IOC: Some Progress On TV Coverage After Meeting

From AP:

International Olympic Committee officials say they have made progress resolving complaints about Chinese measures which threaten coverage of the Beijing Games for billions of viewers.

“There has been some progress in the last two weeks, I can tell you that,” IOC member Kevan Gosper told The Associated Press on Monday following a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, with IOC president Jacques Rogge. “But I can’t say we are there yet.”

In winning the games seven years ago, China promised the IOC that would be free to report as they have at other games. With 7 1/2 weeks to go before the opening Aug. 8, TV broadcasters are battling China’s communist government and security officials for permission to move reporters, equipment and trucks freely around the sprawling city.

“I would not describe this as being at a crisis level,” Gosper added in the telephone interview. “Obviously, there are anxieties. But I don’t believe we are at a point where there will be a breakdown or threat (to the games).”

Read also TV in the dark over live Beijing broadcasts by Nick Mulvenney.

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