April 30 - London 2012 has today laid out its plans for how it will look after up to more than 5,000 members of the international media attending the Olympics and Paralympics.
Jayne Pearce, the head of press operations for London, claimed during the 73rd AIPS annual Congress in Antalya, Turkey, that London 2012 has learned vital lessons affecting the media from Beijing in 2008 and Vancouver earlier this year, although they are set to continue the controversial policy of charging journalists to access the internet.
That is despite Britain's Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) writing to London 2012 officials after Vancouver, asking for an undertaking that the accredited media would not have to pay during the Games.
This followed the Vancouver organisers charging journalists nearly $600 (£385) for internet access.
It had hoped that the internet charges would be covered by the £80 million ($124 million) deal that London 2012 has with BT, who are a Tier One sponsor of the Games.
Pearce claimed that he anticipated internet access charges in London would be "very reasonable" for the 5,600 journalists expected to cover the Games.
Earlier this year the FIFA World Cup in South Africa announced that internet access would be free for all accredited journalists.
Pearce also revealed during her presentation that the majority of accommodation for the media during London 2012 will be located around Bloomsbury with prices ranging from £50 (£77) per person a night in university dorms to £90 ($140) per person per night in budget rooms and £125 ($194) per person per night in four-star hotels.
London 2012 also plans to provide better catering for the media, something else which attracted criticism during the Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics.
Pearce said: "We feel that this is an area that needed to be looked at and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) agreed with us."
The accreditation process for London 2012 is due to begin in July this year.