Olympics

The Chinese Olympic Committee has signed an eight-year partnership with Tencent under which the internet service portal will provide exclusive interviews with the country’s athletes at 20 major events.

Portuguese public-service broadcaster RTP has acquired free-to-air rights for the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Expresso.sapo.pt news website.

Canoc Broadcasting Inc. (CBI), a company that has been formed by sports bodies in the Caribbean for handling media rights for major properties, has acquired media rights for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pan-Nordic media company Modern Times Group’s Viasat pay-television channels will retain exclusive rights in Sweden for the 2014 winter Olympic Games after public-service broadcaster SVT and commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV4 failed to agree sub-licensing deals for the event in Sochi, Russia.

Several Malaysian broadcasters may team up to make an offer to the Dentsu agency for the rights to the 2016 summer Olympic Games, according to national newspaper the Star.

Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset is close to acquiring free-to-air rights to the Sochi 2014 winter Olympic Games in a sub-licensing agreement with pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

Portuguese pay-television broadcaster Sport TV has acquired the pay-television rights in Portugal to the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Russian state broadcaster VGTRK has announced that its free-to-air channel Russia 2 will be dedicated solely to the 2014 winter Olympic Games during the duration of next year’s event in Sochi.

Richard Carrión, the International Olympic Committee’s chief negotiator of broadcast deals outside Europe, has announced his resignation from the body following his failed bid for the presidency.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has retained media rights for the Olympic Games in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

The Sportfive agency has announced the opening of the sales process for home video rights to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in 40 territories across Europe.

US network NBC will show the majority of its television coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on a tape-delayed basis despite the criticism it received for employing a similar strategy for the London 2012 Olympics.

US media company NBCUniversal has sold a record $800m (€600m) in advertising for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, according to the AdAge.com website.

The award of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo has led to all three Australian commercial broadcasters re-entering the race for the country’s next Olympic rights package, according to The Australian newspaper.