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Mar 7, 2012

London organisers accused of obsession with secrecy

LONDON (Reuters) – London Olympic organisers were accused of being “obsessed with secrecy” during a tetchy grilling by lawmakers over ticketing policy on Wednesday after they refused to provide details until after this summer’s Games.

At one of the most acrimonious meetings at the London Assembly, the London organising committee’s chief executive Paul Deighton and chairman Sebastian Coe were repeatedly accused of a lack of transparency in ticket pricing and allocation.

Mar 7, 2012

Olympics-London organisers accused of obsession with secrecy

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) – London Olympic organisers
were accused of being “obsessed with secrecy” during a tetchy
grilling by lawmakers over ticketing policy on Wednesday after
they refused to provide details until after this summer’s Games.

At one of the most acrimonious meetings at the London
Assembly, the London organising committee’s chief executive Paul
Deighton and chairman Sebastian Coe were repeatedly accused of a
lack of transparency in ticket pricing and allocation.

Mar 1, 2012

Intense ambush marketing likely at London Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Companies will try to piggyback this year’s London Olympics to win themselves free advertising, despite some of the strictest rules ever, by upstaging rivals paying millions of pounds to be official sponsors, a survey said on Thursday.

Sponsorship spending has soared during the past 20 years, attracting so-called ambushers, companies trying to associate themselves with an event without paying for the rights.

Mar 1, 2012

Olympics-Intense ambush marketing likely at London Games

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) – Companies will try to
piggyback this year’s London Olympics to win themselves free
advertising, despite some of the strictest rules ever, by
upstaging rivals paying millions of pounds to be official
sponsors, a survey said on Thursday.

Sponsorship spending has soared during the past 20 years,
attracting so-called ambushers, companies trying to associate
themselves with an event without paying for the rights.

Feb 28, 2012

British anti-capitalist camp cleared from St Paul’s

LONDON (Reuters) – Bailiffs, backed by riot police, evicted British anti-capitalism activists from a protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

There was no violent resistance from the activists as bailiffs employed by the City of London Corporation, which owns the land on which they were camped, removed around 50 tents within an hour shortly after midnight.

Feb 28, 2012

Anti-capitalist camp cleared from St Paul’s

LONDON (Reuters) – Bailiffs, backed by riot police, evicted British anti-capitalism activists from a protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

There was no violent resistance from the activists as bailiffs employed by the City of London Corporation, which owns the land on which they were camped, removed around 50 tents within an hour shortly after midnight.

Feb 23, 2012

London Games to close to sound of British music

LONDON (Reuters) – The 2012 London Olympics will bow out to the strains of British music, a journey from classical composer Edward Elgar to chart-topping soul queen Adele, at the August 12 closing ceremony.

Called “A Symphony of British Music”, the coda to the Games will weave music from across regions and eras into a “colourful, fun and emotional story”, organisers said on Thursday.

Feb 23, 2012

Olympics-London Games to close to sound of British music

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The 2012 London Olympics
will bow out to the strains of British music, a journey from
classical composer Edward Elgar to chart-topping soul queen
Adele, at the Aug. 12 closing ceremony.

Called “A Symphony of British Music”, the coda to the Games
will weave music from across regions and eras into a “colourful,
fun and emotional story”, organisers said on Thursday.

Feb 22, 2012

“Occupy” in UK loses legal fight over St Paul’s eviction

LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Anti-capitalism activists
lost a legal fight on Wednesday to stay camped outside St Paul’s
Cathedral in London after three judges rejected their appeal
application, heralding the end of their four-month protest.

Their defeat in the Court of Appeal is likely to see the
City of London Corporation, on whose land the activists have
been camping, call in the bailiffs to remove dozens of tents and
evict protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Feb 22, 2012

Occupy loses legal fight over St Paul’s eviction

LONDON (Reuters) – Anti-capitalism activists lost their legal fight against eviction from outside London’s landmark St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday after three judges turned down their appeal application, heralding the end of their four-month protest.

The defeat in the Court of Appeal is likely to see the City of London Corporation, on whose land the activists have been camping, call in the bailiffs to remove dozens of tents and protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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