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RTÉ Sport confirms deal to broadcast Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Updated: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 12:33 | Comments

RTÉ will cover the Games across television, radio, online and mobile
RTÉ will cover the Games across television, radio, online and mobile

RTÉ Sport has secured extensive broadcast rights to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on television, radio, online and mobile.

The deal includes broadcast rights for both live broadcasts and highlights coverage.

Rio 2016 will be the 14th Olympic Games to be broadcast on Irish television. The first Olympics to be shown on Irish television were the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, with RTÉ being one of only 40 countries worldwide to show the event.

"We are looking forward to being able to bring the Irish public a wide-ranging level of Olympic coverage across all our platforms" - Ryle Nugent

RTÉ head of Sport Ryle Nugent said: "Building on from the success of RTÉ’s comprehensive coverage of the London 2012 games, we are looking forward to being able to bring the Irish public a wide-ranging level of Olympic coverage across all our platforms once again.

"The London 2012 Olympics really captured the Irish public’s hearts and minds, with hugely successful performances by a number of our athletes.

"We hope that these achievements will continue to grow as we look forward to Rio 2016.

"Whilst in line with our commitment to reduce our sports rights budget, this deal represents a significant investment by RTÉ, particularly in the current economic climate.

"As the national public service broadcaster, we are proud to provide free-to-air coverage of such a major international event, featuring Irish competitors alongside some of the best athletes in the world, and we feel that it is a key part of our public service remit.”

As part of the agreement, RTÉ has also made a commitment to broadcast coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics on RTÉ News Now, which will feature live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as a daily highlights programme.

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