This year’s BMW IBU World Championships Biathlon, taking place in Nové Město na Moravě, Czechia, 7-18 February 2024, will be broadcast live by at least 20 EBU Members. Other traditional broadcasters around the world, including Eurosport, Eurosport Asia, L’Equipe (France), Kazsport (Kazakhstan) and CCTV (China), will also cover the event which starts on Wednesday 7 February.
In total, more than 330 hours of live coverage are scheduled for linear TV, with most broadcasters also offering supplementary coverage on their digital platforms. These figures are on a similar level to the coverage of last year’s BMW IBU World Championships Biathlon held in Oberhof, Germany.
The line-up of EBU Members and other broadcasters guarantees free-to-air coverage and a wide visibility for the sport of biathlon across Europe and around the world. The Championships will also be live on the new Eurovision Sport streaming platform complementing the coverage already provided by Europe’s public service broadcasters.
Czech TV who is host broadcaster for the event is ready to cover the biathlon drama at the Vysocina arena. TV Director Charilaos Karadzos is working with a 100-strong team to show stories of new sporting records and amazing performances.
The host broadcaster has installed 43 camera positions and will also be operating three live drones to cover the action, as well as helping to capture the amazing atmosphere in the arena.
A dedicated cable camera will lead the athletes uphill along the track while a rail camera 120 metres long will cover the fight up the final climb of the finish. Biathlon fans will be fully immersed in the action, with the shooting range captured by robotic and target cameras.
Marketa Vrankova, Vice-Chair, EBU Sport Committee and Head of HB Operations, Czech TV, said: "Czech TV is honoured to produce the BMW IBU World Championships 2024 from Nové Město, where a huge crowd drives all biathletes to their best performances. Due to systematic development of biathlon coverage, Czech TV´s team is ready to deliver high-quality TV transmissions, describing exciting biathlon stories with thrilling moments that will reach biathlon fans via TVs and several digital platforms, wherever the beauty of this sport is distributed.“
Robert Portman, Head of Winter Sport, Eurovision Sport, said: “Eurovision Sport is very proud to have partnered with the IBU for over 30 years during which time biathlon has clearly established its place as one of the strongest components of any winter sport offering on TV. I`m convinced that the great atmosphere transmitted from the biathlon stadium in Nové Mêsto will be the ultimate highlight of the winter for all biathlon fans at home!”
Max Cobb, Secretary General, IBU, said: “The IBU is grateful for the excellent work our broadcast partners are doing in bringing biathlon to millions of fans around the world and telling the stories of our inspiring athletes. In an ever-evolving digital and media landscape, we benefit from the innovation and expertise of our broadcasters who ensure that new and existing international audiences are able to enjoy high-quality biathlon content wherever they are.”
CT (Czech Republic - Host Broadcaster), HRT (Croatia), ORF (Austria), TV2 (Denmark), ERR (Estonia), YLE (Finland), ARD and ZDF (Germany), RAI (Italy), LTV (Latvia), LRT (Lithuania), NRK and TV2 (Norway), RTV (Macedonia), RTVS (Slovakia), RTVSLO (Slovenia), SVT (Sweden), SRG SSR (Switzerland), TVP (Poland) and Suspilne (Ukraine).