South Korea's Seoul Broadcasting System broadcast an exclusive Olympics report yesterday, showing footage of the games' opening ceremony rehearsal. Beijing was not pleased. Like Internet access there, video footage is being highly restricted, despite claims of open press. So when SBS broadcast the footage, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (let's just call it BOCOG, k?) quickly moved to get the clip stripped from any video sharing site. Indeed, multiple versions of the footage have already been yanked off YouTube. But how SBS even obtained the advanced video is still anyone's guess. BOCOG insists it was "obtained through irregular means" and SBS had "not acted in conformance with professional ethics." SBS has a different take.
SBS, which secured the rights to broadcast the four Olympics from 2010-16 inside North and South Korea, says: "SBS did not report an official rehearsal with an off-the-record embargo. SBS just reported practicing scenes of the opening ceremony. There was no other intention than to elevate the Olympic excitement by showing the grandeur of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony to Koreans in advance. We regret if the report made Bocog displeased."
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