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TV5, ABS-CBN join forces for 30th SEA Games telecast


by Nick Giongco

The opening ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games from the Philippine Arena will be beamed all around the country by ABS-CBN while TV5 will take care of the telecast of the games that will be played from Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

This was the deal reached Monday during the SEAG Federation Council meeting at the Hilton, according to Philippine Olympic Committee spokesperson Ed Picson, stressing that other broadcast facets were discussed as the two-day affair formally came to a close.

ABS-CBN will still cover some of the events during the country’s hosting since there are 56 sports and close to 530 gold medals up for grabs.

POC president Ricky Vargas welcomed high-ranking officials from 10 other countries. Joining him in the head table were POC chairman Bambol Tolentino, POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio and SEAG Executive Committee head Celso Dayrit.

Picson said broadcast is no longer limited to television since it also covers streaming and cable.

“There was a time when broadcast meant only TV but now its coverage is a lot wider,” said Picson.

The Philippines is bidding to take the overall crown for the second straight time as host.

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