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At Tokyo 2020, ABC won't have live Olympic Games radio coverage for first time since 1952

ABC News logo ABC News 11/11/2019 3:43:00

A general view of Olympic Rings outside The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA ImagesA general view of Olympic Rings outside The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images) For the first time since 1952, the ABC will not have a live radio broadcast of the Olympic Games, with the national broadcaster opting against buying the non-commercial radio rights for Tokyo 2020.

Citing "budget pressures and the changing broadcast environment", the ABC said the decision was made due to the cost of covering the Games.

"This is an incredibly tough decision, especially given our 67-year run as the official non-commercial Olympic Games radio broadcaster," the ABC said in a statement.

"Due to competing budget priorities coupled with the fact that Australians can access Olympic Games coverage in many other ways, we have chosen not to pursue rights in 2020."

The ABC's statement made clear ABC News and ABC Grandstand would still be providing daily updates throughout the Games.

ABC radio caller Alister Nicholson said he felt "absolutely flat" and "empty in the stomach" after hearing the news.

"That idea that I would be part of the sports department that didn't any longer cover the Olympic Games is really deflating," he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

"I can't say too much about it. Obviously this is a decision that has been made a lot higher up the chain than myself.

"I know that it is a difficult environment budgetary-wise for the ABC at the moment, and it's not an inexpensive thing to mount a broadcast of the Olympic Games."

Nicholson described the ABC team that was sent to the 2016 Rio Games as a "trimmed back . skeleton team" that he was lucky enough to be a part of.

"I'm not so much disappointed for myself, I'm disappointed for the athletes and for the public," he said.

"You think about all the great stories there are to tell - and yes, we will continue to cover in some capacity - we won't have broadcast rights in the sense that we will be able to call those great moments."

Fellow broadcaster Quentin Hull tweeted: "The ABC will lose part of its DNA by not being at the Tokyo Olympics.

"The coverage has always shed a light on amazing stories of not only Australians, but human achievement the world over.

"It's a national shame."

11. marraskuuta 2019 5:43:00 Categories: ABC News RTBF info - regions - luxembourg

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