferred at speeds reaching 270 million bytes per second. However, certain events will be produced in high definition and this will mean an astonishing 1.5 billion bytes per second will be transferred along the fibre optic cables. This should ensure that the rights-holding broadcasters will be able to give the global viewing public the best pictures, in the best quality, from, potentially, one of the best seats in the house.

Torino Olympic Broadcasting Organisation
TOBO is a division of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Turin 2006 (TOROC). It is in charge of producing and distributing the radio and television signals for the 2006 Games. TOBO is also in charge of planning and organising the International Broadcast Centre, the coordination and supply of equipment and services to rights-holders at the competition venues and the IBC, the liaison between rights-holders and TOROC, and is the creator of an archive of Games images from Torino 2006. These images will then be managed by the Olympic Television Archive Bureau (OTAB:, the IOC’s official Olympic television archive.

Seventy broadcasters in attendance
Over 160 representatives of 70 rights-holding television and radio broadcasters attended the four days of meetings that made up the Second World Broadcaster meeting. All the major rights-holding broadcaster groups were represented, such as NBC (USA), CBC (Canada), EBU (Europe), ABU (Asia), Channel 7 (Australia), the Korea Pool, JC (Japan), OTI (South America) and TVNZ (New Zealand). The meetings, which were led by the TOBO’s General Manager, Manolo Romero, and Executive Manager, Vittoro Arrigoni, covered several topics including a general overview of the status of TOBO’s preparations for the Games and details concerning operating conditions during both the pre-Games and Games-time periods.
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