Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Director General relays EBU's Olympic fervour in London

EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre has celebrated the EBU's historical ties to the Olympic Games by running a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay, in London.

Ms Deltenre carried the Olympic Flame through Wandsworth, where the streets were lined by tens of thousands of cheering Londoners.

Among the 40 people who carried the iconic beacon through the south London borough on Monday (July 23) were former British tennis star Tim Henman and England footballer Michael Owen.

After her run Ms Deltenre said she felt exhilarated to be part of such a historic event.

She said: "The excitement on the streets of this unique city is palpable with just days to go until the Games open. Participating in the Torch Relay was a great honour for me, and something I will never forget."

The EBU, which has worked with the International Olympic Committee since 1956, has a large team in London ready to bring European viewers more live Olympic and Paralympic coverage on television, radio and online than ever before.

The EBU and its Members have taken over a square kilometre of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), to run 12 simultaneous multilateral transmissions and three unilateral feeds for up to 13 hours a day for the duration of the Games.

In addition, the EBU is providing reporters, commentators and technical staff working for its Member broadcasters with the space, equipment and logistical support they need in London to cover the Games for their home nations.

(Source : European Broadcasting Union)

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