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The IOC has established a quota of “E” (press) accreditations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 which will be distributed by National Olympic Committees (NOC) to press organisations in their country.
The total quota has been set at 3,000 the same figure that was set for Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.
Press accreditation for the Olympic Games is allocated only to media professionals.
Written and photographic press wishing to apply for accreditation for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 should contact the National Olympic Committee in the country in which their organisation is based. Click here for the contact details of your NOC. The accreditation process for non rights holding radio/television organisations will be managed directly by the IOC. Further details on this process can be found by clicking on non rights holding organisations on the right hand side of this page.
The allocation of press accreditations within a country is the responsibility of the National Olympic Committees. It is not the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee or the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee.
The press accreditation process for PyeongChang 2018 will officially start in June 2016 when the IOC will officially notify all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their press accreditation quota allocations.
IMPORTANT KEY DATES
IOC notifies all NOCs of their press accreditation allocation for Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
June – September 2016
Press wishing to apply for accreditation should contact their NOC during this period
10 October 2016
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee for (POCOG) distributes Press by Number forms and related publications to NOCs via extranet
8-10 November 2016
First World Press Briefing PyeongChang 2018
10 February 2017
Deadline for NOCs to return the completed Press by Number forms to POCOG and inform the press organisations within their territory of their accreditation allocations
9 June 2017
POCOG distributes the Press by Name accreditation application forms and associated Press Operations publications to NOCs that have returned their Press by Number forms
8 September 2017
Deadline for NOCs to return the completed Press by Name forms to POCOG, listing the names of each press representative they have agreed to accredit
POCOG distributes the non-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to NOCs.
NOCs distribute the OIACs to their accredited press organisations
9 January 2018
The OIAC will act as a visa to enter Korea
9 - 25 February 2018
Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
Please see below the description for each press accreditation category:
JOURNALIST: Journalist, editor, photographic editor, employed or contracted by an international or national news agency, a general daily newspaper, a sports newspaper, magazine or internet site, a digital journalist, or independent or freelance journalist under contract.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Photographer meeting the same criteria as defined for category “E”
TECHNICIAN: Technician, meeting the same criteria as defined for category “E”
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
Non-rights holding broadcasting organisation: Member of a non-rights holding radio and/or television organisation.
Applications were available between 10 October and 15 November 2016. Due to the limited number of accreditations available in this category, application deadlines will be strictly observed.
ENR organisations have the full responsibility to apply to the IOC for accreditation within the required period. Applications have closed at midnight on 15 November 2016 and late requests will not be considered.
A submitted application does not mean that the request itself was successful. The IOC will notify all applicants (successful and unsuccessful) at the end of January 2017.
Successfully accredited ENR organisations will be sent a copy of the Television and Radio News Access Rules by the IOC together with an Undertaking. ENR accreditation is conditional upon signed acceptance of the IOC’s News Access Rules. The ENR organisation must indicate their acceptance of and to act in conformity with the News Access Rules by signing and returning the Undertaking to the IOC (date to be confirmed). Without the signed Undertaking, it will not be possible to validate your accreditation.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) will send successfully accredited organizations, the Press by Name accreditation form on 9 June 2017.
The Press by Name accreditation form has to be completed, with the names of the accredited persons nominated by the ENR organisation to cover the Games, and returned to POCOG by 8 September 2017. POCOG will send Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) directly to ENR accredited organisations in November 2017.
10 October – 15 November 2016
Submission period for ENR Accreditation on the IOC website www.olympic.org/accred2018
End of January 2017
The IOC will inform both successful and unsuccessful ENR applicants of its accreditation decision. The IOC will confirm the accreditation quota to the successful organisations and will send them the News Access Rules and the ENR Undertaking.
The IOC will also advise all accredited ENR organisations about the process for reserving accommodation and obtaining the relevant information publications through the PyeongChang Organising Committee.
To Be Confirmed
Deadline for ENR organisations to return the signed Undertaking to the IOC
POCOG will send the Press by Name accreditation forms to ENR organisations that have returned their signed Undertaking forms to the IOC.
Deadline for the return of Press by Name forms to POCOG.
POCOG Accreditation Department sends out the non-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to all ENR accredited organisations.
9 – 25 February 2018
Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
The broadcast of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to be held between 9 -25 February 2018, is subject to and protected by full IOC copyright. Only those organisations that have been granted the right by the IOC to broadcast the Olympic Games for a particular territory (“Rights Holders”) may do so.
To protect the exclusive rights of the Rights Holders, but to also respect the requirements of the Olympic Charter regarding the fullest coverage by the different media and the widest possible audience in the world for the Olympic Games, the IOC recognises the need for broadcast organisations who do not own the right to broadcast the Olympic Games (“Non-rights holders” / “ENR”) to have limited access to Olympic Material, for news purposes, in accordance with the IOC’s News Access Rules.
These rules apply to all forms of broadcasting, including television (including free-to-air and Pay television, including digital channels, digital multi-channels and services such as “News Active” or “Sports Active”), Internet, Mobile Platform and other interactive media or electronic medium, and radio.
The IOC will directly grant “ENR” accreditation to a limited number of bona fide non-rights holders for this purpose. These accreditations give access to all Olympic venues but under specific conditions. Non-rights holders are strictly forbidden from taking professional video equipment into Olympic Venues or from filming, recording or broadcasting from within Olympic Venues, except as outlined in the News Access Rules.
The News Access Rules define the type and quantity of coverage a non-rights holder can broadcast for news purposes within its territory (3 x 2 x 3), which can only be broadcast in a regularly scheduled news programme.
Notwithstanding the above, accredited non-rights holders are permitted to take and use professional video equipment into the Main Press Centre (MPC) and may broadcast, via the Internet, all or portions of press conferences that take place in the MPC, without any territorial restrictions, provided that there is a delay of at least thirty minutes from the conclusion of the press conference.
ENR accreditations do not qualify for tickets for high demand events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The IOC will strongly protect the exclusive broadcast rights of the Rights Holders. The accreditations of any organisation or person(s) accredited at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 may be withdrawn without notice, at the discretion of the IOC, for purposes of ensuring compliance with the News Access Rules.
The News Access Rules applicable for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be posted here in the summer of 2017.
If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact IOC Media Operations who directly manages the ENR accreditation process at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Korean journalist/photographer. How do I apply for accreditation?
Accreditation for media organisations based in Korea is allocated by the Korean Olympic Committee and your organisation should contact them at email@example.com not the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee.
For all journalists working abroad for example in a bureau, 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
Do I need to apply for a visa if I am accredited for the Olympic Games in PyeongChang?
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 Korea.
How can I find accommodation in Korea?
If your press accreditation is confirmed, the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games will send you a media accommodation 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 PyeongChang 2018 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 into 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 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games?
Further information will be available on PyeongChang’s extranet shortly