ESPN International to air the London 2012 Olympic Games LIVE Throughout South America
24/7 Television Coverage in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
ESPN International will air over 1700 event hours of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Portuguese and Spanish throughout South America. With one of the widest, multichannel coverage plans ever of the Olympic Games in the region, ESPN will dedicate six networks—at least three per country—to fulltime, high definition coverage of London 2012 in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
This is the fifth time that ESPN Brazil, and the first time that ESPN in Spanish-speaking Latin America, will air the Olympic Games.
“ESPN is proud to bring the Olympic Games, the greatest gathering of athletes in the world, to fans,” said Tim Bunnell, senior vice president of production, programming and marketing, ESPN International. “Our ability to dedicate multiple networks in-region to London 2012 is truly exceptional. Our signature team of journalists and correspondents, many of whom have covered numerous Olympic Games, are sure to make it one of the most memorable and rewarding Olympic Games of recent times.”
Daily event coverage on ESPN networks will be tailored to athletes and competitions of the most regional and national importance. ESPN will complement its event broadcasts with daily London 2012 highlights and recaps on special editions of SportsCenter and Olympics-themed studio programming originating in London.
A renowned team of journalists, along with special correspondents and expert production staff, will call ESPN International’s three London studios home for the duration of the event.
ESPN Brazil’s team of journalists includes Marcelo Duarte, André Kfouri, Helvidio Mattos, Joao Palomino, André Plihal, and Jose Trajano.
ESPN Brazil’s special correspondents and Olympic Games medalists include: Wlamir Marques (basketball, bronze Rome 1960 and bronze Tokyo 1964) and Ana Moser (volleyball: bronze Atlanta 1996).
ESPN’s Spanish-speaking South America team of journalists includes: Pablo Ferreira, Tito Puccetti, Miguel Simon, Juan Yankilevich and Quique Wolff. Wolff, a former international football star from Argentina, will be a torchbearer on June 16 in Newcastle, England.
The Spanish-speaking South America special correspondents and Olympic Games medalists joining the ESPN team for London 2012 will be announced soon.
ESPN International is a division of ESPN, Inc., which has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 48 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in over 200 countries and territories across all seven continents. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management. The company and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, Mumbai, New York City, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taiwan, and Toronto. Since 1983, ESPN (originally founded in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1979) has been growing around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication.