Olympics deal threat to BBC

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Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The BBC is facing the prospect of losing some or all of its coverage of the Olympics from 2022 after Eurosport and parent company Discovery secured a 1.3billion euro (£920million) rights deal.

The BBC had 2,500 hours of live coverage from the London 2012 Games and 650 hours from the Sochi Winter Olympics last year but the days of its wall-to-wall coverage could be numbered.

Eurosport has committed to broadcasting only 200 hours of summer Olympics and 100 hours of winter Games on free-to-air television and says in many territories it will sub-license these back to a terrestrial broadcaster – possibly but not necessarily the BBC.

Announcing the new TV deal, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said: “This is a significant agreement for Discovery and the IOC, and we are excited to have Eurosport, the pan-European home of Olympic sports, as a partner.

“This agreement ensures comprehensive coverage of the Olympic Games across Europe, including the guarantee to provide extensive free-to-air television coverage in all territories.

“The revenue generated from this long-term partnership will be redistributed by the IOC across the Olympic movement to support the development of sport around the world.”

Published: Monday 29th June 2015 by The News Editor

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