Who better than an athlete to comment on an Olympic Games? That’s what they must have thought of RTVE and Eurosport when choosing the team that will cover the Tokyo Olympics 2020, postponed one year due to the pandemic and which will start filming this Friday, July 23. Both the public entity and the payment chain (available on Movistar +) use ex-medalists and great figures of Spanish sport to accompany the journalists who will cover the competitions that can be seen in the great Olympic event (with five new disciplines: karate, surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing and baseball).
RTVE’s coverage includes 400 hours of programming on TVE-1, Teledeporte and the new digital platform RTVE Play, with the most outstanding tests, all the Spanish participation and the opening ceremonies (this Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a previous at 12.00) and closing. The 1 will offer 15 hours a day of live competitions: from 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., by the hand of Fe López and Alberto Freile; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Marcos Lopez from Tokyo, just like Lourdes Garcia Campos for the information of the ‘Telediario’; a summary from 16.00 to 16.45 in ‘Tokyo in Games’, with Rosana Romero and Roi Groba, and with Arsenio Cañada in the ‘Telediario 2’. Until ‘Spain direct’ (19.30) will travel across the country to tell the personal stories of our Olympians.
Live and delayed tests
On its thematic channel Teledeporte the coverage will be ‘non stop’. The competitions can be followed from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with David figueira, and there will be a magazine (from 20.00 to 1.00) presented by Marc Martín and Montse Busquets. In addition, every day TVE-1 and Teledeporte will connect with the headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee in Madrid, hand in hand with Sergio Sauca and Jesus Álvarez.
And in the new platform of videos on demand and direct rtve.es/play the user will be able to enjoy 400 hours of competitions for free. Up to five simultaneous live signals that will allow you to watch the sport you prefer at all times, in addition to being able to retrieve complete tests and interviews. And if the competition has already started, you can rewind it.
From Pedro Delgado to Gemma Mengual
Accompanying the 20 journalists specialized in the narrations of each of the disciplines will be a team of technical commentators who add up to 27 Olympic medals: Pedro Delgado, Albert ‘Chapi’ Ferrer, Almudena Cid, Gervasio Deferr, David Cal, Gemma Mengual, Javier Soriano, Dani Ballart, Angelines García, Juan Carlos Higuero, Marta Fernández, Alberto Urdiales, Eli Pinedo, María Vasco, Joel González, Berni Rodríguez, Ángela Pumariega, Mati Ortiz, Santi Freixa, Erika Villaécija, Maialen García, Adrián Corrales, Carles Castillejo, Juan Martínez, Victoria Cid, Alberto Benito, Salvador Melia, Dani Muñoz de la Nava, Yosua Fernández, Adriana Zwank, Pedro Oriol, Laia Talarn, Almudena Muñoz, David Barquero, Antonio Serrat, Dani Márquez and Amaranta Fernández, among others.
Eurosport also turns to the Olympics with more than 800 hours of sport. In addition to the extensive Olympic programming on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, it will offer on Movistar + seven new thematic channels with live and delayed events: Eurosport 3, with tennis, table tennis, badminton and golf; Eurosport 4, with rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, synchronized swimming and trampoline jumps; Eurosport 5, with football, hockey, rugby and baseball, Eurosport 6, with basketball; Eurosport 7, with judo, taekwondo, wrestling, boxing and karate; Eurosport 8, with handball, and Eurosport 9, with volleyball. Added to them is the Eurosport 4K channel with up to 200 hours of the best events of the Olympic Games in Ultra High Definition.
His team of commentators includes athletes such as Àlex Corretja, Alberto Contador, José Javier Hombrados, Chus Rosa, Ángel ‘El Pájaro’ Rodríguez, Anabel Medina, Chema Martínez, Macarena Aguilar, Alejandra Quereda, Javier Hernanz, Rafa Pascual, María Peláez and Sandra Riquelme, among others.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.