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 International Broadcast Centre for the 2016 Summer Olympics was located in Barra Olympic Park.

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 Winter Innsbruck  Austria
1964 Summer Tokyo  Japan NHK Broadcasting Center
1968 Winter Grenoble  France
1968 Summer Mexico City  Mexico Universidad de Mexico
1972 Winter Sapporo  Japan
1972 Summer Munich  West Germany Olympiapark
1976 Winter Innsbruck  Austria
1976 Summer Montreal  Canada Palais des congrès de Montréal
1980 Winter Lake Placid  United States Temporary air-supported structure[2]
1980 Summer Moscow  Soviet Union Moscow International Broadcasting Centre
1984 Winter Sarajevo  Yugoslavia
1984 Summer Los Angeles  United States University of Southern California1
1988 Winter Calgary  Canada Big Four Building (Stampede Park)[3]
1988 Summer Seoul  South Korea Seoul Exhibition Centre
1992 Winter Albertville  France
1992 Summer Barcelona  Spain INEFC
1994 Winter Lillehammer  Norway
1996 Summer Atlanta  United States Georgia World Congress Center
1998 Winter Nagano  Japan
2000 Summer Sydney  Australia Sydney Olympic Park
2002 Winter Salt Lake City  United States Salt Palace Convention Center2
2004 Summer Athens  Greece International Museum of Classical Athletics
2006 Winter Torino  Italy Lingotto Fiere
2008 Summer Beijing  China Olympic Green Convention Centre
2010 Winter Vancouver  Canada Vancouver Convention Centre
2010 Summer (Youth) Singapore  Singapore Marina Bay Sands
2012 Winter (Youth) Innsbruck  Austria
2012 Summer London  United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
2014 Winter Sochi  Russia Sochi Olympic Park
2014 Summer (Youth) Nanjing  China
2016 Winter (Youth) Lillehammer  Norway
2016 Summer Rio de Janeiro  Brazil Parque Olímpico do Rio
2018 Winter Pyeongchang  South Korea Alpensia Resort
2018 Summer (Youth) Buenos Aires  Argentina Estadio Mary Terán de Weiss
2020 Winter (Youth) Lausanne   Switzerland
2020 Summer Tokyo  Japan Tokyo Big Sight
2022 Winter Beijing  China China National Convention Center, Genting Hotel, Yanqing MMC
2024 Summer Paris  France
2028 Summer Los Angeles  United States Universal Studios Hollywood[4]


  1. Host broadcaster ABC used its Los Angeles studios for coverage of the 1984 Games.
  2. Host broadcaster NBC used a separate studio in Park City for coverage of the 2002 Games.


  1. ^ "International Broadcast Centre to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro". 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ 1980 Winter Olympics official report. Volume 1. pp. 36-9. Accessed 16 November 2010. (in English) & (in French)
  3. ^ "Calgary Stampede History (under year 1988 heading)". The Calgary Stampede Historical Committee. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Ted (June 22, 2016). "Universal to Build New Soundstage Complex, Expand Theme Park in 5-Year Plan (EXCLUSIVE)". Archived from the original on August 27, 2016.