Flying TV boss Mike Smith is leading a campaign to stop video and pictures of the Olympic stadium being captured by aerial photography firms, in a bid to keep sections of London airspace open.

Last month, the airspace around the Olympic Park was suddenly closed after photos of preparations for the opening ceremony were published in national newspapers.

The airspace has been reopened, and Smith hopes it will remain so to allow for general shots - but not ‘spoiler’ footage or stills.

“After discussions with the CAA [Civil Aviation Authority] and other operators, we are taking the lead in an industry initiative to not enable “spoiler” images of the rehearsals for Olympic ceremonies,” he said.

From 14 July, light aircraft will be banned from flying over the capital in any circumstances as part of the government’s strategy to create a “known aviation environment” during the Games.