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Friday 13 February, 2009

2010 Winter Games Secretariat

Accreditation Opens for B.C. International Medi...





VANCOUVER, Canada, February 13 /PRNewswire/ --     The application process for 
the 2010 Winter Games Secretariat's British
Columbia International Media Centre (BCMC) at Robson Square Plaza has
officially opened as the one-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
begins.



    Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the BCMC will provide working
space for all media. Those media who have obtained accreditation from their
National Olympic Committee and unaccredited members of the press corps will
have access to the Centre's stand-up locations; press briefings concerning
all aspects of the 2010 Games, including security, transportation, athletes
and tourism; as well as complementary services unique from the Main Press
Centre.



    Broadcast stand-up locations will offer stunning views of Vancouver city
life and scenery, including a programmed outdoor skating rink. Locations will
be fully equipped with electricity, Internet connections and fiber-optic
cable back to the main BCMC feed room for distribution to tape or home-studio
location. Also, all locations will be covered and all cable will be fully lit
and equipped for a HD signal.



    For journalists requiring assistance with technical needs in the BCMC, a
help desk and concierge service will be open 24 hours a day throughout the
Games.



    All accredited media will have access to multiple HD flat screens showing
feeds of Olympic events, free broadband WiFi Internet, filing rooms, work
desks with wired broadband Internet and AC power, and more. Photographers
will have access to high-speed lines with high bandwidth for photo
transmission, computer stations equipped with the latest processing software,
storage lockers and technicians and engineers to assist with equipment
questions or problems.



    For more information on the BCMC and how to gain accreditation, please
visit http://www.2010internationalmediacentre.ca. The 2010 Winter Olympic
Games happen February 12 - 28, 2010.



    About the 2010 Winter Games Secretariat: Working within the Ministry of
Finance, the 2010 Winter Games Secretariat is the provincial agency
responsible for overseeing B.C.'s Winter Games financial commitments and
ensuring its Olympic vision is achieved.



    
    For further information:
    Media Contact:
    Jeremy Dunn, 
    Phone: +1-604-871-4451,
    Email: Jeremy@LBMG.ca;

    Julie Gathercole,
    2010 Winter Games Secretariat,
    Email: julie.gathercole@gov.bc.ca;

    For 2010 Winter Games Secretariat corporate information and media related
    inquiries contact:
    Don McDonald, Director, Communications,
    +1-604-660-2923,
    Email: Donald.mcdonald@gov.bc.ca