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OBS guest of honour at FIVB Board meeting

Olympic Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer Yiannis Exarchos presents to the FIVB Board of Administration
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 3, 2014 - Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) Chief Executive Officer Yiannis Exarchos outlined the key changes in Olympic television and the exciting future ahead during his guest presentation to the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Board of Administration meeting on Thursday.

“I am honoured by this invitation,” Mr Exarchos said. “It’s clear the FIVB is moving in the right direction when it comes to broadcasting and communication but sport is faced with huge challenges, and it is the same with broadcasting. The competition for the viewers attention is growing rapidly so I embrace the decision of the President to have this discussion.

"The Olympic Games are usually the first introduction to an unknown sport. Understanding the sport and the beauty of the sport is the key feedback from viewers. The Olympic Games is also the unique opportunity for sport to present itself to the world therefore that is why
the protection of the independence of the broadcast coverage is fundamental but equally important is change, especially in this day and age towards innovation and technology.

“Volleyball has undergone major positive changes during the last 10 to 15 years including the change to the Rally Point system. Beach volleyball is continuing to evolve, making the sport more interesting and dynamic for new audiences but we look forward to working with you to bring a greater experience for the viewer and to take volleyball to another level in terms of its presentation and engagement with the audience.”

FIVB TV and New Media Commission President Fernando Lima emphasised that the role of communication is very important for the delivery of any sport.

“It’s through communication kids can enjoy the sport. Through the past decades the big change was the possibility to deliver super quality images through television. Now we are not just talking about television but new media digital tools, but television is the most essential tool to deliver content, that is why we had OBS with us today.”


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