Sky Television has been awarded the broadcast rights for New Zealand for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazi, in 2016, and for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, next year.
The rights were awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and mean Sky can broadcast on all media platforms in 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.”
Negotiations were led by IOC Finance Commission Chairman Richard Carrión. “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,” he said.
“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.”