The Associated Press (AP)-The Associated Press withdrew from planned coverage of Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards program due to restrictions on static photographers and broadcast screenshots.
The telecommunications service company refused to accept the performance organizer’s restrictions on the images of the venue, believing that the move would affect its ability to accurately report on the event. Restrictions prevent the Associated Press from providing coverage of the ceremony that “fits its standards,” according to a consultation report sent to members. AP will not write, take images or take videos for the show.
Representatives of the Country Music Association did not respond to requests for comment.
Organizers initially sought the Associated Press photos inside the ceremony, but said that due to coronavirus precautions, it cannot accommodate wired photojournalists.
Instead, the association stated that the Associated Press could pay for permission to display images of the show. The DAP refused.
The Associated Press stated that if it can take a screenshot of the radio program, it will cover the program because it has successfully won Emmy Awards, BET Awards, MTV Music Video Awards and other awards. On the contrary, the CMA stated that AP permission will only be granted if it agrees not to take screenshots of the broadcast including the faces of guests sitting in the audience.
The Associated Press insists that if the incident is reported, then doing so is not restricted by publicly broadcast images.
Anthony McCartney, editor of global entertainment and lifestyle, said: “The Associated Press reports on the award show as a news event, and we must be able to assure the public that the information they receive from us is accurate.”
After numerous discussions on photo access and screenshots, the Associated Press made this decision. The association said on Tuesday that it will not lift the ban on audience screenshots.
CMA’s TV broadcast is difficult. Recently, Lee Brice and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line dropped out. After testing positive for COVID-19.
The Country Music Association was also criticized for a statement issued by social media that declared the performance a “no theater”, apparently encouraging artists to maintain apolitical stance. The association changed its direction and later stated that it would “welcome every artist to express their rights.”