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Jul 12, 2016

Channel 5 to Broadcast 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is coming up in August and aficionados are eagerly anticipating the games.  Today, Great Belize Productions/Channel Five struck an agreement with the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees, CANOC, to broadcast the upcoming games.  The rights to air the games succeeds an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to produce regional programming aimed at highlighting Caribbean athletes.  The feed will be managed by CANOC, but the programming will be produced and executed by ESPN.  This morning, News Five spoke with C.E.O. Larry Romany, who explained the concept behind the specialized Olympic coverage.


Larry Romany

Larry Romany, C.E.O., CANOC Broadcasting Inc.

“For the last seventeen years the Caribbean Olympic Committee has been trying to get the IOC to grant them the rights.  This is the first time that the IOC has granted rights to a non-broadcast company and the reason that we wanted these rights is that in the past when broadcasters get rights, none of the revenues derived from these rights go back to the athletes or go back to the NOCs.  What we have done is that we have purchased these rights and we have contracted ESPN to produce the show in Rio using our on-air talent, using our analysts, et cetera, and it is being sent out to all the Caribbean for them to see it.  Now Channel Five is one of the channels within Belize that we have an agreement with to show these games.  The games we would produce twelve hours a day for the seventeen days and we will specifically follow Caribbean athletes.  So just like the BBC follows British athletes, just like when they come out of the tunnel you see a reporter speaking to a British athlete, what you would see when a Belizean comes out of the tunnel or the Jamaican comes out of the tunnel or the Trinidadian, you will see the reporter speaking to them specifically, asking them about their experience so that we’re focusing primarily on Caribbean athletes using the same feed that everybody uses at the end of the day.”

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