IGBS, formerly Doha Asian Games Broadcast Services (DAGBS), is a joint venture between HBS and IMG Media which was set up in September 2004 with the mission of being the Host Broadcaster of the 15th Asian Games in Doha. The joint venture was so successful that the decision was taken to extend the collaboration to other projects. The company’s name was changed to IGBS to reflect this fact in 2007.
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HBS is one of only two companies in the world dedicated to host broadcasting. As the Host Broadcaster of the 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups™, HBS is responsible for the most watched sporting event on the planet. HBS is also a broadcast partner of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) and has provided services and consultation on numerous other major sporting events. IMG Media is the world’s premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise. Operating in 30 countries, IMG’s diverse businesses include: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, public speaking, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports.
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As well as being the host broadcaster for the 15th Doha Asian Games 2006, the 7th Asian Winter Games Astana-Almaty 2011 and the 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015, IGBS has also provided production teams for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou 2010 and the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.
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The combined skills and experience of the two parent companies make IGBS a genuine and unique “turnkey” host broadcaster, drawing experienced personnel and expertise from the top levels of the television industry.
As a host broadcaster, IGBS delivers the highest possible standard of television and radio coverage in challenging environments, producing independent, innovative and reliable feeds and services for event organisers, rights holders and through them, the global viewers.
Also, IGBS offers its expertise in overseeing the planning, budgeting and execution of the services required; planning, budgeting, delivery and supervision of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC); ensuring the successful delivery of technical facilities at venues; planning, with a local telecom provider, the infrastructure and technical architecture to build and deliver a network to carry the TV and radio “Basic Feed” signals; planning, budgeting, delivery and supervision of all television and radio broadcast requirements.
The Chairman of the Steering Committee is Graham Fry, while Francis Tellier is CEO of IGBS. The company structure is flexible in order to adapt to a variety of projects and includes departments such as Production, Venue operations, Construction, Logistics, Booking, Information & Communication, Corporate & Legal, and IT.
The goal of IGBS as a Host Broadcaster is to deliver the highest possible standard of television and radio coverage of events and produce independent, impartial and objective content that will offer fair exposure to all participating countries and their competitors.
IGBS' head office is in Zug, Switzerland, but the company has offices and personnel throughout Europe.