IAAF appoints host broadcasters for Moscow 2013

05 October 2012 | Posted in Broadcast, Athletics, Global, | By David Cushnan

Eurovision and one of its members, Russian state broadcaster VGTRK, have been appointed as host broadcasters for the next IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow next year.

Eurovision, through its subsdiaury Eurovision Production Coordination, and VGTRK will be responsible for all host broadcast services, including the global world feed, additional feeds and a daily highlights programme.

IAAF president Lamine Diack said: "We are determined to continue the tremendous success of athletics at the Olympics at the next edition of our flagship competition, and we believe that the provision of state of the art television images from Moscow is a crucial part in achieving success."

Diack added: "We believe that the experience and know-how of EPC at covering major events, together with the local expertise of VGTRK, will add great value to our Moscow production. In co-operation with our colleagues in Russia, we are looking forward to working with these partners to deliver an exciting, attractive experience for billions of viewers all over the world."

The announcement deepens the relationship between the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which operates Eurovision, and the IAAF, world athletics' governing body. In November last year the IAAF hired the EBU as its media rights partner for Europe and Africa from 2014 to 2017.

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