France Télévisions to broadcast A.S.O. events up to 2020
Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) and France Télévisions have announced the signature of a new partnership agreement up to 2020 for the broadcasting of events organised by A.S.O. on France Télévisions, including the Tour de France cycling race.
This new agreement follows a consultation made by A.S.O. in February regarding TV rights for free access channels in France during the 2016-20 period.
The new partnership makes France Télévisions the official broadcaster of the following events until 2020: the Dakar Rally, Paris-Nice, the Critérium International, the Schneider Electric Marathon of Paris, Paris-Roubaix, the Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de France and Paris-Tours. In total, these competitions accounted for over 170 hours of broadcasts on France Télévisions channels during 2012.
France Télévisions’ president and director-general, Rémy Pflimlin, comments: “In a few weeks’ time we will be celebrating the 100th edition of the Tour de France, the major event in the common heritage of the French people, and we are very proud to see, thanks to this agreement, the renewal of the beautiful story written over several years between France Télévisions and A.S.O. in the broadcast of sporting events that are right at the heart of free-access TV sport that France Télévisions stands for. After securing several emblematic contracts for the portfolio of sports events rights of France Télévisions over the last two years, notably the Olympic Games and the Six Nations Tournament, this agreement which takes into account the new economic situation of our public group, consolidates our group’s position in the field and reaffirms France Télévisions’ mission to guarantee free access by the general public to major sporting events.”