26 Aug 2011

Snedden hopeful media dispute will be resolved

6:40 pm on 26 August 2011

Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden is confident the dispute between the International Rugby Board and major Australian media outlets will be resolved before the tournament starts.

There is a disagreement between the IRB and Australian news organisations News Ltd and Fairfax Media over two issues regarding the use of video, while the Australian Associated Press is in discussions with the sport's governing body over the wording of the accreditation documents.

Unless an agreement is reached, journalists and photgraphers from those organisations could be shut out of games.

Mr Snedden believes the issues will be resolved before the tournament starts on September 9, when the All Blacks take on Tonga.

Prime Minister John Key said it would be disappointing if the World Cup received less exposure because Australian media outlets weren't accredited and didn't exclude the possibility of intervening, though Mr Snedden doubted that would happen.