IOC awards 2014-2016 broadcast rights in New Zealand and Pacific Island Territories
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded SKY Network Television Ltd the right to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
SKY has acquired the broadcast rights on all media platforms in the following territories:
New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "The IOC is delighted to have reached this agreement with SKY. With 13 medals, the New Zealand Olympic team enjoyed one of its strongest ever performances at London 2012. We look forward to working with SKY to ensure that fans in the region will enjoy fantastic broadcast coverage of their athletes competing in Sochi and Rio."
IOC Finance Commission Chairman Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said, "We worked very successfully with SKY for the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games, and therefore are pleased that we are able to continue our partnership. SKY will deliver extensive coverage on its platforms in New Zealand, including free-to-air coverage, whilst also ensuring that coverage is available in neighbouring territories in the Pacific Islands."
Richard Last, SKY's Director of Sport said: "It's massively rewarding to announce SKY Sport will be screening the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Our customers love watching worldwide sporting events and it doesn't get any bigger than the Olympics."