Network Ten, TV New Zealand clinch deal with CGOC

Two international broadcasting companies – Network Ten of Australia and TV New Zealand have clinched a deal with the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) for the telecast of the Games in their respective countries.

“I would not like to disclose the figures but the deal is almost double of what we had expected,” said Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president and CGOC chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Friday.

The chairman also said that the CGOC was closing in on a deal with host broadcaster, Doordarshan. Asked if the CGOC would give the telecast rights to DD for free, Kalmadi said, “Nothing would come free.” It is learnt that the deal could be in the range of 34-35 million Australian dollars.

At the press briefing, acting chairman of the CWG Federation Coordination Committee, Bruce Robertson, expressed satisfaction with the pace of progress, “A lot of progress has been made on the venues front.” He, however, said accommodation was the sole concern. “Delhi is a booming city and hotels are often full. We have to keep pace with the growing demand.”

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