Beijing, broadcasters reach deal on Olympics coverage

Chinese organizers have apparently lifted some restrictions on TV crews for the Beijing Olympics.

An Associated Press report also said a meeting Wednesday, just over four weeks before the games open, was billed as the final face-to-face encounter among top IOC officials, broadcasters and Beijing organizers to resolve TV coverage away from the sports venues.

Key issues included moving satellite trucks freely around the sprawling city, access to venues like Tiananmen Square, frequency allocations and clear rules about filming, the Associated Press report said.

'We welcome the confirmations given today by BOCOG to broadcasters that they will be able to report and broadcast via satellite from around the city,' International Olympic Committee spokeswoman Giselle Davies, quoted by the report, said.

BOCOG is the acronym for the Beijing organizing committee.

The IOC said satellite trucks will be allowed to report live throughout Beijing and other co-host cities. It said 'frequencies "&brkbar; and licenses for all broadcasters _ presented to date _ will be approved.'

Live broadcasting from Tiananmen Square will be permitted, but on a restricted time schedule, the Associated Press report said.

Right holders like NBC, the US network paying hundreds of millions to broadcast these games, have been at loggerheads for months with China's communist government, which fears TV cameras and 30,000 journalists will highlight protests by political or religious activists, or air interviews with athletes or dissidents speaking out against China's policies in Tibet or Darfur, the report further said.

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