RTÉ unveils Olympic package

Thu, Jul 12, 2012, 01:00

Olympic Games: RTÉ television will be broadcasting from the Olympics in London for an average of 13 hours per day over the duration of the Games, which begin with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 27th.

In total, across the three platforms of television, radio and the internet, the broadcaster has promised 2,300 hours, or 96 days, worth of coverage from the 28th Olympiad between tomorrow fortnight and the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 12th.

Coverage on RTÉ Two will begin at 9.30am every morning, with Peter Collins hosting until 1pm before Michael Lyster (weekdays) and Tracy Piggott (weekends) take over until 4pm.

Darragh Maloney will then take the baton until seven before Bill O’Herlihy runs the anchor leg into the evening, while Jimmy McGee, a veteran broadcaster of 11 Olympiads, will lead a 12-man commentary team.

Ireland will be represented in 14 disciplines and expert analysis will be provided by the likes of Kenneth Egan, David Gillick, former Olympic shot-putter and Ireland rugby international Victor Costello and swimmer Andrew Bree, among others.

Online, at www.rte.ie/olympics, RTÉ “plans to offer users up to 12 high-definition video streams each day”, while users will also be able to stream the “television and radio output”.

Those outside of the country will still be able to follow domestic television coverage “via the EBU’s (European Broadcasting Union) Olympic Portal at www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012."

Head of RTÉ Sport Ryle Nugent, said: “This year RTÉ’s Olympic coverage will extend even further than ever before with all television output available in HD along with a planned 50 per cent increase in the number of live streams available online and extensive radio coverage throughout the schedule.”

Radio coverage will be available on Radio 1, 2fm, Lyric FM, Raidió na Gaeltachta and digital radio station RTÉ Choice.

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