Glasgow 2018 has revealed that Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC) are the preferred bidder to provide Host Broadcasting Services (HBS) for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee will consider a report that recommends the appointment of EPC to deliver HBS at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, subject to formal procurement procedures, on Thursday (December 8).
To be staged every four years, the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing, Triathlon and a new team Golf event into one event.
The first edition will be held in the summer of 2018 in both Glasgow and Berlin.
The contract requires the Host Broadcaster to provide: "a complete programme solution that will include full editorial responsibility for scheduling, audio-visual content and overall “look and feel” of the broadcast service in accordance with the highest attainable professional standards."
Preferred bidder EPC distributes sports and news content for broadcast and media platforms worldwide.
The company is the production partner for a number of the world’s sports federations and event organisers providing host broadcast services during major sporting events including Athletics, European or World Championships and the European Aquatics Championships.
News of the HBS contract comes as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed that additional free-to-air coverage agreements have been secured for the championships.
The EBU, which holds the broadcast rights on all platforms, said over 35 of its members have now signed up to show the first edition in the summer of 2018.
“We can confirm that Eurovision Production Coordination have been named as the preferred bidder for Host Broadcasting Services following a competitive tendering process," said a spokesman for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
“With a projected television audience of up to 1.03 billion, the European Championships will be a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports in an exciting new multi-sport format.”
As part of the inaugural European Championships in 2018, around 3,025 athletes will visit Scotland for aquatics events, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in the German capital of Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships.
It was announced yesterday that Atos is the organisers preferred bidder to provide timing, scoring and results (TSR) services for four sports at the event, despite a number of calls being made for the digital services company to be dropped when it served as a leading sponsor of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Scottish city.
Atos, the worldwide IT partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), were previously described by protesters as "contract killers" and "not fit" to be associated with the quadrennial showpiece.
Speaking in front of the Public Petitions Committee at the Scottish Parliament in March 2014, Citizens United’s Sean Clerkin claimed more than 2,000 people had died going through the controversial "Work Capability Assessment" process used by Atos.