Significant increase in broadcast coverage expected for UCI Road World Championships

first_imgThe International Cycling Union (UCI) and its marketing partner Infront Sports & Media have issued a release stating that together the organisations ‘will achieve an unprecedented level of television broadcast coverage for the upcoming UCI Road World Championships – to be held in Florence, Italy, between 22 and 29 September 2013.’The number of license holders as well as guaranteed broadcast visibility is higher than for any previous event held in the past. Overall, the event is to be featured across Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia.The two partners have licensed international media rights for the event to around 30 television networks, increasing exposure through both free and pay TV coverage. In addition, the Championships will be featured in new territories for the first time including Al Jazeera (Middle East), Charlton (Israel) and Direct TV (South America).In established markets, the successful rights distribution has increased the opportunity for fans and viewers to access the coverage from a more extensive range of channel options. For example In France, the event will be with both BeIN Sport and France TV. Across Scandinavia and the Baltics, the Viasat Group will broadcast on its free and pay platforms.Long standing public broadcast partners continue to show support including in Belgium VRT and RTBF, BBC in the UK, NOS in Netherlands, Rai in Italy and SRG in Switzerland. Further European broadcasters include RTV Slovenia, Sport 1 Hungary, Czech TV in the Czech Republic, Polsat in Poland and Slovak TV in Slovakia.Elsewhere the event will be taken by Universal Sports in the US, NHK in Japan, CCTV in China, Eurosport Asia Pacific (Pan Asia), Supersport in Africa and Globosat in Brazil. In addition to Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, French language channel RDS will broadcast for the first time. Contracts for worldwide news access have also been closed (SNTV and Perform).A combination of live and highlights will also be available on the UCI’s Official You Tube channel, depending on each territory’s broadcast commitment.‘A high appeal television product’In addition to media rights distribution, Infront is also handling the media production of the event, ‘guaranteeing a high-level HDTV signal to broadcasters worldwide.’ More than 150 staff will ‘guarantee smooth operations with over 30 cameras covering the cycling action from the air and on the road.’Support is also provided for the broadcaster’s unilateral production along with transmission and commentary facilities. This year, more than 300 accreditations for broadcast teams have been registered, which is also a first in the history of the event.In welcoming the continued collaboration with Infront, current UCI President Pat McQuaid underlined the advantage of working with one entity for media rights distribution, production and related services: “Thanks to Infront’s experience in global sports rights distribution and its extensive network, the UCI Road World Championships will be accessible to more fans in both new and established territories,” he said.“This is leading the way for other cycling disciplines as well as demonstrating the sustained and ever growing global interest in the sport.”Stephan Herth, Infront’s Executive Director Summer Sports, added “The UCI Road World Championships has never been more accessible to fans than it is today. Broadcasters are acknowledging the heritage and future potential of the sport along with the global fan community now benefitting from coverage worldwide. Depending on each market’s media landscape and cycling tradition and by working on a territory by territory approach, UCI and Infront have very closely worked together to select the best possible broadcast outlet for the event in each region.”www.uci.chwww.infrontsports.com Relatedlast_img read more

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United Nations increasing humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti

first_img Tweet NewsRegional United Nations increasing humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti by: – August 28, 2012 Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Flooding in Port-au-Prince (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)The United Nations is ramping up its humanitarian relief efforts following Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm, which departed from Haiti this weekend, continued to pose flooding risks and reportedly killed at least 19 people across the country. “In support of the government’s coordination mechanisms, and depending on the scope of the needs, the humanitarian community is ready to provide further assistance for the distribution of potable water, Aquatabs, non-food and food items, theraputic nutrition supply, hygiene kits and cholera response kits, among others,” the UN said in a release. The UN said Haiti’s government was being “closely assisted” by UN groups such as the UN Development Programme. It has already been providing stocks of food and drinking water to centres for evacuees in Haiti’s West, South East, Grand’Anse and Artibonite departments. The West and southeastern departments of Haiti are reportedly those most significantly affected by Isaac.UNICEF is also working with Haiti’s Child Protection agency to staff its call centre for vulnerable children, the world body said. Caribbean Journal Sharelast_img read more

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West Brom snap up Australian defender Davidson

first_img1 Jason Davidson in action for Australia at the World Cup West Brom have made their seventh summer signing, with Australian defender Jason Davidson the latest Baggies recruit.The 23-year-old left-back has joined Alan Irvine’s side from Dutch top-flight club Heracles Almelo for an undisclosed fee.Davidson, who played in all three of Australia’s matches at the World Cup in Brazil, has penned a two-year deal, with the club holding an option to extend it for a further year.He follows Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Brown Ideye, Sebastien Pocognoli and Andre Wisdom in moving to the Hawthorns this summer.“I’m delighted we’ve been able to complete a deal for Jason. He had a fantastic World Cup when he performed very well against three top teams,” said West Brom manager Irvine.“Jason is a good defender who has lots of energy, gets forward well and will give us competition for places at left-back with Sebastien Pocognoli.“Due to contractual issues with his former club, there’s been a delay in Jason coming. This means he hasn’t trained properly since the World Cup so he’s going to need a little bit of time to catch up before we can expect him to perform at the levels he’s capable of.“I spoke to Tim Cahill about Jason and he recommended him very, very highly both as a player and character. Tim sees him as a young player who will do extremely well in England and develop even further.”last_img read more

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