6 Aug 2011

Media row set to disrupt Premier League coverage

7:03 am on 6 August 2011

A deepening row between English football leagues and the country's newspapers and news agencies is threatening to disrupt coverage of the new season after key talks over media rights broke down.

The row, which follows similar disputes in recent years in other sports, is centred around how quickly photographers can publish photos when at a game and how live online commentary can be handled.

The media groups believe the rules are out of date at a time when members of the public can access sites such as Twitter and the photo site Flickr during games.

News agencies also object to the obligation that media clients who use their pictures from a match have to pay the authorities for a licence to do so.

The two sides have failed to agree terms despite holding talks for several months, with the news organisations charging that the Premier League wants to place highly restrictive limits on the use of news and pictures produced at matches.

The Football League, which includes the lower professional leagues, starts a new season this weekend and the Premier League begins on August 14th.