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Glasgow 2014 award rights to SKY Network Television for New Zealand and Pacific Islands coverage

Glasgow 2014 today (July 22, 2013) ensured yet more sports fans across the globe will have the opportunity to become immersed in the Games with the appointment of SKY Network Television Limited as the New Zealand and Pacific Islands broadcast rights holder.

SKY Network Television will provide extensive coverage, including six channels of action in HD/SD, as well as news and daily highlights across its digital platforms, via Pay TV and free-to-air to offer comprehensive coverage for New Zealand viewers.

Additionally and by way of fulfilling its responsibility of being the official broadcaster for the Pacific Islands as well as New Zealand, SKY Network Television will produce a daily highlights package which will include coverage of competitors from the Pacific Islands which they will distribute to each of the Pacific Islands.

This latest agreement complements the existing broadcast deals for next year’s Commonwealth Games and provides further proof of the strong appeal of Glasgow 2014 across the world.

Glasgow 2014 will be the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted and around 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will take part in the Games with 17 sports on show across the 11 days of competition.

It is anticipated that a total audience of 1.5 billion worldwide will experience Glasgow 2014’s sports action and Opening and Closing Ceremonies through a range of international television and radio channels – creating a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to engage and inspire young people across the globe.

The sale of broadcast right packages worldwide is a part of Glasgow 2014’s commercial programme which aims to raise around £100million in revenue through licensing, merchandise and ticketing.

Announcing the agreement with SKY Network Television, Glasgow 2014’s Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:

“The spectacle and wonder of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has the ability to inspire tens of millions of young people worldwide and SKY Network Television Limited will help us to share the sporting achievements of the thousands of great athletes coming to compete in Scotland.

“It is pleasing to see that the Pacific Islands is well catered for in this agreement as well as New Zealand. There is a huge appetite for sports fans of all the competing nations and territories to follow their athletes in action as they each bid for personal success at Glasgow 2014.”

SKY Network Television Limited CEO John Fellet said:

“We’re delighted to have the privilege of bringing this incredible event in high definition across multiple channels to Kiwi’s next year. We have a really talented team who I’m sure will do a superb job of producing this event, including providing footage for our friends in the Pacific Islands. New Zealand’s cycling team did exceptionally well during the last Commonwealth Games, I can’t wait to see how the cycling team performs next year in Glasgow. ”

Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said:

“I welcome this agreement with Sky Network Television and appreciate their support for the Commonwealth Games. New Zealand has a long history and tradition of achievement at the Commonwealth Games, which I’m sure will continue at the 2014 Games. Thanks to Sky Network Television all New Zealanders will have the opportunity to follow and cheer on their athletes.”

Notes to Editors

1.    The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 250 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2.    Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Virgin Media, BP, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, EY, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, Cisco, NVT Group, RGS, Trespass, Riedel and Ticketmaster.

3.    Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.

4.    Glasgow 2014 owns all television and broadcast and marketing rights pertaining to the event, including all national and international product categories. Key television and radio broadcast markets are expected to be Britain, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Asia and New Zealand.

5.    London-based international sports rights agency Fast Track has been tasked with representing the sale of the Games' international broadcast rights to key global markets.

6.    Glasgow 2014 has previously confirmed deals with the BBC for the UK, Network Ten for Australia, the Dubai-based TAJ TV for the sub-continent of India, SuperSport for throughout Africa and the Asia Broadcasting Union within Asia.

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