The Broadcast Training Programme (BTP)

The goal of the OBS Broadcast Training Programme (BTP) is to enhance the education of media and television university students offering them in-depth exposure to how the Olympic Games are broadcast. The workshops held in the partner universities will give students practical experience of how the largest broadcasting operation in the world will be put together and explain what part they could play. Successful students will then be considered for paid positions during Games-time, employed by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS). This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the OBS team for the greatest celebration of sport, to work side by side with the best in the broadcast industry, and to jump-start your career with a competitive edge.

Who can participate?

You are eligible to participate in the Tokyo 2020 BTP if you:

  • Are aged 18 years or over
  • Have completed the BTP online application (will be made available in 2019)
  • Are a student in good standing enrolled at a Japanese university
  • Have an interest in learning how the broadcast and media industry work
  • Have at least an intermediate knowledge of English

What does the training consist of?

BTP workshops last from two to six days depending on the selected position. Every workshop will generally start with an introductory general session that provides information about the programme and the different positions, a general overview of the Olympic Games themselves, as well as an explanation of the organisation of the OBS operation and Games-time protocol. The session will conclude with a presentation on the television production process and possibly a test. Additional sessions on the following days will include job-specific informational presentations or technical seminars that vary in number and style depending on the position applied for.

To be considered for one of the paid Games-time positions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games it is required for you to attend one of the BTP workshops.

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), a company wholly owned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is responsible for providing live radio and television coverage from the Olympic Games to all Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) around the world who have acquired exclusive rights to broadcast the Games within their territories.

The IOC established OBS in 2001 to serve as the permanent Host Broadcaster for the Olympic Games, eliminating the need to continually rebuild the broadcast operation for each edition of the Games. OBS takes charge of all the organisational and technical undertaking involved in broadcasting the Games – from planning and implementing an effective broadcast production plan to building the necessary facilities and infrastructures, to providing state-of-the-art equipment and hiring professional workforce. OBS also offers additional services to RHBs to help them produce their own production unilateral coverage of the Games.

OBS ensures that the high standards of Olympic broadcasting are consistently maintained from one edition of the Games to the next and that the contractual obligations of the RHBs are fulfilled. In between Games, OBS invests a great amount of time in research and innovation in an effort to continually improve its level of services.

For more information about OBS, please visit

About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at

Social Media

For more information, please follow the Olympic Channel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, or log on to

The Olympic Channel is headquartered in Madrid, Spain in the same facility with OBS. Both companies share synergies and work in close collaboration. The Olympic Channel will have activities during Games-time in the host city, with a working area inside the IBC.

For more information about the Olympic Channel, please visit

Dear Students,

On behalf of the entire OBS staff, I would like to welcome you to the Broadcast Training Programme (BTP) for Rio 2016. This is an exciting and remarkable time for all Brazilians, especially those that live in Rio, a beautiful and vibrant setting for the largest and most important sporting event in the world. I am sure that you, as students in Rio, have felt the energy and anticipation building as the Olympic Games draw closer and we at OBS are thrilled to be able to offer you a chance to become a part of this historic event.

It is important to understand that what we are offering is not just the chance to learn and advance your academic career, but the very real opportunity to work as a paid employee at a professional level for these Olympic Games. The work will be challenging and the hours will be long, however, in the end you will emerge exhilarated, with lasting relationships, and a true member of the Olympic Family.

I encourage you to explore this website thoroughly and discover all that the BTP has to offer. Research the job positions, watch the videos, hear from former BTP participants and meet the OBS team that you will be learning from and then possibly working alongside. We at OBS are committed to providing the programmes and resources that will enhance the quality of your academic experience and prepare you for your future career in broadcasting.

I wish you luck in your pursuit of a position within the BTP and look forward to seeing you in 2016.

Yiannis Exarchos
CEO, Olympic Broadcasting Services

Important Notice: Potential fraud alert

OBS has recently been made aware that some BTP participants have received phone calls from individuals or companies, asking them to attend interviews to get a job at the Olympic Games. According to the information we have been able to collect so far, such calls may be part of a fraud scheme and we therefore invite all participants to review any offers very thoroughly. In the above context, OBS would like to emphasize especially the following:
- OBS has not effectuated the referred calls and has not sent out any invitations for interviews. In order to be selected to work for OBS at the Olympic Games, OBS managers will run individual job interviews, in person, at the end of each training workshop, during the October/November 2015 training period. An exception only applies to Finance Assistant positions which have already taken place by video-conference.
- BTP applicants can be assured at all times that OBS will not ask them at any time to pay any money, in order to obtain a job with our company at the Olympic Games. Any such “offers” you may receive have not been initiated by OBS and are not related to our company.
If you believe you have received a false job interview or are a victim of potential fraud, please contact the BTP team by e-mailing