U.S. Olympic committee delays TV channel plans

Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:55am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has delayed plans to launch a cable television network devoted to the Olympics after angering the IOC, it said Sunday.

"In order to facilitate a productive dialogue, the USOC has decided to delay further development of the network until we have resolved all issues of concern to the IOC," USOC chief Larry Probst said in a statement.

He had earlier met International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge in Berlin to discuss the issue.

"I took the opportunity to stress our commitment to being good partners with the IOC and assured President Rogge that we will secure the full support and cooperation of the IOC before we move forward with the Olympic network," Probst said.

USOC had initially planned to launch its project next year with Comcast Corp agreeing to carry the channel in its cable lineup.


It would include news reports, commentary, interviews, documentaries, movies, and classic Olympic footage, the USOC had said when announcing its plans only last month.

The decision, though, triggered the ire of the IOC who said it was not consulted in this decision that involved the Games, its own prime product.   Continued...