By a happy coincidence, the revival of the modern Olympic Games occurred
barely more than a year after the birth of the cinema and a few months before
Marconi's first wireless transmissions. Not only have the two traditions of the
Games and moving pictures grown up together, they have become inextricably
represent one of the few truly global media events, the Games have been used to
introduce and showcase new technologies and production techniques that their
inventors and developers hope to sell to broadcasters around the world. For the
US networks in particular televising the Olympics is also seen as a means of
attracting and keeping audiences for other programming.
The purpose of these pages is to gather information about media involvement and innovation at each of the 25 Olympiads of the modern—the audio-visual—era.
NB: Information is still being gathered and processed for this section.
The Olympic Television Archive Bureau website offers over 20,000 hours of footage
Page updated 27 July 2008