CBC/Radio-Canada wins 2 Golden Rings awards for Sochi Olympic coverage
CBC's Olympic app had 2.5 million downloads
The International Olympic Committee recognized CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games with two Golden Rings awards. The announcement came during the IOC's session in Monaco on Monday.
CBC took home silver medals in two categories: Best Digital Service and Best Olympic Program. NBC took gold in both of those categories.
"The efforts of our group have consistently proven, over many Olympic Games, to be world class, and we are proud to, yet again, be recognized as a global leader in sports coverage," said Jeffrey Orridge, executive director of sports properties and general manager, Olympics.
The Golden Rings awards have been around since 1976 and the CBC has won five times in the past, including a gold in 1998.
The Best Olympic Program category honours the television rights-holding broadcasters judged as having produced the best overall Olympic program.
The Best Olympic Digital Service category is judged on the overall design of a television rights-holding broadcaster’s digital offering, navigation and ease of use, variety of video options, functionality and design of additional graphic and data elements.
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CBC broke many digital records during the Sochi Olympics and the app was downloaded more than 2.5 million times.
Over the course of Sochi 2014, cbc.ca/olympics and olympiques.radio-canada.ca together received more than 256 million website views while the app garnered more than 380 million views for a combined total of more than 636 million views from February 6-23, 2014.
An unprecedented 10.7 million Canadians watched Olympic content via online streams on the CBC and/or SRC sites throughout Sochi 2014, and they consumed approximately 14 million hours of online video content. This is almost twice as much as was consumed during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Watch the videos that the CBC submitted to the IOC for its consideration in these two categories: