Producers Handbook

The Sports News Access Code

Shortly after the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 came into force and following legal proceedings between the BBC and Sky, broadcasters agreed a code of conduct in relation to the use of eachothers' sports footage. This agreement was named the "Sports News Access Code" and Channel 4 is a signatory. This means that most sports footage cannot be fair dealt and can only be used in accordance with the provisions of the Sport News Access Code.

For detailed advice regarding the Sports News Access Code, please refer to the legal & compliance department.

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