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KHL.ru publishes the current rules for media representatives accredited to work at games in the 2021-2022 season. The rules have been revised in the light of the ongoing pandemic.

Media access to KHL games

  • Media representatives can attend games if they hold a full-season media accreditation, or a one-time media accreditation for the game in question;
  • To attend any game, media representatives must submit an application via the KHL media portal (media.khl.ru) to the press service of the host team no later than 12 hours before the start of the game;
  • There are limits on the number of journalists allowed to work at each game: no more than 15 (fifteen) journalists with written press accreditation, no more than 10 (ten) journalists with photo accreditation and no more than 10 (ten) journalists with TV accreditation;
  • The host team’s press service must process the applications received via the KHL media portal and inform journalists of their decision no later than six hours before the start of the game. In addition, the home team will notify the KHL’s press service of the journalists in attendance.
  • One-time accreditations can only be made available to media representatives when the quota of 35 places is not filled. In that case, media representatives can apply for one-time accreditations until that 35-place limit is filled. Each media representative must bring his or her passport and be placed on the media list for the game in question;
  • Media representatives working within sports complexes must wear a facemask at all times. In the absence of an appropriate mask, journalists will not be allowed into the building;
  • In any media zones located within the ‘safe zone’, media representatives will only be allowed access on production of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19. The test must have been taken no more than seven days before the game.

Working areas for journalists at KHL games

The working areas for journalists at KHL games include the press seating (1), the media center (2), the press conference hall (3), the mixed zone (4), photo and TV positions (5) and an area for official TV broadcasters (6).

  • The press seating (1) and media center (2) must be set up in the ‘dirty zone’ of the sports complex;
  • The press conference hall (3) should be set up in the ‘safe zone’. If this is not possible due to the lay-out of the arena, it is permissible to stage press conferences in a hall in the ‘dirty zone’ (see below for the rules about staging press conferences with the coaches of the teams after games);
  • Photo and TV positions at ice level (around the boards) are located in the ‘dirty zone’, although any position at ice level used by official TV broadcasters is in the ‘safe zone’;
  • Photo and TV positions around the arena (above the first three rows) are in the ‘dirty zone’;
  • Media representatives entering the ‘clean zone’ must show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 taken not more than seven days before the game or practice. Photographers and camera operators working in the ‘safe zone’ must wear a bib labelled ‘SAFE ZONE’

Testing of media representatives is the responsibility of the employer.

The procedure for conducting an open training session on the day of a KHL game

  • Open training session on game day will take place according to article 20, chapter 4, point 2.22 of the regulations on marketing and communication;
  • Players and coaches will be available for comment in the mixed zone. All interviews will be conducted at a distance of at least 2 meters between the journalist(s) and the interviewee(s). All media representatives must wear appropriate PPE;

The penalties relating to this article in the disciplinary regulations remain in force.

Procedure for staging post-game press conferences involving the head coaches and the accredited media

  • The press conference hall can be in the ‘dirty zone’ or the ‘safe zone’, depending on the lay-out of the arena in question;
  • Journalists can access press conference halls located in the ‘dirty zone’ after the end of the game. All media representatives must wear PPE throughout the entire press conference;
  • The head coaches will give separate press conferences, one after the other. The head coach of the visiting team will appear first;
  • The press conferences should start within five minutes of the end of the game;
  • A member of the visiting team’s media staff who is in attendance at the game is responsible for bringing the visiting head coach to the press conference;
  • The press conference of the host team’s head coach will start immediately after the visiting head coach;
  • The press conference hall must be disinfected before the start of each game;
  • There should be a distance of at least two meters between media representatives;
  • There should be a distance of at least three meters between media representatives and the head coaches;
  • After each press conference, the place for club representative must be sanitized;
  • Clubs are permitted to install a protective screen between journalists and interviewees;
  • The host club should broadcast the press conference on ZOOM and / or YouTube. Restreaming on other platforms is permitted as desired;
  • Clubs are also required to provide a video broadcast of the press conference with an opportunity for media representatives outside the arena to ask questions;
  • During online conversations, media representatives must switch on the camera on their device, so that the speakers can see who is asking the question;

The current penalties, detailed in the relevant article of the disciplinary regulations, remain in force.

Procedure for interviews between accredited media and players after the game

  • Contact between players and media representatives will take place in the mixed zone;
  • The requirements for organizing contact between players and accredited media representatives after the game are detailed in Article 20, Chapter 4, point 2.7 of the regulations on marketing and communication;
  • Players from the host team will enter the mixed zone first following the end of the head coaches’ press conferences;
  • Contact with players from the visiting team will start no more than 20 minutes after the end of the game;
  • The club will select players in accordance with the requests from media representatives;
  • The current penalties, detailed in the relevant article of the disciplinary regulations, remain in force.

Tech support in media work zones, press conference halls and mixed zones

  • The host club must provide high speed wireless internet connections in media work zones and the press conference hall and mixed zone;
  • The host club must provide technical support to enable a video broadcast of the post-game press conferences, including the visiting team. Media representatives relying on this broadcast should have the opportunity to put questions to the speakers.

Face-to-face interviews

In accordance with article 30 of the KHL’s regulations on marketing and communication, media representatives have the right to hold face-to-face interviews with club representatives.

In order to have an opportunity to carry out an interview in person, journalists must provide confirmation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than seven days before the interview. This confirmation must be shown to the club’s media staff before the start of the interview. No face-to-face interviews will be permitted without a negative test result.

Andy Potts Andy Potts
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