EBU Members are getting set to offer comprehensive coverage of Rome 2022, the 36th edition of the LEN European Aquatics Championships, as an unprecedented year of aquatics action on free-to-air TV in Europe continues.
The European Aquatics Championships is scheduled for 11 to 21 August and features the following disciplines: swimming; open water swimming; diving; high diving; and artistic swimming.
Comprising 1,500 athletes from 50 countries competing for 231 medals, Rome 2022 will receive TV, radio and digital coverage from at least 35 EBU Members including:
ORF (Austria); VRT (Belgium); BNT/BNR (Bulgaria); HRT (Croatia); DR (Denmark); ERR (Estonia); YLE (Finland); France Télévisions/Radio France/RFI (France); ARD & ZDF (Germany); ERT (Greece); MTVA (Hungary); RUV (Iceland); RTE (Ireland); RAI (Italy); LRT (Lithuania); NOS (Netherlands); NRK (Norway); TVP/PR (Poland); RTP (Portugal); TVR (Romania); RTS (Serbia); RTVS (Slovakia); RTVSLO (Slovenia); RTVE (Spain) - check; SVT/SR (Sweden); SRG-SSR (Switzerland); TRT (Turkey); and BBC (UK).
EBU Members’ coverage will be supported by The Sports Channel in Israel and Sky Italia in Italy, in deals negotiated on behalf of rights-owner LEN by Eurovision Sport.
In total, more than 700 hours of live programming is scheduled to be shown by 26 broadcasters, together with many more hours of delayed programming.
Complementary coverage across Europe and the rest of the world will be available on the new platform LEN TV (tv.len.eu), an integral part of Eurovision Sport's All Aquatics streaming offering.
LEN’s President Antonio Silva said: “Since the European Championships is our most important event, our strategy has always been to reach the maximum number of people on free-to-air channels. With live spectators at this event for the first time since 2019, we are confident that the athletes will be inspired to produce exceptional performances.”
Andreas Aristodemou, Head of Summer Sports Rights at Eurovision Sport, said: “European swimming is in a strong place, and with many of the stars of the FINA World Championships appearing again at the European Aquatics Championships, we’re delighted that so many EBU Members will be showcasing what is certain to be another outstanding set of performances on free-to-air TV. With the LEN European Water Polo Championships and the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) still to come, swimming fans across Europe and beyond can continue to enjoy the very best aquatics action.”
An outstanding year of aquatics on free-to-air TV began with the FINA World Championships in Budapest on 18 June to 3 July, broadcast by more than 20 EBU Members. The EBU has also retained the rights to cover next year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.
In 2022, EBU Members will also be covering the 2022 LEN European Water Polo Championships in Split, Croatia from 27 August to 10 September, and the year of aquatics will culminate with the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Melbourne, Australia on 13 to 18 December.