International Broadcast Centre

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The International Broadcast Centre in Stratford, London, taken during The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) is a temporary hub for broadcasters during major sport events.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in Germany, the IBC in Munich was host to journalists from around 190 countries. The centre was based at the Munich Fair, in what was formally Munich Airport. The building is now known as the Munich Exhibition Centre.

Entrance to the IBC at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

120 television and radio channels had broadcast images and reports of the World Cup, from the centre to the 190 countries that they serve. Each channel had a space on the 30,000 square meter floor, separated by wooden panels.

Facts & figures for 2006 FIFA World Cup IBC[edit]

  • Anticipated cumulative TV audience of 32bn viewers - the biggest TV audience for any single event in history
  • 30,000 m2 (322,917 sq ft) of space
  • 966 tonnes of fir wood and 22,500 m2 (242,188 sq ft) of wooden panels/walls
  • Nearly 700 doors
  • 15 TV studios
  • Operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Cities which hosted the IBC/MPC during the FIFA World Cup[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

An International Broadcast Centre is created at every Olympic Games. Broadcasters from around the world build studios in what is generally a large conference centre, like Georgia World Congress Center, which was used for the Atlanta Games. Olympic Broadcasting Services provides each of these rights-holders a video and audio feed from each venue, beauty shots from around the Olympic venues, transmission facilities, etc. The International Broadcast Centre for the 2008 Beijing Games was located in the Olympic Green Convention Center. The International Broadcast Centre for the 2012 London Games was located in the London Olympics Media Centre.

The first IBC was created for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan during the first Olympics broadcast around the world.

IBC Venues
Edition City Country Place
1964 Innsbruck  Austria
1964 Tokyo  Japan NHK Broadcasting Center
1968 Grenoble  France
1968 Mexico City  Mexico Universidad de Mexico
1972 Sapporo  Japan
1972 Munich  West Germany Olympiapark
1976 Innsbruck  Austria
1976 Montreal  Canada Palais des congrès de Montréal
1980 Lake Placid  United States
1980 Moscow  Soviet Union Moscow International Broadcasting Centre
1984 Sarajevo  Yugoslavia
1984 Los Angeles  United States University of Southern California1
1988 Calgary  Canada Big Four Building (Stampede Park)[2]
1988 Seoul  South Korea Seoul Exhibition Centre
1992 Albertville  France
1992 Barcelona  Spain INEFC
1994 Lillehammer  Norway
1996 Atlanta  United States Georgia World Congress Center
1998 Nagano  Japan
2000 Sydney  Australia Sydney Olympic Park
2002 Salt Lake City  United States Salt Palace Convention Center
2004 Athens  Greece International Museum of Classical Athletics
2006 Torino  Italy Lingotto Fiere
2008 Beijing  China Olympic Green Convention Centre
2010 Vancouver  Canada Vancouver Convention Centre
2010 Singapore  Singapore Marina Bay Sands
2012 Innsbruck  Austria
2012 London  United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
2014 Sochi  Russia
2014 Nanjing  China
2016 Lillehammer  Norway
2016 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil Parque Olímpico do Rio
2018 Pyeongchang  South Korea
2018 Buenos Aires  Argentina
2020 Tokyo  Japan

1Host broadcaster ABC used its Los Angeles studios for coverage of the 1984 Games.


  1. ^ "International Broadcast Centre to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro". 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Calgary Stampede History (under year 1988 heading)". The Calgary Stampede Historical Committee. Retrieved 2012-01-28.