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TELEVISION WITHOUT FRONTIERS DIRECTIVE : STAKEHOLDERS REACT TO PLANNED SHORT SPORTS NEWS REPORTS LEGISLATION.

Last week, MEPs broadly backed Commission proposals that will oblige broadcasters to allow other broadcasters throughout the EU to have access to short news reports of major events, including sports events, in news programmes.aAmong their recommendations are that the reports should not be transmitted before the event concludes, should not be used to create a public archive and that the secondary broadcaster should show the logo of the local producing broadcaster.

Ahead of the European Council's deliberations in early 2007, the General Director of the Association of Commercial TV in Europe, Ross Biggam, described all the safeguards raised by MEPs as 'important protections against potential abuse of the news access system' and said they should be retained.

The Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Reuters, Henry Manisty, said the creation of a short news right was 'an important step forward'.

Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director of the European Publishers Council, was also enthusiastic but added that 'the question of access to major events continues to cause problems for publishers as events organisers exert pressure on journalists and photographers via the accreditation process to impose terms and conditions relating to the subsequent use of any editorial content following the event'.

A legal advisor from the European Broadcasting Union said that it would be best if the rule only applied for cross-border situations and did not interfere with national news access regimes, given that broadcasters will already have access to short news reports from national broadcasters for major events. For EBU, the rule is more suitable for cases where, for example, a player from a given country unexpectedly wins a competition taking place elsewhere and that country's broadcaster wants to run a short news report on this victory.

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