Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2001 in order to serve as the Host Broadcasting organisation for all Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and Youth Olympic Games.
The Host Broadcaster is responsible for delivering the pictures and sounds of the Olympic Games to billions of viewers around the world. It produces and transmits unbiased live radio and television coverage of every sport from every venue. This feed is called the International Signal or the World Feed.
In this role, OBS is responsible for developing a consistent approach across Olympic operations while at the same time optimising resources to continually improve the efficiency of the Host Broadcast operation. OBS does so to ensure that all IOC contractual obligations are fulfilled and the Games’ Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) are satisfied with the overall television production of the Olympic Games.
The OBS headquarters and warehouse facilities are located in Madrid, Spain.
The staff of OBS boasts many years of experience in the broadcasting of large-scale sporting events. The experience and diversity that the OBS team brings has been instrumental in the televised production of hundreds of the greatest sport events during the past 40 years. Members of the OBS Management Team have an average of more than six Olympic Games experience each, having contributed to nearly 100 Games collectively. Overall the OBS permanent staff has worked across more than 500 Games altogether
Yiannis Exarchos is the current Chief Executive Officer of OBS. He was appointed CEO following London 2012. Specialising in the management of global sports events, he has served as a top executive for all Olympic Host Broadcasters since Athens 2004. His in-depth media experience and leadership have earned him numerous recognitions and awards.
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While OBS was established in 2001 by the IOC, its first Games operation was in Beijing in 2008. OBS entered into a joint venture with the Organising Committee to form Beijing Olympic Broadcasting (BOB), which served as the Host Broadcaster for the 2008 Games.
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver marked the first time that the Host Broadcast operation was conducted solely by OBS. Since then, OBS has acted as the Host Broadcaster for London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, and is in the planning stages for PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.
In addition, OBS has also been responsible for delivering live and ENG broadcast feeds for the different editions of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG): Singapore 2010 YOG, Innsbruck 2012 Winter YOG, Nanjing 2014 YOG and Lillehammer 2016 Winter YOG.