Commonwealth Games policy will “evolve”
11th December 2017
The chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has admitted controversial ‘News Access Rules’ must be reconsidered. David Grevemberg told the NMC last month that there would be a ‘clean sheet’ for arrangements for the 2022 Games and that there was no contractual roll-over for the 2018 games rights holders (BBC in UK, Seven in Australia and Auckland-based TVNZ). His latest comments came in an interview with The Australian, owned by News Corp Australia, which is refusing accreditation for the Gold Coast Games. Fairfax Media has taken a similar stance because of the way TV contacts signed four years ago are said to force the organisers to impose restrictions (called News Access Rules) on certain news-gathering and use of news video highlights.
News Corp called the restrictions “out-of-step with modern digital news reporting” and Fairfax insisted that “Australians deserve unrestricted coverage” of the Games.
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