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Read this: Discovery snatches Olympic Games rights

Summary: The BBC will lose control over the TV rights to the Olympic Games from 2022 after Discovery struck a €1.3bn (£920m) deal to broadcast the event across 50 European territories.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that the US broadcasting giant has landed the exclusive TV and online rights to the Olympics and Winter Olympics across Europe from 2018 to 2024.Rights in the UK are handled on a different timetable to some of Europe, meaning the BBC will not be impacted until the Winter Olympics in 2022. It holds exclusive UK rights to the Games up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 under a deal it struck with the IOC in 2012.As part of Discovery’s deal, it has committed to broadcasting a minimum of 200 hours of the summer Games and 100 hours of the winter Games on free-to-air television.Discovery could choose to do this in the UK by launching a free-to-air Eurosport channel, putting the rights on its existing Freeview station Quest or sub-licencing the Games to another broadcaster.- www.broadcastnow.co.uk

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