BBC reaches agreement with Olympics on overseas ban

 
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The BBC has reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the international streaming of some of its radio shows.

The Today Programme on Radio Four was unavailable to listeners outside the UK on Friday, as it was broadcast from inside the Olympic park.

Overseas listeners can normally tune in live on the internet or on iPlayer.

The IOC, which holds international broadcast rights from Olympic venues, will now allow access to some shows.

Restrictions had been placed on Chris Evans' Breakfast Show as it is being broadcast from the Olympic park in east London for the duration of the games.

However, following discussions between the BBC and the IOC, it has been agreed that there is no need to block international streams of certain shows, including Radio Two's popular breakfast programme.

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Radio Four programmes with a wide news agenda will also be free to broadcast to international listeners.

All programmes on Radio Five Live - except the news programme Up All Night - will remain available only in the UK as they will be devoted to the games.

Mark Friend, head of online services for BBC Audio and Music said: "Unfortunately there are some types of content where we are restricted from distributing overseas, usually because of sports rights.

"The impact of this will be very noticeable throughout the Olympic games because the BBC has the rights to broadcast from Olympic venues only to the UK."

In some cases, when only sections of shows are broadcast from an Olympics site, the BBC said it may be possible to block the Olympics segment and make the rest of the programme available to international audiences.

However, programmes featuring substantial amounts of Olympics content will be blocked, as there are not sufficient resources to edit them.

When an entire programme or a shorter segment is unavailable to overseas listeners, they will hear a message informing them of the rights restrictions in place.

 

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    Comment number 65.

    I wish people would just listen to the organisation.
    ALL the contributors who bought or were given free seats in the expensive section, believe they are being utilized correctly.

    This tends to an ultimate postulation: If the expensive seats had not been sold at all would there be just as many vacated spaces?

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    Comment number 64.

    All this commercialism takes over the intent of the original games.

    It's very unpleasant when the "mine all mine all mine" gets a grip and the ICO shows the world that it is theirs... in the form of empty seats and (allegedly) the chief executive of Sport Wales is asked to leave the aquatics centre despite there being empty seats.

    The greatest show on earth... makes some spectacle of itself

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    Comment number 63.

    I'm sure some smart whizz kid will be able to straem live onto something like you-tube....come on the NERDS....olypian style..

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    Comment number 62.

    I think there is too much nit picking and rules from the ICO.

    Nice to hear that the BBC and ICO have managed to come to amicable terms and there is no communication problem.

    Talking of communications problems, I heard that Wembley Vista went down and people could not buy food or drink without cash payments.
    Pity then Vista's monopoly - no alternative machines available (no food or drink). BAD!

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    Comment number 61.

    I'm interested in all those empty seats. The explanations sound like attempts to hide the possibility that the vast majority has to be due to a sheer lack of interest

    Demand being way greater than the initial supply, but relatively low afterwards. Maybe we are seeing the logical consequence of relatively low levels of interest...empty seats.

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    Comment number 60.

    //rachelm
    1 Hour ago
    Personally very happy to be able to listen to the BBC. Tuned from france via internet friday and was v. disappointed not to be able to enjoy the Chris Evans show. It's bad enough I have to watch coverage with a french bias!//

    As opposed to a British bias, then?

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    Comment number 59.

    Could the BBC not simply ensure that all coverage and even mention of the Olympics is rigorously excluded from radio broadcasts? Not only would foreigners then be able to listen but I might even tune in myself.

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    Comment number 58.

    Kenny255

    Why should BBC radio 4 be available to people outside of the UK anyway,

    ++++++++
    And you just can't stop those totally stupid radio waves going round the world in whatever direction they want to.
    (New my Physics HNC would be useful one day)

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    Comment number 57.

    I live in Germany and was very annoyed to wake up to a message on short repeat telling me that I could not listen. as I was not in the UK, no reason for why.

    Now I know why I would have not been annoyed. As "Today" would have just talked of the Olympics. It is becoming clear if you want world news (I use at least 5 providers to avoid bias) we must discount the BBC until the Olympics are over.

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    Comment number 56.

    "53.MagicKirin
    what makes you think most of the world want to watch anything on the BBC"

    I'm only going by the news report on this page plus comments here that not being able to get their regular dose of BBC radio shows has been a problem for foreigners who don't pay the licesne fee, I'm asking why is the Beeb concentrating any time on them?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 55.

    BBC news and current affairs programmes should make it clear they are working under the same reporting restrictions they highlighted in Libya, Iraq and Zimbabwe.

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    Comment number 54.

    Personally very happy to be able to listen to the BBC. Tuned from france via internet friday and was v. disappointed not to be able to enjoy the Chris Evans show. It's bad enough I have to watch coverage with a french bias!!

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    Comment number 53.

    Kenny255
    57 Minutes ago
    Why should BBC radio 4 be available to people outside of the UK anyway,
    _________

    Other than BBC news and DW what makes you think most of the world want to watch anything on the BBC

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    Comment number 52.

    Spineless self jamming from the BBC. This is news not entertainment. Broadcast and be damned!

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    Comment number 51.

    The level of control demanded by the IOC is bordering on the paranoid.

    On Saturday night Channel 4 cnews was not even allowed to show Mark Cavendish's reaction to not winning his race.

    They had to read out his comments from a script.

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    Comment number 50.

    Ridiculous. I would expect this of China.

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    Comment number 49.

    LOCOG are out of control - who gave them so many powers to restrict broadcasting, restrict traffic and even restrict our freedom of movement. Someone (and I realise it won't be this impotent little government) should rein them in before they do any more damage to the economy and our freedom.

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    Comment number 48.

    Be honest...its the Olympics...is anyone surprised? I admire the dedication and discipline of the athletes but hope this is the last Olympics held anywhere.

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    Comment number 47.

    This is only what is expected. All international and national sport (eg Premier League Football) is subject to the rules of business. Broadcasting rights is product the BBC has to bid and pay for like anyone else. I live abroad and am constantly amazed at how much radio coverage from the BBC that I do get at no personal cost. If you want to complain, complain to the IOC. They make the rules

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    Comment number 46.

    @34 - Take it up with the IOC. French is the offical language of the IOC as it was founded by a Frenchman. Nothing strange in that.

 

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