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Efforts urged to create favorable press environment
Updated: 2008-03-13

(BEIJING, March 13) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang on Thursday urged foreign press members to do their part to create a favorable news coverage environment in China.

To honor its commitment in the bid for the right to host the Olympic Games, the Chinese government started on January 1, 2007 to implement the "Regulations On Reporting Activities in China by Foreign Journalists During the Beijing Olympic Games and the Preparatory Period."

With a serious attitude toward the implementation of the Regulations, concerned government agencies and local governments have made great efforts to earnestly carry them out. "Any unbiased journalist will feel that a freer press coverage environment is available to foreign journalists now and they enjoy more facilities and services in China today," Qin said at a regular press conference?

Generally speaking, he noted, the Regulations have been carried out well since they were put into force, and the move was commended by the international community, including foreign governments and media. However, there were some problems, Qin said, explaining that it takes time to carry out the Regulations in depth as conditions vary in different places in view of the country's vast territory and big population. On the other hand, some foreign journalists need to rethink profoundly about their behaviors. Many cases of resistance to press coverage were caused by violations of the Regulations by some journalists, or their insistence for interviews against the interviewees' will.

In violating journalistic ethics, Qin said, some media members even distorted facts and fabricated stories. "So both of us need to do our best to efficiently carry out the Regulations with an aim at improving press conditions in China and making news coverage acceptable to more organizations," Qin added.

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The Nine Network Australia and FOXTEL today announced they had jointly secured the exclusive broadcast rights (terrestrial TV, subscription TV, Mobile and internet) from the International Olympic Committee for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The landmark deal will see Nine and FOXTEL partner to deliver Australians the most comprehensive coverage of the winter and summer Olympics ever seen on free-to-air and subscription television.

The Nine/FOXTEL deal includes live rights for free-to-air, HD Channel programming and subscription television, as well as internet and mobile rights.

Nine Network Australia Chief Executive Officer David Gyngell said the bid for the Olympic broadcasting was another step in a process to take Nine back to its position as the leading free-toair broadcaster in Australia.

“The bid for the Olympic rights underscores the longer term commitment to the Network and the preparedness to invest in content.”

Mr Gyngell said the coverage on Nine would be comprehensive and exciting.

“We believe the London Olympics will be a great event – London is a solid cultural fit with our viewing audiences and will achieve strong ratings particularly with the historical links in sporting and cultural terms between Australia and the United Kingdom.

“We believe winning the rights to broadcast the Olympics sends a powerful message that Nine is on the way back,” he added.

PBL Media Chief Executive Officer Ian Law said: “The bid for the Olympics had the strong support of the board as it demonstrated the longer term approach being taken to rebuild Nine across arrange of demographic groups.

“It clearly demonstrates a commitment to the business – both in terms of its people and content,”he said.

FOXTEL Chief Executive Kim Williams AM said: “FOXTEL will compliment Nine’s comprehensive free-to air coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics by delivering our subscribers an expanded coverage that will provide an unparalleled choice of whole live strands of Olympic competition and an entirely new viewing experience fitting for the finest of all international sports events.

“Not only will FOXTEL provide dedicated extra channels, we will broadcast many elements of our coverage in high definition, which together with the FOXTEL iQ disc drive set-top units, FOXTEL Mobile and Broadband will give our subscribers the ultimate control, choice and personalisation of how they watch, share and celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics.”

The bid for the Olympics was lodged in Lausanne by David Gyngell, Jeffrey Browne and Gary Fenton from Nine, and Kim Williams and Peter Campbell from FOXTEL.

Full details on how the Nine/FOXTEL partnership and programming offer will operate will be released progressively leading into the marketing of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.

AUDIO GRABS: Broadcast quality audio grabs of FOXTEL Chief Executive, Kim Williams will be available at www.mediagame.com.au.


Further information: Arabella Gibson Nine Network Australia Director of Corporate Communications (02) 9282 8884

Brendon Moo FOXTEL Senior Executive Publicity (02) 9813 7390


The Nine Network has long been Australia’s top-rating commercial television network. Its backboneis the three television stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, along with the newly acquired regional broadcaster, NBN, and agreements with other regional operators.

The Nine Network’s strength and consistency comes from its extensive news and current affairs coverage, rights to broadcast popular sporting events and its slate of entertainment and lifestyle programs.

The Nine Network continues to set benchmarks in news and sports coverage with multi award winning shows including 60 Minutes, Today, Sunday, A Current Affair and Wide World of Sports.

Originally established in 1956 as Nine Network, it was separately listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as Network Nine Australia Limited from 1990 until 1994.

That same year, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited was created through the merger of Nine and the then separately listed ACP Magazines. The Nine Network is now 100% owned by PBL Media Pty Limited, a joint venture between CVC Asia Pacific Limited and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.


FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than 1.443 million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL provides subscribers with a digital service that delivers over 100 channels of news, sport, general entertainment, movies, documentaries, music and children’s programming. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (25%).

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