BBC loses the rights to the Olympics
Consider the Olympics and you will possible keep in mind catching some motion on the BBC. The Beeb has helped televise the Video games since 1948 and delivered extra protection than ever earlier than in 2012, however from 2020, it might not be concerned. The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced at this time that it has struck a £922 million cope with Discovery for the rights to the 2018-2024 Summer time and Winter Video games, which means Eurosport will turn into the default place for all issues Olympics associated.
Eurosport at present enjoys a joint settlement with the BBC, which lets them each broadcast on TV and by way of cellular units. The UK broadcaster has already secured entry to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Video games, but when it needs to ship footage of the 2022 Winter Olympics and past, then it should negotiate with Discovery to sub-license a number of the rights. Don’t be concerned although: as a part of its cope with the IOC, Eurosport has assured to offer “in depth free-to-air tv protection in all territories.”
It is one other blow for the BBC, which has seen various excessive-profile sporting occasions, together with golf’s British Open Championship and a big share of Method 1 protection, stolen away in recent times. For many years, it is marketed itself because the UK residence of the Olympics, however within the coming years it will not have the ability to do this. For Discovery, it alerts its intent to ship extra of the world’s largest sporting occasions. After buying Eurosport in Might 2014, the corporate sought to enter the bidding for Premier League TV rights, however ended up leaving Sky and BT to spend a report £5.14 billion to ship reside protection from now till the 2018/19 season.
Replace: The BBC has issued a press release confirming that it’ll converse with Discovery with regard to a sub-licencing settlement:
The Olympic Video games stays a precedence for the BBC and we’ve have already secured the TV, radio and on-line rights to the subsequent three Olympic Video games – 2016, 2018 and 2020. Greater than ninety % of the UK inhabitants watched the BBC’s protection of London 2012 and it stays probably the most well-liked free-to-air sporting occasions for UK viewers. lt is just not unprecedented for sports activities rights to be bought on a pan-territory foundation and the BBC has acquired different sports activities rights by way of sub-licensing offers by way of both businesses or broadcasters. We shall be in search of additional discussions with Discovery concerning the UK free-to-air rights to the 2022 and 2024 Olympic Video games sooner or later.
[Picture credit score: IOC, Flickr]