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ICC publishes news access regulations for Cricket World Cup 2015

MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today released its News Access Regulations for broadcasters in India intending to report on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (and its warm-up matches), which will be staged across 14 venues in Australia and New Zealand from 10 February to 29 March 2015.

News broadcasters may broadcast a maximum total of five and a half minutes of footage a day during news programmes.

The broadcast of any footage may be repeated during a news day, and any permitted repeat shall not count towards the maximum total, provided always that (i) the total number of broadcasts of such footage is restricted to a maximum of two exhibitions per hour of broadcasting; and (ii) no more than five and a half minutes of footage (whether the first broadcast of any such footage or any repeat thereof) may be broadcast per hour of broadcasting.

The use of live footage by a news broadcaster is not permitted at any time under any circumstances. There must be a minimum of at least 30 minutes delay following the broadcast of any live footage by the official/host broadcaster before any extract of such footage may be used by the designated news broadcaster.

However, news broadcasters are permitted to interrupt regular news programmes and/or other news programmes to broadcast footage using the caption ‘Breaking News’ or such equivalent, only for a period not exceeding 15 seconds and for no more than one exhibition of footage within 30 minutes following the broadcast of such live footage by the official/host broadcaster, to report the achievement of an important personal milestone by a player (for example, a hat-trick of wickets falling, 100 wickets being taken, or 1,000 runs being scored), or other exceptional events that may occur during any match day. For the avoidance of doubt, any such exceptional use shall count towards the maximum limits of usage of footage.

News broadcasters are not permitted to use any footage to make their own compilation or ‘mix’ the footage with footage from other television events, sports events, documentaries, interviews, etc. No use of any footage is permitted in any circumstances for any commercial purposes. The news broadcaster shall not carry any advertising, sting, logo, graphic and/or any other commercial activity (including on a ticker) whatsoever immediately before, immediately after, or during the broadcast of footage (or any clip thereof) in a news programme and no association shall be created, suggested or implied between the use of footage and any third-party brand or product. No footage shall be broadcast within a news programme or other news programme that shows any advertisement, including on a ticker.

News programmes or other news programmes that use footage are not permitted to have a ‘title’ or other sponsor, and no advertisement may be used or repeated in the regular advertising breaks during the news programme or other news programme in such a manner as to create, suggest or imply an association between the advertiser and the footage or the event.

News broadcasters shall not carry any advertising, sting, logo, graphic or any other commercial activity, including on a ticker, immediately before, immediately after or during any ‘player-of-the-day’, ‘event-of-the-day’, ‘image-of-the-day’ or similar feature relating to the event.

To ensure complete fulfilment of the News Access Regulations, the ICC will be appointing a media agency to monitor compliance with the regulations. In the event of any non-compliance, the ICC will take legal action against the non-compliant party; such action may include issuing proceedings and/or seeking injunctive relief.