Amazon interested in Australian Olympics rights

Amazon’s Prime Video head for Australia make a play for the broadcast rights for the Olympics in the market. In comments given to The Sydney Morning Herald, Prime Video Australia boss Tyler Bern indicated that Amazon is considering bidding for the Olympics at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) next rights tender later this year.  The […]

Tokyo Olympics chief refuses to rule out cancelling games on eve of event 

Days ahead of the Olympics, the boss of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee has not ruled out cancelling the games. Speaking at a press conference, committee chief Toshiro Muto said that “We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases,” and that the body will keep an eye on infection numbers.  While Japan […]

Tokyo governor confident that delayed Olympics will go ahead in Summer 2021

Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike has voiced confidence that the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead next year. The Olympic Games were officially delayed in March and later given a new schedule of July 23-August 8 2021. However, even though we are a little under a year from the new date, fears are mounting over […]

Sports bodies call on US to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy priority list

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA and a range of US sports bodies have called on the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its priority watchlist on the eve of a review into the Kingdom’s piracy activities.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is currently holding public hearings in its annual review […]

Olympics reports ‘record-breaking media coverage’

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hailed “record-breaking media coverage” and “unprecedented levels of engagement” at this summer’s Rio Games. The IOC said that there was nearly 350,000 total hours of Olympics coverage this year, up from less than 200,000 hours for London 2012, with more than 500 TV channels and 250 digital platforms carrying the […]

New Olympics digital platform goes live

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) new digital service has launched online and as an app for Android and iOS devices. The Olympic Channel, which the IOC unveiled details of in July, launches with content from around the world including original shows, news and highlights. “The launch of Olympic Channel is a key milestone for the Olympic […]

BeIN Media signs Olympics deal with IOC

Middle East free and pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media Group has formalised its deal with the International Olympic Committee to be the exclusive broadcaster in the MENA region for the next four Olympic Games, starting with the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The pair have formally signed a deal agreed last year that see […]

Discovery secures exclusive rights to Olympics in Europe

The International Olympic Committee has awarded all TV and multiplatform broadcasting rights across Europe to Discovery Communications for the 2018-24 period in a €1.3 billion deal, the first time a single company has been awarded all rights on an exclusive basis. “This is an exciting day for the IOC,” said Thomas Bach, president of the […]

Olympic Committee approves TV channel plan

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved plans to launch an Olympic TV channel as part of its strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. The TV channel was one of 40 recommendations as part of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco. Each of the 40 recommendations […]