Channel 9 loses Games accreditation

The Nine Network has had its Commonwealth Games accreditation suspended after broadcasting footage of Saturday’s opening ceremony dress rehearsal.

The network broadcast footage of the rehearsal on Sunday night in what organisers deemed to be a breach of news access rules.

“Channel 9 News broadcast footage of Saturday night’s Opening Ceremony Dress Rehearsal, which breached News Access Rules and accepted industry conventions regarding confidentiality of Games ceremonial rehearsals,” the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation said in a statement.

Nine’s rival, Channel 7, has exclusive broadcast rights to the Commonwealth Games and has already promoted their commitment to presenting 320 hours of coverage across Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate.