The ICC is all set for Champions Trophy and is considering making it the biggest tournament. Now, ICC has announced a launch of a new-look Online Media Zone. ICC is enhancing the media experience for journalists and as well as the viewers for the upcoming tournament.
The enhancements will include the introduction of ‘mixed zone’ opportunities for journalists, a lightning-quick transcript service and extensive video coverage of press conferences.
The Online Media Zone will provide a one-stop shop for the media for all tournament-related content and information. Video, audio and transcripts will be available for download for editorial use along with guest columns and media guides.
“The ICC is committed to delivering a world-class experience for media covering the event and the investment in these enhancements enables us to do that,” said Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications.
“We recognise the important role the media play in the growth and popularity of the sport and provision of increased interview opportunities, greater provision of free of charge content and faster turnarounds for transcripts will, I believe support the media in their work We hope to make working at the ICC Champions Trophy a memorable experience for them,” he added.
The Online Media Zone, which can be accessed at is https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-zone/login, will be used during both the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
It will contain all information relevant to the ICC events and will be open for all media persons and not only for those accredited for the tournament, enabling them to be abreast with the latest developments from any part of the world.
Adding depth and perspective will be columns by ICC Champion Ambassadors Ian Bell, Shane Bond, Habibul Bashar, Michael Hussey, Kumar Sangakkara, Shahid Afridi, Harbhajan Singh and Graeme Smith who will be previewing and reviewing matches through the 15-match tournament.
Other than this, ICC is introducing mixed zones to give journalists a chance to create different content. A regular feature in other global sporting events, the mixed zones are areas where players interact briefly with the media on their way out of the venue.
The ICC has arranged for a flash word-for-word transcript and high-definition videos of all pre- and post-match media conferences during the tournament. It will be made available to the media for free editorial download on the OMZ.
This will enable journalists to concentrate on writing their match reports and not worry about missing the interactions or having to do with second-hand quotes. Since these transcripts and videos will be available on the OMZ, journalists not traveling for the event can even access them. And the Non-Right holders can also procure this videos and can use it for their reports and features.