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23 Apr 2010
Olympic News

The IOC has established a quota of “E” (press) accreditations for the London 2012 Olympic Games which will be distributed by National Olympic Committees (NOC) to press organisations in their territory. The total quota has been set at 5,600, the same figure that was set for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Press accreditation for the Olympic Games is allocated only to media professionals.

Written and photographic press wishing to apply for accreditation for the London 2012 Olympic Games 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 allocation of press accreditations within a territory is the responsibility of National Olympic Committees.  It is not the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee or the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

27 July 2010 IOC notifies all NOCs of their press accreditation allocation for London 2010
August 2010 – January 2011 Press wishing to apply for accreditation should contact their NOC
27 February 2011 Press by Number forms sent to NOCs by London 2012, including the Media Guide, Accommodation Guide, Rate Card and Freight and Shipping Guide
27 May 2011 NOCs return the completed Press by Number forms to London 2012 and inform the press organisations within their territory of their accreditation allocations
27 October 2011 Press by Name forms sent to NOCs by London 2012
27 January 2012 NOCs return the completed Press by Name forms to London 2012, listing the names of each press representative they have agreed to accredit
April 2012 London 2012 distributes non-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to National Olympic Committees to send to their press organizations.  The OIAC will act as a visa to enter the United Kingdom.
27 July – 12 August 2012  London 2012 Olympic Games



Applications for ENR accreditation for non-rights holding television and radio broadcasting organisations to cover the Olympic Games in London in 2012 will be available on the IOC website between 15 March and 31 May 2011.

ENR organisations have the full responsibility to apply to the IOC for accreditation within the required period.  Applications will close on 31 May 2011 and late applications will not be considered.  The IOC will notify all applicants (successful and unsuccessful) in July 2011. 

Before receiving an ENR accreditation, non-rights holding broadcasting organisations must indicate their acceptance of the Television and Radio News Access Rules for the Olympic Games in London 2012 by signing an undertaking in advance.  Without the signed undertaking, accreditation will not be granted.

Successful applicants for ENR accreditation will be sent the Press by Name accreditation forms, Media Guide, Accommodation Guide, Rate Card and Freight and Shipping Guide by LOCOG in October 2011 and the key timelines above will apply.

The IOC directly manages the ENR accreditation process and any further questions can be directed to


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, sports internet side 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 (see the website

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.

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

LOCOG is holding a World Press Briefing in London from 2-4 August 2010 and in 2011 (date TBC). Information about the briefing and the facilities and services for the media at the London 2012 Olympic Games can be found at the London 2012 Press Operations extranet.  Go to, enter your details, choose a password and hit ‘request access'.

For further information about accreditation for the London 2012 Olympic Games please contact

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