9 October 2017

The International Olympic Committee has announced the winners of the Golden Rings Awards for the best broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday in Lausanne, where the IOC is currently hosting a series of IOC Commission meetings.

Awards were presented across six categories: Best Olympic Sports Production; Best Olympic Feature; Best Athlete Profile; Best On-Air Promotion; Best Olympic Digital Service; and Best Olympic Programme.

The Golden Rings Awards is a prestigious international competition organised by the IOC to promote and award excellence in the broadcasting of the Olympic Games.

The winners were selected by an international jury headed by IOC Member Anant Singh, who is a leading professional in the film and media industries, and a member of the IOC’s Olympic Channel Commission.

Most of the awards went to official Olympic Games broadcaster NBC and Brazilian TV Globo .

As per Europe, awards went to:

  • RTBF Radio Télévision de la Communauté Française de Belgique (Producer: Mathieu Istace. Cameraman: Cedric Hamiet. Editor: Billy Moens) obtained Bronze award for Portrait of Nafi Thiam, Athletics, Heptathlon in category 3 – The Best Athlete Profile.

– Bulgarian National TV (Producer: Metodi Mantchenko. Director: Georgi Panayotov Tornev) also won a bronze, in CATEGORY 4 – The Best On-Air Promotion – for  “Olympic Dream – Tereza Marinova Triple Jump Olympic Champion, Olympic Games Sydney 2000” .

– ZDF-German TV (Producers: Anke Scholten, Christian Hoffrichter. Director: Studio 71, Ansgar Pohle) received a silver award for “Rio 2016 – 3D perspective” in Category 5 – The Best Olympic Digital Service –

Finally, BBC Sport won a gold on category 4 – The Best On-Air Promotion for “ Rio 2016 The Olympic Games – The Greatest Show On Earth” (Producers: Ryan Goodwin Smith (Passion) / Keeley Pratt (Y&R). Directors: Derek Picken & Niklas Rissler) and a bronze for “Olympics 2016 – Review of the Games” (Producer Alastair Mcintyre. Director: Sally Richardson) in Category 6 – The Best Olympic Programme.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who presented the award for “The Best Olympic Programme”, said: “Half the world’s population followed the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and there was more television and more digital coverage than ever before. This clearly demonstrates the continuing global appeal of the Olympic Games. Thanks to the broadcasters that we are honouring tonight with the Golden Rings Awards, the iconic Olympic moments and the athletes’ achievements will live on forever in our collective memory.”