Andy Potts Andy Potts
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KHL.ru announces the key rules for journalists accredited to work at KHL games in the 2020-2021 season. These rules have changed in response to the coronavirus situation and are designed to prioritize the safety of journalists, players, coaches and club staff.

Admission of accredited media to KHL games in 2020-2021

— Media representatives with full season accreditation, or with a one-off game accreditation, are entitled to attend KHL games in the 2020-2021 season;

— To attend any game, each media representative must submit an application to the press office of the host club via the KHL media portal (media.khl.ru) no later than 24 hours before the game. This applies to holders of full season accreditation as well as applicants for a one-off accreditation;

— Space is limited. No more than 10 (ten) accredited press journalists, 7 (seven) accredited photographers and 10 (ten) accredited TV journalists will be admitted to each game;

— The press office of the host club must process all requests at least 8 (eight) hours before the start of the game and notify media representatives of the decision. In addition, a list of all media representatives attending the game must be sent to the KHL press office;

— One-time accreditations can only be offered at games where the 27 available spaces are not filled by people using full-season accreditation. If the quota is not filled, one-time accreditations can be offered up to the limits defined above. Each media representative must bring a passport and be included on the media list for the game in question;

— All media representatives must wear protective equipment (masks and gloves) while at the sports complex. Failure to do so will result in the representative being denied admission to the building;

— To gain access to media facilities within the ‘clean zone’, representatives must have a negative COVID-19 test result using either ELISA or PCR analysis. The test must be no more than 96 hours old.

Media work zones at KHL games

Media work zones at KHL games include the press seating (1), press center (2), press conference room (3), mixed zone (4), photo and TV positions (5) and the broadcasting zone (6).

— The press seating (1) and press center (2) should be set up within the ‘dirty zone’ of the sports complex;

— The press conference room should be set up within the ‘clean zone’. If this is impossible, due to the design of the building, all press conferences should be held as video conferences;

— Photo and TV positions next to the ice (around the boards) are located in the ‘clean zone’;

— Photo and TV positions away from the ice (above the first three rows of arena seating) are located in the ‘dirty zone’;

To gain access to media facilities within the ‘clean zone’, representatives must have a negative COVID-19 test result using either ELISA or PCR analysis. The test must be no more than 96 hours old.

Testing of media representatives is the responsibility of their employers.

Procedure for media access to open training sessions on the day of a KHL game

— Open training sessions on a game day are to be held remotely via video-conferencing;

— Journalists wishing to attend an open training session on a game day must apply to the press service of the relevant club(s) not less than 24 hours in advance, copying the request to the KHL press service at media@khl.ru. The request should include contact details of the journalist(s) concerned and a provisional list of questions for the players and head coach of the team;

— Staging an open training session on game day is mandatory if there are at least 3 (three) requests from media representatives;

— If there are fewer than 3 (three) requests, an open training session may be held at the discretion of the club media service;

— The club is expected to broadcast an open training session for accredited media representatives using a Zoom channel or the club’s YouTube channel.

— A link to the broadcast must be circulated to all journalists who requested an open training session, and the KHL press service, no later than 1 hour before the start of the session;

— The broadcast should be not less than 30 minutes in duration;

— After the training session is finished, the club’s press officer or another member of the media service should conduct an online interview with at least 2 players and the head coach, based on the questions submitted by journalists at the time of the application;

— The broadcast of the online interviews must be a fair and coherent representation of those interviews;

— Media representatives can ask additional questions online;

— A link to the broadcast from the morning training session and interviews with players and the head coach must be saved before the start of the game and made available to the media on request;

— The penalties detailed in the disciplinary regulations for this article remain in force.

Staging post-game press conferences involving head coaches and accredited media representatives in the ‘clean zone’

— The press conferences for the two head coaches will be held separately from one another;

— The press conference of the visiting head coach should start five minutes after the end of the game;

— A member of the media service for the visiting team who is attending the game will ensure that the head coach is present at the post game press conference;

— The press conference of the home head coach will take place immediately after the visiting head coach;

— The post-game press conference room must be disinfected before each game. Media representatives should only access the room after the game;

— The distance between media representatives must be at least 2 (two) meters;

— The distance between media representatives and interviewees must be at least 3 (three) meters;

— After each press conference, the speakers’ seats must be sanitized;

— Clubs are permitted to put up protective screens between media representatives and interviewees;

— Clubs must provide a video broadcast of the press conference, with an opportunity for media representatives who are not in the arena to ask their own questions.

Staging post-game press conferences via video-conferencing

— In the event that a press conference room cannot operate in the ‘clean zone’, all post-game interactions with the media should take place via video conferencing;

— Clubs will organize video conferencing for media representatives in the Press Room or the Press Conference Room and provide an opportunity to ask questions;

— Clubs must ensure that media representatives who are located outside of the sports complex, but are interested in communicating with participants in the game, can be connected;

— The host club will provide a stream of the press conference of the coaches and players of both teams via Zoom or YouTube. If desired, it can be streamed on other platforms;

— Videoconferences with club representatives will be held sequentially, as described in the procedure for conducting post-game press conferences in the ‘clean zone’;

— Where possible, clubs are encouraged to consider allocating another room in the sports complex to enable post-game interviews with the host and visiting teams to take place simultaneously;

— The penalties detailed in the disciplinary regulations for this article remain in force.

Staging post-game contact between media representatives and players

— Communication between players and media representatives takes place solely in the format of a press conference. Communication in the mixed zone is prohibited;

— The organizational requirements for communication between participating players and media representatives are similar to those detailed above for press conferences involving head coaches;

— Players from the visiting team will be first to attend the press conference. The players will be chosen based on requests from media representatives;

— Visiting players should be available to talk to the media no later than 30 minutes after the end of the game;

— Home players should be available to talk to the media no later than 45 minutes after the end of the game;

— The penalties detailed in the disciplinary regulations for this article remain in force.

Face-to-face interviews

According to article 30 of the KHL’s Marketing and Communication regulations, journalists have the right to request a face-to-face interview with club representatives on days when they have no game.

— In order to meet in person, journalists must present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result using either ELISA or PCR testing. The test must be no more than 96 hours before the proposed interview. No interview can take place unless the journalist(s) can produce the necessary test result.

Technical requirements for media work zones and sports facilities during post game videoconferencing with players and coaches

— The host club must provide a high-speed wireless internet connection in media work zones and the areas for post-game communications with players and head coaches.

— The host club must provide technical support for video streams of the press conferences involving the players and head coaches of both teams. Media representatives must have the opportunity to ask questions of all participants in the press conferences.


Andy Potts Andy Potts
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