August 6, 2007

IOC Awards Broadcast Rights in Hong Kong to i-CABLE


The following statement is issued by the International Olympic Committee:

(Hong Kong - August 6, 2007) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today (Monday) announced an agreement with i-CABLE Sports Limited, a subsidiary of i-CABLE Communications Limited, for the exclusive internet and mobile platform exhibition broadcast rights within the territory of Hong Kong for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. i-CABLE have also acquired the exclusive Broadcast and Exhibition rights across all media platforms for the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012 within the territory of Hong Kong.

The IOC assessed i-CABLE on their capacity to reach the broadest possible audience on a variety of broadcast platforms and their commitment to promoting the Olympic Games and the values of the Olympic Movement. i-CABLE also demonstrated a clear ability to meet the highest standards in internet and broadcast quality and security.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said, "Our aim is to ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy the Olympic Games on all broadcast platforms and we look forward to working closely with i-CABLE to make this possible in Hong Kong."

IOC Executive Board member Richard Carriāun, who led the negotiations, said,"The IOC is happy to announce this agreement with i-CABLE, who will be an important partner of the IOC, especially as some of the events at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will take place in Hong Kong. In addition, as a result of this deal there will be comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in a variety of platforms in Hong Kong. i-CABLE has demonstrated a passion for the Olympic Games and the values of the Olympic Movement and a clear commitment to offer increased multi-platform coverage of the Games to sports fans across Hong Kong."

Chairman of i-CABLE, Mr Stephen Ng, said, "As a leading communications company in Hong Kong, we are proud to be associated with the world's most prestigious sporting event. We will provide unprecedented coverage of the Olympics both in terms of breadth and depth. The award of exclusive Olympics rights was recognition of the Company's efforts in promoting sports in the territory. We are confident that we will uphold the values of the Olympic Movement, we will bring the Olympic Games to the people of Hong Kong on a scale unprecedented in the territory via our various programming and technology platforms."

About the International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), created in 1894, is a non-governmental organisation with volunteer members who represent its work around the world, and an administrative staff based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC and its 203 National Olympic Committees worldwide promote the Olympic Movement, whose vision is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport. In addition to selecting the host city and coordinating the staging of the Olympic Games, the IOC and NOCs collaborate with a range of organisations and their members in the public and private sectors to place sport at the service of society. The main goal of the IOC is to promote the values of Olympism, which include excellence, friendship and respect.

About i-CABLE Sports Limited
A sports content production and distribution subsidiary of i-CABLE Communications Limited. i-CABLE Sports specialises in the production of sports programmes, inclusive of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Asian Games as well as leading European football tournaments. Programmes produced by the company and carried on i-CABLE's Pay TV platform have won wide acclaim and following in Hong Kong for years.

i-CABLE Communications Limited is Hong Kong's leading integrated communications company. It is one of the largest producers of video, film and multimedia content, for distribution around the world over conventional and new media. At the same time, it owns and operates one of two near universal broadband telecommunications networks in Hong Kong, over which it provides Pay TV, Broadband and Voice services to well over one million subscribing households and businesses.

Please note: Over the air broadcast rights for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were acquired by Asia Television Limited and Television Broadcasts Limited through the Asian Broadcasting Union.

 


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