Originally Posted by mrvideo
I must have missed things over the years. I thought that the country that got to do the Olympics were the host broadcasters, in this case the BBC, as they won the host country broadcast rights.
No - that hasn't been the case for a number of year - the events are just too big for a single broadcaster to cover in most countries.
OBS - Olympic Broadcasting Services - are the official host broadcasters. The London OBS operation has recruited a number of key personnel from the BBC though. London 2012 is the first games OBS have been properly recognised as host, but in reality it has been the case for a while. For many games for decades (particularly in smaller countries like Greece or Australia with relatively small domestic TV broadcast operations) overseas broadcasters (usually public service broadcasters) have provided assistance. Loads of European production facilities were shipped out to Beijing 4 years ago for instance.
The BBC are London 2012 domestic rights holders, and are also producing the host feeds for the rowing, tennis (well it is at Wimbledon), boxing and football (well we do quite a lot of that as well) for OBS.
YLE and SVT are producing the host feeds for the Athletics and Ceremonies - as they also did 4 years ago in Beijing. Both YLE and SVT are strong, high quality public service broadcasters who have expertise in covering Athletics - as it is popular domestically and there are major competitions in Helsinki, Stockholm, Gothenburg etc.
CCTV of China are host broadcasters for the gymnastics, NOS of the Netherlands the road racing and marathon. OBS have also put together their own teams for a large number of events.
has more details (Though it is from January before the announcement of the number of Red Button streams increasing from 5 SD to 24HD and 24SD)
(The BBC were host broadcasters for the rowing in Beijing, and the Tennis in Barcelona in '92 - as well as Bob/Luge at the Winters in '94 and I think '98)
So, how can Finland be host broadcasters, as well as Sweden?
Because OBS has asked them to, they are able to, are respected and have experience, and because they did a decent job 4 years ago in Beijing I guess? Loads of countries get involved - Finland, Sweden, Korea, Japan, Spain, Netherlands, Slovakia, Greece, Belgium - and even Cuba (yep - the non-Beach Volleyball coverage is host produced by Cuban TV) Some of these countries/broadcasters also did stuff in Beijing - though it's not entirely the same.
So, who were the producing countries for swimming/diving/gymnastics?
Swimming and Diving are OBS produced (i.e. OBS have sourced a production team and facilities of their own). I think in Beijing the Australian rights holders may have been involved, but I think the rights may have changed hands, meaning that expertise wasn't available?
Gymnastics, as I mentioned, CCTV of China.
Color me confused.
It's a common misconception that the domestic rights holder also provides the coverage. These days that is simply impossible - there's too much for any single broadcaster to have enough in-house talent to cover. Most modern high profile sporting events - World Cup, European Cup, Formula 1 - have moved to the model of a single host broadcaster. That way you can guarantee quality irrespective of the quality of the host country's broadcast rights holders.
The BBC commentary teams have been slightly critical of some of the host coverage of London 2012 - reminding people that the BBC are NOT producing the feeds...