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A South Korean TV channel breached established norms by telecasting footage of a rehearsal for the Olympic Games' opening ceremony on Tuesday.


An anchor from a South Korean TV station reports the dress rehearsal of the Beijing Olympics opening in this video grab, July 30, 2008.

The Beijing Olympics organizing committee (BOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said this Junly 31, 2008.

"We are disappointed that they did that," Sun Weide, spokesman for the BOCOG, said. Though the footage cannot give people the full picture of the grand opening ceremony, it is against universally accepted norms.

"We are investigating the incident But the TV station has done the wrong thing," Sun said.

The South Korean TV channel SBS telecast part of the rehearsal that was held on July 16. A second rehearsal was held on Wednesday, and two more are scheduled for Aug 2 and 5.

Contents of the 50-minute opening ceremony have been kept a top secret according to established Games' norms.

IOC sources said that even accredited photographers have to undertake an oath of secrecy not to let any images of the rehearsals be made public before the opening ceremony. Those who violate the oath face legal action and cancellation of their accreditation cards.

Rights-holding broadcasters are allowed to carry their cameras to the rehearsals but only to test their equipment.

Kevan Gosper, chairman of the IOC press commission, said: "Of course it's disappointing. To run that film is a breach (of rules). This has not happened before."


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