The Korean organisers have ticked off yet another milestone on the journey to hosting the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, with the official handover of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) on 5 June 2017.
Located in the heart of the Mountain Cluster in the Alpensia resort, the IBC will serve as the primary base of operations for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and the Rights-Holding Broadcasters (RHBs). From there, nearly 4,000 hours of images will be transmitted across the world, showcasing the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to billions of viewers.
“Today’s technical handover of the IBC by the Organising Committee [POCOG] means that we are firmly on track to deliver the infrastructure required for the broadcast operation as per our plans,” OBS Chief Executive Officer Yiannis Exarchos said. “POCOG should be commended for the quality of technical work it has undertaken to ensure a smooth fit-out process.”
“With approximately eight months until the Olympic Winter Games, handing over the IBC to Olympic Broadcasting Services is another meaningful milestone for PyeongChang 2018,” said POCOG President Lee Hee-beom. “The IBC will bring the Games to billions across the globe, and POCOG will support OBS to deliver the best conditions for broadcasters around the world.”
Enclosed TV studios will be installed on the roof of the IBC, along with several stand-up positions, allowing broadcasters to conduct live reports with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Alpensia village.
During the 17 days of the Games, the IBC will become the busiest sports broadcast hub in the world, providing facilities and services to approximately 6,000 broadcast personnel. It will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, guaranteeing that every moment of the action can be seen throughout the world.
In an effort to reduce the environmental impact, OBS will re-use modular pre-fabricated panels that were introduced for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, resulting in a reduction of waste by the equivalent of 2,800 truckloads.
The length of the IBC is 290m, which is equivalent to nearly three football pitches. Some 6,700 tonnes of steel were used to build the IBC, which compares to the weight of about 33.5 blue whales.