David Grevemberg, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, today (Tuesday, April 3rd) expressed disappointment that Channel Nine had spoiled the show by broadcasting footage of the event’s opening ceremony, in breach, he said, of the accepted protocols.
As a result of the rehearsal being aired, Channel Nine, a non-rights holding broadcaster, had its media accreditation to the Gold Coast games withdrawn. Mark Peters, CEO of the organisers GC20218, said the TV company’s suspension was going to be reviewed but the decision on whether to restore Nine’s accreditation would be announced the day after the opening ceremony.
Peters said: ‘We often speak about, talk about humanity, we talk about respect. Someone was in the venue and took pictures of the opening ceremony rehearsal. The other 16000 volunteers and people respected the fact we asked them not to do it. They (channel Nine) put it on their news service. This is not what dignity is about, this is not what trust is about and they broke our news access rules. There needs to be accountability in the media.’
Grevemberg added: ‘The impact of this investment only works if we all work together. When people are given privileges to come and watch an event and they break the rules, that is not high performance, that is infringing on the spirit of the games. It is very disappointing when things like this happen. This is serious, this is taking away from everyone’s experience. We are very disappointed.’