Television and radio companies attend OBS Sochi 2014 World Broadcasters Meeting
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
February 26 – More than 200 representative of Russian and international broadcaster holding rights for the 2014 will attend the second OBS Sochi 2014 World Broadcaster Meeting in Sochi from 25 February to 2 March. Broadcast facilities available to the broadcaster during the Games will be exhibited at the Meeting. The main hub from which the Olympic Games television signal will be transmitted in 2014, as well as the International Broadcast Center, is the Main Media Center in Imeretinskaya Valley.
Work will begin in May to complete the venue and install equipment that meet the requirements of the Olympic Broadcasting Service, which is responsible for international television coverage production and provision of service for broadcasters.
The Center will welcome more than 12,000 media representatives, including 10,000 broadcasters representing 100 companies from around the world, during the Games. Radio and broadcaster staff will be made comfortable with services such as bank and cash machines, post office, launderette, shops, gym, beauty salon, massage parlour and news agent. Restaurants and other food distributors will afford media members a wide range of appealing catering options. The Main Media Center is also located in an ideal location for the media, adjoining the Olympic Park to the north.
The Main Media Center will open on 7 January 2014, a month before the start of the Games. It will close on 17 March after the Olympic Games and will be open 24/7 during the Games.
Broadcaster staff in the Mountain Cluster will be accommodated in the “Gorki” Media Center, which also includes both Mountain Broadcast Center and the Press Center, taking up about 31,000 square metres.
The “Gorki” Media Center will begin to be fit for television and radio companies in September and will open on 24 January.
All Olympic venues of the Coastal and Mountain Clusters will operate their own Media centres, which will open three hours before the start of competitions and four hours after in the Mountain Cluster and two hours before and three hours after competitions at the Coastal Cluster.
Many companies travelling to Sochi for the OBS Sochi 2014 World Broadcaster Meeting are planning to organise their own production in Sochi, where they will work together with their own employees and residents of the Winter Olympic Games’ host city’s residents. Many major television companies will begin working in Sochi as early as November.
Representatives of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Service are present at the meeting, along with representatives of such international television and radio companies as BBC, NBC, CBC, ARD/ZDF, FT2/FT3, Japanese Consortium, and the Russian national rightsholders ANO “Sports Broadcasting,” Channel One Russia, VGTRK and NTV-PLUS.
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