AsiaSat 5 to Deliver Commonwealth Games Live Coverage


Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company has teamed up with Television New Zealand (TVNZ) to deliver live coverage of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on AsiaSat 5.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are being held on Australia’s Gold Coast from April 4 to 15, with more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth territories.

Coverage by TVNZ will be distributed through AsiaSat 5 to rights-holding broadcasters in Asia in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and TVNZ’s sub-licensees in the region. Coverage will include the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as 11 days of live and replayed TV action featuring athletes competing in 18 sports and 7 para-sports across 18 venues.

As the exclusive broadcast rights holder for New Zealand, TVNZ will deliver live coverage, replays and highlights across TVNZ 1, TVNZ Duke, new pop-up channel Games Extra and fully streamed channel Games Online.

Barrie Woolston, the chief commercial officer at AsiaSat, remarked: “The Commonwealth Games is a significant feature in the 2018 sporting calendar. We are delighted to have the privilege of working with TVNZ and the ABU to bring this wonderful event to wider audiences in New Zealand, the Pacific and across Asia. We look forward to the great success of the Games next month.”

John West, TVNZ’s executive VP for sports, added: “TVNZ’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games is our most ambitious event ever. AsiaSat was chosen as part of our delivery solution due to its wide footprint in the region and proven record in the delivery of major events coverage.”