The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that CBC/Radio-Canada has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in Canada for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are pleased that we will continue to work with the team at CBC/Radio-Canada who have demonstrated their support for the Olympic values over many years. In addition, the financial support that CBC/Radio-Canada has committed as part of this agreement will be re-distributed by the IOC to support sport in Canada and around the world, as well as supporting future organisers of the Olympic Games.”
Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada said: “Today we are fulfilling a promise made in our strategic plan to take a leadership role in broadcasting the Olympic Games to all Canadians, when, where and how they want. As Canada’s public broadcaster, we have a proud history of supporting and promoting our amateur athletes and helping to share their stories. The Sochi Winter Games of 2014 were the most watched in history. I am excited to think about what will be possible in 2018 and 2020 when, together, with our partners at Bell Media and Rogers Media, we will bring our athletes closer to home more than ever before.”
IOC member Gerardo Werthein, a member of the IOC’s TV Rights and New Media Commission, said: “Both the IOC and our host broadcast organisation, Olympic Broadcast Services, have an excellent working relationship with CBC/Radio-Canada, and we look forward to continuing this until 2020.”
CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone in all languages. The agreement also includes the right to broadcast all editions of the Youth Olympic Games until 2020.
The IOC has an existing agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada to broadcast the Olympic Games Rio 2016: http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-awards-2014-and-2016-olympic-games-broadcast-rights-in-canada/170309. (pr)