CGF set to restore Nine's accreditation after ceremony rehearsal breach
Games - 04 Apr 2018
Nine Network, the Australian commercial broadcaster whose accreditation for the Commonwealth Games beginning in Gold Coast today was suspended after it illicitly showed footage of the opening ceremony rehearsal, was expected to be re-accredited after the opening ceremony taking place today.
Rival broadcaster Seven Network is the official games rights-holder and host broadcaster in Australia, but the withdrawal of accreditation meant that Nine has been unable to show any news clips of games preparations.
Nine, which had described broadcasting the footage as an “error,” said that it has received notification that its accreditation will be restored at 7am, local time, on Wednesday.
Mark Peters, the chief executive of Gold Coast 2018, had said: “They broke our news access rules so there has to be a consequence the same way there’s a consequence for athletes and officials.”
Meanwhile, the progress of the Queen’s Baton Relay which preceded the games was interrupted yesterday by indigenous protesters who claimed that Great Britain’s royal family should have asked them for permission to visit “stolen” land.
One protester told Seven: “We don’t want nothing of the Commonwealth here. They’ve stolen the land, built this country on stolen wages, built this country on the blood and bones of our people.
“And it’s about time that history is acknowledged and about time that the royal families who are responsible for it all - that they come down here and get at our level and ask to be here on our country. That’s what needs to happen.”
The protest was staged under the banner ‘Stolenwealth Games’.
• The Commonwealth Games Federation Court has recommended a “strong written reprimand” for an Indian boxing team doctor at the games who was found to have breached the ‘no-needle’ policy after hypodermic needles were found in a plastic bottle in a clinic at the weekend.
Needles are banned without specific medical exemptions as part of the fight against doping.