IRB and media – who gets to pick the pics?

6 09 2007

France 07

So at the time of writing, the Rugby World Cup has 1 day, 14 hours and 30 minutes before the first kickoff of the opening game between France & Argentina.

And believe it or not, there’s still a heap of contention between the International Rugby Board and the media covering the event. It all comes down to photographs.
Yup, pics.
The media coalition initially wanted the rights to publish ONE PHOTO PER SECOND of each game (are you nuts?). Whilst the IRB didn’t reject the proposal, it was treated with due disdain in a subsequent letter from the IRB to media outlets – stating that they’d be allowed to publish 40-50 photos per match. Fine.

But this is where it gets a lil’ weird… Press signing in to receive accreditation at the event in France were asked to sign terms & conditions that limited the photos to 10-12 a match.

In response to complaints from international media, IRB Communications Chief Greg Thomas seemed… confused.
“Last World Cup we allowed 5-6 a half. We have agreed to increase that 400 percent.” Ummm… Greg…
Thomas also seemed confused as to what the actual number is. 400% on 5-6 a half would be between 40-50 a match… as the original letter to media suggested. The current deal the IRB is asking the press to undertake is substantially less.

Worth noting that the IOC has no restrictions on photographs, and FIFA have removed any restrictions they once had.

IRB… get it together.
You have 38 hours and 17 minutes.

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2 responses

7 09 2007
Mark Logsdon

Yet further evidence, if any were required, that the IRB are a bunch of dufusses who have noclear understanding of the century in which they are now operating. Will Carling’s epithet for the English Board a few years ago remains apt at the IRB level. “Silly old farts”, if memory serves, or something quite close.

7 09 2007

They’ve obviously been taking lessons from the AFL who now own all the photo’s taken at each match – or however they’ve worded it.

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