All of Europe’s major free-to-air broadcasters will televise the inaugural European Championships in 2018.
Sports fans throughout Europe will be able to enjoy over 400 hours of programming from the inaugural European Championships.
Thanks to a unique partnership brokered by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), almost 40 broadcasters worldwide will be covering the event on television, radio and online.
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All of Europe’s major public service broadcasters will be showing the European Championships on multiple platforms with a total potential audience of more than one billion people across the globe.
It is anticipated that there will be 2,700 hours of television coverage across the Championships, most of it free-to-air in all the main territories.
The competition schedule will run from Thursday 2 through to Sunday 12 August 2018 with 10 days of television coverage starting on Friday 3 August.
EBU Director of Sport Stefan Kürten said: “The European Championships provides us with a unique opportunity to bring all the key summer sports and fans together for one must-see event.
“We are delighted that audiences across the continent will have the opportunity to view the Championships free-to-all with the support of public service media.”
Ron Chakraborty from BBC Sport said: “There is no doubt that we will be giving the 2018 European Championships the BBC ‘big event’ treatment, like we do for the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and, as you have just witnessed, the IAAF World Championships.”
While Achim Hammer of ZDF said: “Together with ARD, we will be broadcasting around 120 hours of sport live over the duration of the 2018 European Championships. We are going live throughout … live in the morning, live in the afternoon and live in the evening.”
The EBU is the world’s leading alliance of public service media and is the broadcast partner of the European Championships. Its business arm, Eurovision Media Services, will be acting as host broadcaster, through its subsidiary European Production Coordination, and will be responsible for distributing the event to rights-holding media organisations worldwide.
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