Olympic Broadcasting Services

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Olympic Broadcasting Services covering the men's 10 kilometre marathon swim at the 2012 Olympic Games

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) is an agency of the International Olympic Committee, established in 2001 to be responsible for host broadcasting - the world feeds provided to all international broadcasters of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games from 2008 on, and provide continuity in Olympic coverage from one Games to the next. Previously the host broadcaster role was delegated to the local organising committees or to third-party broadcasters.


Beijing 2008[edit]

Its operations began with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where Beijing Olympic Broadcasting, a joint venture between OBS and the Beijing Organizing Committee, acted as the host broadcasting consortium and the state television network, China Central Television which is one of the host nation broadcasters of the games.

Vancouver 2010[edit]

For the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a wholly owned division, Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver, was set up. The executive director of OBSV is Nancy Lee, a former producer and executive for CBC Sports. The 2010 Olympics marked the first games where the host broadcasting facilities was provided solely by OBS.[1] The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were broadcast by the OBS.[2]

London 2012[edit]

It is speculated that in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, an extra ring of security was put around the trailer of Danny Boyle (the ceremony director) following "friction" between his crew and Olympic Broadcasting Services. The home nation broadcaster was the BBC with Olympics specials. [3]

Rio 2016[edit]

It is speculated that at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Rede Globo, Rede Record and Rede Bandeirantes will be responsible for generating the international radio and TV signal.


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100120040058/http://www.obsv.ca/obsintroduction.html. Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20100918003722/http://obs.es/obslondon2012.html. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/18/olympic-opening-ceremony-drama?newsfeed=true

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