— Published 10 December 2020

World Rowing secures its TV rights

Heavily shaken by the health crisis, with an international 2020 calendar reduced to few things, the International Rowing Federation (World Rowing) has secured the broadcasting of its major events for the next four years. The body chaired by Frenchman Jean-Christophe Rolland announces the extension for the period 2021 to 2024 of his contract with Eurovision Sport. The new agreement covers Europe, but also the Middle East and North Africa. It extends a partnership that dates back to the early 1980s and will take over from the current contract, which expires at the end of 2020. The broadcasting agreement signed with Eurovision Sport concerns the world rowing championships in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the European Championships in 2021, 2023 and 2024 (the 2022 edition, integrated into the European Multisport Championships in Munich, is excluded from this contract), the stages of the World Cup between 2021 and 2024. It will start with the next European Championships, scheduled for Varese, Italy, from April 5 to 7, 2021. No less than 20 EBU members have already pledged to broadcast the events included in the agreement signed with World Rowing : HRT (Croatia); CT (Czech Republic); DR (Denmark); EER (Estonia); ARD and ZDF (Germany); ERT (Greece); MTVA (Hungary); RAI (Italy); LRT (Lithuania); NOS (Netherlands); NRK (Norway); TVP (Poland); RTE (Ireland); RTR (Russia); RTS (Serbia); RTV (Slovenia); TVE (Spain); SRG-SSR (Switzerland); BBC (United Kingdom). In France, World Rowing-stamped competitions will continue to be broadcast by L’Equipe TV.