International Broadcast Centre
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) is a temporary hub for broadcasters during major sport events.
FIFA World Cup
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.
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
- 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
- 1958 Sweden - Stockholm
- 1962 Chile - Santiago
- 1966 England - London
- 1970 Mexico - Mexico City
- 1974 West Germany - Munich
- 1978 Argentina - Buenos Aires
- 1982 Spain - Madrid
- 1986 Mexico - Mexico City
- 1990 Italy - Rome
- 1994 United States - Dallas and Los Angeles
- 1998 France - Paris
- 2002 South Korea - Seoul
and Japan - Yokohama
- 2006 Germany - Munich
- 2010 South Africa - Johannesburg
- 2014 Brazil - Rio de Janeiro 
- 2018 Russia - Moscow
- 2022 Qatar - Doha
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 International Broadcast Centre for the 2016 Summer Olympics was located in Barra Olympic Park.
1Host broadcaster ABC used its Los Angeles studios for coverage of the 1984 Games.
2American broadcaster NBC used a secondary outdoor studio at Copacabana Beach in addition to its studios at the IBC for coverage of the 2016 Games.
- "International Broadcast Centre to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro". FIFA.com. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- 1980 Winter Olympics official report. Volume 1. pp. 36-9. Accessed 16 November 2010. (English) & (French)
- "Calgary Stampede History (under year 1988 heading)". The Calgary Stampede Historical Committee. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
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