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AP demands appropriate access to Olympics

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Associated Press is demanding that broadband access to future Olympic Games be opened up. Sports Business Journal reported on a speech given by AP president and CEO Tom Curley at a closed-door meeting with the International Olympic Committee

in Vancouver, during which Curley called existing restrictions “unacceptable” and threatened court action if necessary. SBJ quoted from a copy of Curley’s speech that it obtained:

“The model that still predominates in Olympic coverage and content distribution is TV-centric, rights-holder-controlled and appointment-driven. No successful media company or sports authority can continue to operate that way in a world that has shifted to always-on, user-controlled access to news and information.”

Reporter Tripp Mickle noted that only rights holders are permitted to bring video cameras inside Olympic venues, adding that NBC paid $894 million for the Beijing broadcast rights, even though AP was partnered with the network to provide text and video content online during the Games. (Via Paid Content)


Written by chris

November 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Posted in Internet, Television

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