Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic ban stops BBC Radio 4 news shows being streamed internationally

Listeners outside the UK will not receive Radio 4 news shows online for the duration of the London 2012 Games due to media rights agreement with IOC

The International Olympic Committee is being blamed for preventing Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live fans on holiday abroad from listening online to BBC shows, including Today and PM, for the duration of the London 2012 Games.

None of Radio 4's news programmes will be available to listen to internationally, apart from some non-Games related elements of Today, because the corporation's media rights agreement with the IOC bars it from broadcasting anything online outside the UK from the Olympic Park or other Olympic venues.

The IOC ban will also hit Radio 5 Live news shows being broadcast live from London 2012 venues, including Live Olympic Breakfast, for the duration of the Games.

It is too complicated – and expensive – for the programmes to be re-edited for the international audience because of the amount of Olympics content involved, so the programmes affected have been taken offline permanently for the duration of the Games, according to a BBC spokesman, with the exception of Today.

As a result, holidaying Radio 4 listeners will have to go without many of the station's regular news programmes for the duration of the London Games, which officially starts on Friday evening and runs until Sunday 12 August.

(Source : The Guardian, UK)

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