Monday, 20 September 2010

Commonwealth Games main press center open for business

The Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni today inaugurated the state-of-the-art Main Press Center (MPC) and International Broadcast Centre for Common Wealth Games 2010 at Pragati Maidan. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that MPC had been completed in the stipulated time and the project did not entail any cost overrun.

The MPC will be operational on September 23 for the national and international Press. The largest Press Centre in the history of the Commonwealth Games will have many world-class facilities for the visiting journalists. The centre will be run by the Press Information Bureau (PIB). The facilities at the Main Press Centre is an example of successful partnership between Government, PSU and the Private Sector. Broadcast Engineering Consultant Limited (BECIL), a PSU of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is the Turnkey Delivery Partner for the Project. A dedicated workforce of around 1,000 people will run the Press Operations at the MPC and across 18 venues during the Games.

The MPC is located at Hall No.12 and 12A in the Indian Trade Promotion Organization Complex at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and will work 24 hours from October 1 to October 15. Spread across 6,700 sq mts with Wi-Fi facility, it will cater to about 2,000 journalists, including around 800 from overseas. It can accommodate 600 journalists at a time. The Workforce for the MPC and 18 venues includes 236 professionals and 135 interns from Indian Institute of Mass Communication and 600 volunteers.

In order to provide hassle-free conditions for the media, the Central Work Area at the MPC will have workstations for 400 journalists and 200 photographers. This includes three hundred desktop computers with broadband connectivity (200 for journalists and 100 for photographers). Whereas, the Games Information System terminals at the Central Work area will provide games related details such as results, biographies and news items.

Apart from the Central Work Area, six news and photo agencies – Getty Images, Agency France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), Australian Associated Press (AAP), News Limited and Press Association -- will have their private offices at the MPC. These private office spaces have been booked through the Press Rate card.

600 National and International photographers will be covering the Games. About 1300 Photo Positions across 17 games venues. The Photographers will be facilitated with 200 work stations with all technological support in Main Press Center and about 500 in different games venues to send their work across the world. They will be also provided with about 650 Lockers in all 20 venues to safely keep their equipments during the games. The accreditated Photographers will get Technical advice, Cleaning, checking and repairs services of professional camera bodies, lenses and accessories through Nikon and Canon service center in MPC. Nikon and Canon will also loan lenses and accessories to the Photographers on first cum first serve basis. A photo-exhibition of the Indian Photojournalists represented by Working News Cameraman’s Association (WNCA) is displaying the work of working photographers at the MPC.

The host of other facilities includes a 300-seat Press conference room and a Press Briefing Room which can accommodate about 100 people. For the first time in the history of the Games, the MPC will also have High Definition CATVs in eight live viewing rooms as well as in the work area to watch the games. Besides, there will be two one-on-one interview rooms and service centres of Canon and Nikon for photojournalists.

To further assist the visitors on sports as well as other issues, helpdesks at the main lobby will provide information on travel, ticketing, venues and various schedules as well as services like distribution of media kits and Prime Event Limited tickets. To reach different venues, journalists can take T4 buses from the Transportation Mall, situated near the MPC.

For food and recreation, the MPC will have a media lounge with catering services, while a round-the-clock food court will be located just opposite to the centre.

In addition to that, the Retail Plaza inside the MPC will have facilities like post office, convenience store, pharmacy, mobile store and a bank with foreign exchange service and ATM.


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Varun said...

I am surprised how mean the world can be. Making money by posting the pictures of toilets and playing on the perception that such toilets are going to be provided to Athletes. Vandalizing of toilets must have been done by a thug. Don't blame it on workers please.

And I can not understand the motives of Mike Hooper. I congratulate him for making a wonderful contribution to CWG and India by using one word – ‘Filth’. Him and his clan must have been very proud of this chaotic achievement as administrators of CWG. Well done.

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