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VMCs

Updated:2008-06-03 18:15 | Source:

  In accordance with the IOC Technical Manual on Media, one of the responsibilities of Media Operations is to provide a standard level of facilities and services at the Venue Media Centers (VMCs) in all 37 competition venues, both in Beijing and co-host cities outside Beijing, as well as three non-competition venues, the Olympic Village, Media Villages and the IOC Hotel.

  The target of VMC Operations is to offer the best possible conditions under which accredited journalists and photographers can successfully cover the Olympic Games. Media operations will be carried out according to the requirements of the IOC Technical Manual and previous Games standards.

  The capacities of the VMCs at various venues have been defined through discussions with the IOC and confirmed by the IOC at a meeting with Press Operations and BOB in Beijing on August 12, 2006. The VMCs capacities were finally defined by the principle of meeting the previous Olympic Games experiences and consideration of the specific conditions of the venues and the sports in China.

  The VMCs team will be responsible for operating 31 venue media centers in Beijing, while coordinating the media operations for the six co-host cities of Qingdao (Sailing), Hong Kong (Equestrian) and the four football cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao. The three non-competition venues will also be planned and operated by the VMCs team.

  The preparation work of VMCs operation is now transferring from the planning period to the venuization process. Venue Media Centre staff are working closely with venue designers and owners, together with the BOCOG venue team, to ensure that various media needs are met at all venues, and that media facilities and services meet the IOC requirements and previous Games practices.

  Venue Media Facilities and Services Media-related functional areas within VMCs will be close to each other to give media convenient access to workrooms, press conference room, mixed zone, press tribunes as well as the media lounge.

  During the Games, VMCs will operate three hours before and three hours after competition.

  Press Workroom The Press Workroom is where journalists can compile and transmit their coverage directly from competition venues. All VMC Press Work Rooms have been designed to be close to other media facilities like the Press Tribune, Mixed Zone, Press Conference Room and Media Lounge.[Full story]

  Press Tribune Press Tribunes at every competition venue are planned as close as possible to other media facilities. They are placed in a position that gives the media an unobstructed view of the competition and important information such as score boards and where possible, in direct view of the finish line. Areas reserved for media will have dedicated access points separated from the public area.[Full story]

  Press Conference Room Press Conference Rooms will be provided at every competition venue, Olympic Village and the IOC Hotel to give the media a chance to meet athletes, coaches and officials.[Full story]

  Mixed Zone The Mixed Zone facilitates contact between the media and the athletes in a designated area near the exit of the field of play.

  The media section of the Mixed Zone will be jointly managed by BOB and BOCOG Media Operations. Reporters of Olympic News Service (ONS) will also work at the Mixed Zone to collect athletes' flash quotes.[Full story]

  Media Lounge Each VMC has a Media Lounge offering the media a place for relaxation. The catering services at the Media Lounge will vary according to the VMC capacity and the event at the venue.

  The food and drinks served at the Media Lounge may be different from venue to venue according to the competition schedule during the Games time.[Full story]

  National Stadium's Venue Media Center Located in the center of the Olympic Green, the National Stadium is the largest competition venue for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as Athletics and Football Men's Final will be held. It has the largest venue media centre of the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

  National Stadium's Venue Media Center

  Located in the center of the Olympic Green, the National Stadium is the largest competition venue for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as Athletics and Football Men's Final will be held. It has the largest venue media centre of the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

  The press tribune has 1,000 tabled seats and 900 non-tabled seats-the same as Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. The tribune location will provide the media with a clear view of the competitions.

  The workrooms at the National Stadium can host up to 500 journalists and 100 photographers.

Editor : LiuAnqi

Opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics