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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)

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Written by chris

November 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Posted in Internet, Television

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