BBC says it can separate News and Sport in Beijing

The BBC says its editorial integrity will not be compromised by the corporation’s position as a sports rights holder at the Beijing Olympic Games, according to a report on

“The editorial integrity of news cannot be compromised by the fact that we are also the rights holder. There’s sport and there’s news – our coverage is about covering the event,” Claire Stocks, the BBC’s interactive editor of Olympic sports, said.

“We can’t get away from the fact that we have to reflect that this is a huge news story as well, but it’s not like you can have a sports journalist reporting on a news story. You have to keep that division.”

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