GOLDCOAST,21 FEBRUARY 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—Gold Coast 2018 have reiterated the news access rules for the Commonwealth Games as the countdown to the multi-sport event in April continues.

News access has been a source of debate in recent months, with several organisations in Australia threatening to boycott the Games over the rules.

Under the terms of the Host City Contract for the Commonwealth Games, only rights holding broadcasters will be able to broadcast video and audio content.

For Gold Coast 2018, a deal is in place with Seven Network.

News Corporation announced their intention to boycott in December citing rules related to the use of video.

They were followed by Fairfax Media, one of the largest media companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Among the key concerns raised was restrictions which would require news outlets to observe a 30-minute delay for broadcasting content collected at news conferences.

It is also claimed they would have to agree to limit digital news bulletins to a maximum of 60 seconds a day across no more than three bulletins a day.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Gold Coast 2018 called for the organisations to seek accreditation for the Games but stated they needed to protect their agreement with Seven Network.

Gold Coast 2018 have sent a reminder of news access rules to journalists in the build-up to the Games, encouraging media attending to be aware of the rules.

“As a journalist, photographer or non-rights holding broadcaster accredited to Gold Coast 2018, you are NOT permitted to gather moving image or audio content from inside any Gold Coast 2018 competition venue for transmission,” Gold Coast 2018 state.

“If you or your organisation wishes to generate moving image or audio content from inside a Gold Coast 2018 competition venue, it is essential that you contact us immediately to discuss your plans.”

In December, the CGF and Gold Coast 2018 urged media organisations not to boycott the Games over the news access rules.

They stated that commercial arrangements were required to avoid the Games needing to be subsidised by taxpayers, while asserting that there would be benefits for media organisations in seeking accreditation.

This includes access to Games info systems, specialised positions in competition venues, including the tribunes and photo positions, as well as post competition processes such as media briefings and additional content opportunities.

Non-rights holders will also be able to use “grassy knolls” which will allow them to create content and hold interviews with no restrictions.

They are located outside of the security perimeters of venues and organisers claim they will be made convenient for media and athletes.

While not a formal part of the post-competition requirements, it is anticipated that they will predominantly be utilised at the conclusion of the formal process.

Accreditation will be required to reach the grassy knolls at the Anna Meares Velodrome, Belmont Shooting Centre, the boxing venues at Oxenford Studios and the Commonwealth Games Village.

The Games are set to take place from April 4 to 15…..PACNEWS

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