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PRESS ACCREDITATION FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES LONDON 2012 All you need to know

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What are the different categories of press accreditation?

Accreditation category  Description
E JOURNALIST: Journalist, editor, photographic editor employed or contracted by a world news agency, national agency, general daily newspaper, sports daily, sport magazine or periodical, internet sites and social media networks or independent/freelance journalist under contract
Es SPORT SPECIFIC JOURNALIST:  Journalist specializing in a sport on the Olympic Games program, meeting the same criteria as defined for category “E”
EP PHOTOGRAPHER: Photographer meeting the same criteria as defined for category “E”
EPs SPORT SPECIFIC PHOTOGRAPHER:  Photographer specializing in a sport on the Olympic Games program, meeting the same criteria as defined in category “E”
ET TECHNICIAN:  Technician, meeting the same criteria as defined for category “E”
Ec SUPPORT STAFF: Support staff (office assistant, interpreter, etc).  Access to Main Press Centre (MPC) only.  Assigned only to press groups or organisations that have reserved a private office space in the MPC
ENR Non-rights holding broadcasting organisation: Member of a non-rights holding radio and/or television organisation.

I am a British journalist/photographer working in London. How do I apply for accreditation?

Accreditation for media organisations based in Britain is allocated by the British Olympic Association.  Your organisation should contact boa@boa.org.uk (see the website www.olympics.org.uk)

If, however, you work in a bureau in Britain but your organisation is based in another country, then accreditation must be requested by your head office from the NOC of the country in which the organisation is based i.e. Xinhua journalists based in London receive their accreditations from head office in Beijing.

Do I need to apply for a visa if I am accredited for the Olympic Games in London?

If you are granted media accreditation you will receive an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) before the Games.  This will serve as your visa into the United Kingdom.

How can I find accommodation in London?

If your press accreditation is confirmed, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) will send you a media accommodations guide detailing the accommodation options that are available for accredited media only.  Deadlines apply for reserving accommodation.

Do you provide accreditation for new media or Internet organisations?

The IOC has accepted the accreditation of Internet and new media organisations since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.  They are included in the NOC quotas and the same professional standards apply for all applicants.  Internet and new media organisations interested in accreditation for London 2012 should contact their National Olympic Committee.

What are news access rules?

News Access Rules apply to television and radio broadcasting by non-rights holding broadcast organisations (ENRs). Accredited ENRs can access all competition venues and the Main Press Centre, but under specific conditions as outlined in the News Access Rules.

News Access Rules are designed to protect the exclusivity of broadcasters who have paid for rights, while permitting fair access for ENRs to broadcast news highlights for news purposes. The News Access Rules clearly outline the rules that apply to coverage by ENR organisations, as well as venue access rules and restrictions within the Host City.

If your organisation is granted ENR accreditation, it is obliged to sign an Undertaking on behalf of the organisation and all persons accredited by the organisation to abide by the News Access Rules.

If I am granted a non-rights holding ENR accreditation, am I allowed to film in Olympic Venues ?

Non-rights holders are not allowed to take professional video equipment into Olympic Venues or from filming, recording or broadcasting from within Olympic Venues as outlined in the News Access Rules.  Accredited non-rights holders are permitted to take and use professional video equipment in the Main Press Centre (MPC) and may broadcast, via the Internet, all or portions of press conferences that take place in the MPC, without territorial restrictions, provided there is a delay of thirty minutes from the conclusion of the press conference.

What are High Demand Events?

When media numbers exceed the seating capacity of the venue media facilities, typically the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the finals sessions of swimming and other specific events or competition sessions, these ‘High Demand Events’ will be ticketed for the written and photographic press.  The allocation and distribution of tickets to the press for High Demand Events is implemented by IOC Media Operations and is administered through the IOC Media Operations Ticketing Office located at the Main Press Centre.  The IOC distributes the high demand event tickets to nominated delegates from the National Olympic Committees who are responsible for the allocation of tickets.  The specific events that will be ticketed will be announced closer to the Games.

As a non-rights holder, will I have access to all events?

ENR holders do not qualify for tickets for high demand events, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Are accreditations transferable?

Accreditations are not transferable and can only be issued to one person to cover the Games. 

How do I find out more about the facilities and services available to the press at the London 2012 Olympic Games?

Information about the facilities and services for the media at the London 2012 Olympic Games can be found at the London 2012 Organising Committee Press Operations extranet at www.london2012.com/pressoperations.

For further information about accreditation for the London 2012 Olympic Games please contact the IOC at media.operations@olympic.org