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BBC acquires broadcasting rights to next four Olympics

BBC acquires broadcasting rights to next four Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) the exclusive broadcast rights in the United Kingdom to its next five events.

This includes the 2012 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Also included are rights to the XXXII Summer Olympiad in 2020, which have yet to be awarded to a host city.

The BBC has acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including internet and mobile.

IOC president, Jacques Rogge, said: “As the host of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the birthplace of many Olympic sports, the UK is a very important nation for the Olympic Movement.

“The BBC is a world-renowned media organisation with which we are proud to have worked for many decades, including for the upcoming Olympic Games. 

“We are delighted that the BBC will continue as our partner beyond London 2012, providing fantastic free coverage of the Olympic Games to the widest possible audience in the UK across a variety of media platforms.”
he 2020 Olympic Games host city vote will take place at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September 2013

BBC director-general Mark Thompson said: “I am delighted that the Olympic Games will continue to be broadcast exclusively on the BBC into the 2020’s.

“It’s terrific news in the days before BBC Sport begins to cover the London 2012 Games and a tribute to the enduring partnership between the BBC and the Olympic Movement.”