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Jakarta Post

TVRI to air Beijing Olympics live, free

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 15 2008   /  10:36 am

Good news for Indonesian sports fans. After missing live coverage of badminton player Taufik Hidayat's gold medal exploits at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Indonesians will be able to watch the Beijing Olympics next month live and free, after state-owned TVRI acquired the broadcast rights. "Yes, we will air the Games," TVRI spokesperson Meggy Theresia Rares told The Jakarta Post on Monday. "Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)," Meggy said, referring to the organization in charge of the Games broadcast in 28 Asian countries. She declined to say how much TVRI had paid for the rights or to provide any other details, promising more information would be forthcoming after the agreement was signed. ABU director for sports John Barton sent a text message to the Post confirm...