SINGAPORE: Broadcaster Mediacorp on Friday (Jul 22) announced plans to bring the best of Rio 2016 Olympic Games to its Singapore audience with free coverage on multiple platforms including digital, television, radio and print.
In a media statement, Mediacorp said it would present a raft of dedicated programmes and digital initiatives providing free coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on multiple platforms. This includes sporting highlights, delayed telecast of up to 12 hours of games coverage daily and up-to-the-minute news coverage of Team Singapore’s participation in the Games.
Between Aug 7 and Aug 21, Mediacorp will broadcast daily highlights and telecast of the Games (delayed) on okto, its designated channel for sports content, and Toggle, its over-the-top service platform. Of the three daily highlights shows, two will showcase highlights of the games in general while the third is a half-hour programme produced by Mediacorp with a special focus on Team Singapore athletes in Rio. The daily coverage of the Games will include Team Singapore’s events. All daily highlights are available for catch-up on Toggle.
In addition, Mediacorp will telecast live from Rio the opening and closing ceremonies on Aug 6 and Aug 22 respectively (Singapore time).
In the run-up to the Olympic Games, a special documentary series, ‘Countdown to Rio’, will be aired on okto, which focuses primarily on Team Singapore athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.
Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO of Mediacorp said: "The market for sports coverage rights has been very competitive over the last several years. At Mediacorp we are doing our very best to bring Singaporeans the best of Rio 2016 across our range of platforms including breaking news, curated highlights and inspiring features and documentaries. Naturally we will have a special focus on Singapore athletes – every one of them competing in the Games has worked so hard to get there and through our coverage, we hope to rally all Singaporeans behind their endeavours."
Olympic reports will also be carried on Channel NewsAsia, Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham in their breakfast shows and daily news programmes.
There will be pages dedicated to Games coverage in TODAY newspaper, and all Mediacorp radio stations will provide regular updates of the Games throughout the day in the four official languages.