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Continued anger over Glasgow 2014 media internet costs

Continued anger over Glasgow 2014 media internet costs

International sports journalists’ association AIPS hits out over “unacceptable” Commonwealth Games internet rate cards

The international association for sport journalists AIPS has labelled continued plans to charge press for internet access at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as “inexcusable”.

In March, Glasgow 2014 revealed a rate card of £95 for wireless media internet, £70 for access to the MyGamesInfo results service and £265 for photographers.

AIPS has since described the costs as “unacceptable”, with a piece by AIPS executive committee member Evelyn Watta published on Thursday indicating that the planned charges are still to be enforced.

“The organisers have spurned calls to abolish the £95 wireless media internet service fee for journalists…” wrote Watta.

“It is inexcusable that in this era, even where free internet for media is widely accepted as a basic provision for journalists at major sporting events, the organisers in Glasgow are bent on profiteering from the 1500 accredited press men and women cleared to cover the Games.

“AIPS made it clear to the chief executive officer of the Games David Grevemberg that it was an unacceptable to have internet rate cards at the Games for a service that was provided for free at the recent Sochi Olympics and will also be offered at no cost at the World Cup in Brazil.

“‘We have endeavored to keep costs to a reasonable level given that this event is 80% public funded,’ was Grevemberg’s defense to the rate card,” the piece continued.

There was also a charge for media internet access at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, though the facility was free at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and recent Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

You can read more on the AIPS response to the charges here.

» An earlier version of this article mentioned Virgin Media’s link as one of Glasgow 2014’s main sponsors. Virgin Media is providing free internet for the public at some key sites but is not supplying the internet to the media centre during the Games.

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