News Corp to boycott Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
NEWS Corp Australia will boycott the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next year over a rights dispute with the organisers that could have repercussions for years to come as publishers grapple with the 24-hour online news agenda.
The boycott of the Commonwealth Games could also escalate as news agency Australian Associated Press and Fairfax Media comtempalte joining News Corp in not having journalists officially accredited to cover the Games that take place from April 4 to 15.
News Corp has told the Commonwealth Games Federation based in London and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Peter Beattie it will not seek accreditation for journalists and photographers after the sides failed to reach a deal that relaxes stringent restrictions around the online use of pictures and video from events.
News Corp has also sent notification to the Australian Olympic Committee in relation to the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea from February 9 to 25.
News Corp will still cover the Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympics but will not have photographers or journalists inside the venues. Instead, written articles and videos will be produced from outside the stadiums. The company believes that if it agrees to the news access rules, it will be more restricted in the video content it can produce.