The Current State of Olympics in Philippine TV


At midnight Saturday (local time), TV5 will air the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian Federation. Although, it is not as important as the incoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro on 2016 for most Filipino sports fanatics, the Olympics played a significant role in shaping the best athletes around the world based by the criteria of the Olympic motto: Citius, altius, fortius (Swifter, higher, stronger).

The broadcasting of the Olympics plays an important part on sports division of certain broadcasters. Such instance is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), where they and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been in good hands for 60+ years.

The brief history of Philippine broadcasting of the Olympics

olympic infographic

In the Philippines, the Olympic coverage began in 1968 in Mexico City by ABS-CBN. The 1972 Munich Games remains unknown or unable to broadcast despite that the major international multi-sport event ended just one and a half weeks before Martial Law declared. The 1976 Montreal Games also remains unknown or unable to broadcast due to the suppression of the freedom of the press during the Martial Law period. The 1980 Moscow Games was broadcast by Channel 4, although the national delegation boycotted the Games, together with the United States, due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan a year before. The rest of the broadcast became a good pace in Olympics broadcast in the country. In Barcelona 1992, ABS-CBN grabs back the torch of televising the sporting events but PTV in Atlanta 1996 stole the spotlight and stayed vigilant with the torch until Athens 2004 where they have seen the lack of capitalization. In 2008, RPN 9 (doing business then as C/S 9) tried to broadcast in Beijing. The first Winter Games to be aired in the Philippines (albeit, the opening ceremony) was done again by Channel 9 on Vancouver 2010. With Manny V. Pangilinan’s wise decision on sports development, TV5 bagged the rights to air the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Ranking (excluding the Winter Olympics and future Games)

GOLD: PTV 4 with six (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004)

SILVER: ABS-CBN 2 (Mexico 1968 and Barcelona 1992) and TV5 (Sydney 2000* and London 2012) with two

BRONZE: RPN 9 (Beijing 2008) and IBC 13 (London 2012**) with one.

GMA 7 bagged none (or in social media, nganga).

*Assisting broadcasts

**Assisting broadcasts, joint venture with TV5 through AKTV block

Your FAQs on the future and current state of broadcasting Olympics

In most websites back then, you may hear the term frequently asked questions (FAQs) the purposely serve to answer the common queries on your visit to the site. In Timow’s Blog, the answers are responded to your needs. In this post, you might asked what happened to the broadcasters in the Olympics currently.

Q: Why did Channel 4 did not air any more Olympics recently?

A: Channel 4 ceased airing Olympics after Athens 2004 because of the depleting and insufficient capital, conflict on programming (especially, the daily Palace Press Conference), and the strong presentation of protecting the National Government, including the President, from their critics, especially politically-leaning social media scholars (PSMS).

Q: Why GMA 7 never aired the Olympics and gone nganga?

A: GMA Channel 7 bagged none, nada, zilch, nunca, nyet on the Olympics because of the lack of a sports division and the management’s strategy of not to be a conglomerate like ABS-CBN and TV5 to avoid  from calling the network by PSMS, part of the “oligarchy.” No wonder #GMAPhilippinesWorstNetwork is not just for the recent, senseless yet irrelevant Navarro-gate scandal (GMA is said to be in favor of Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo.) but also for the way of not broadcasting the Olympics, which could have made an equal participation of national commercial broadcasters.

Q: Why TV5 did commit already to 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games?

A: TV5 made a deal with the IOC for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is because Manny V. Pangilinan shifts his planning skills on Sports5 on medium term (1 to 3 years) rather than a short term (within 12 months), in which other networks completely lacked of such skills. In this point of view, MVP believed that medium term help lessen the worries and faults of preparation and broadcast rather than the short term.

Conclusion, greetings and words of wisdom

Going back to the upcoming Games, TB wishes TV5 the best of luck in airing the Sochi Olympics. The blog wishes the best of luck to our sole delegate of the Games, Mr. Michael Christian Martinez, regardless of the measly chance of earning a medal.

To conclude this post, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the brainchild of the modern Olympic Games, said, “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

[Research from Wikipedia, Infographic done by the author-admin]



  1. It seems that Olympic is still alive in TV5. They have been exploiting the logo since day 1.

      1. March is now coming. It’s silly that TV5 is still using the Olympic Ring (logo). What is the purpose anyway when they are not even showing any replays?

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