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Rio de Janeiro, August 22, 2017 03h11

Rio 2016

Rio Media Center


What is the RMC?

The Rio Media Center, or RMC, is a physical and virtual space to support journalists from all over the world, including Brazilians, accredited or not for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Those journalists will be able to use both the physical space and the virtual platform to cover the event under various angles, from investments and the country’s preparations to host the Games, to information about economy, tourism, business, gastronomy, fashion and other issues related to the cultural and social diversity in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

Which media outlets will be able to use the RMC services? Is the space restricted to the international press?

Media outlets from all over the world, including Brazil, will be able to use the RMC services (newspapers, magazines, news agencies, radio and television broadcasters, blogs and websites), once and only with RMC credentials.

How is the credentialing process?

The request for credentials must be done online, at www.riomediacenter.rio/credenciamento/. Those whose requested are accepted will be contacted by e-mail. The credentials will be available for pick-up at the RMC’s premises on July 25 and 26, from 9am to 7pm, or from July 27 onwards during its opening time. The website’s content will be restricted to those professionals with credentials.

Whose initiative is it? How did the idea come up?

The initiative is from Rio de Janeiro City Hall, in a partnership with the Federal government, the State government, the Olympic Public Authority and private partners. It is part of the communication and promotion strategy for the city and the country, aiming at transforming the sport events happening in 2016 into platforms to promote different aspects of Rio and Brazil. The observation programs held by the City Hall and other Olympic partners during the London 2012 Games, the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2013 World Youth Day, the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and the 2014 World Cup allowed the participants to know closely how a media center works all over the world. It contributed to evolve the creation of the project of a space to disseminate information, create relationships and support for press requests about the city and the country during the Rio 2016 Games.

What is the RMC’s location?

The RMC will be installed on the Olympic Pavilion, (Rua madre Tereza de Calcutá, s/n°, Cidade Nova), and will be a 2,700 square meters building. Its location is strategic, central, besides the Rio 2016 Committee, and less than 200 meters from the Cidade Nova (line 2) and Estácio (line 1) subway stations, connecting to the train network and the LRT. The RMC is close to bus stops from where one can reach the whole city, and 400mts from the Rio Operation Center (COR in Portuguese).

When will the RMC open? Which is the operational period and time schedule?

RMC’s building will open on July 27, 2016. The credentials will be available for collection on spot on July 25 and 26, from 9am to 7pm, or anytime once it officially opens. The center will be open 24/7 until August 23. After that, it will pause its activities from Aug 24 to Sep 4. The RMC will reopen on September 5, every day from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, and will close again on September 20.

Who will be in charge of the RMC’s coordination and management?

The coordination and management of the Rio Media Center will be under Rio de Janeiro City Hall’s responsibility, with the support of the city’s Olympic partners.

What is the RMC structure? What services will there be available at the Media Center?

The Media Center will offer the necessary infrastructure to help national and international journalists, including workstations with free cable and Wi-Fi broadband access, and satellite signal for live broadcasting. The RMC will be open daily 24 hours non-stop, will be accessible and able to host up to 600 persons simultaneously.

The Center will have a multipurpose auditorium for up to 300 people. There will be two TV studios and six radio studios, to be used free of charge upon prior reservation, as well as bilingual assistants to help with journalistic needs. The place will have toilets, conviviality area, external lounge area and parking slot for satellite truck (by e-mail reservation).

Will there be workstations available for the journalists?

Yes, there will be 130 workstations, where the press professionals will be able to connect their laptops. Cable and Wi-Fi high-capacity internet will be available.

What will be the facilities for radio and TV broadcasters?

There will be two TV studios, six radio studios and space for satellite truck parking. The facilities use will be free of charge, subject to prior reservation. The TV studios will be 5m x 3.2m, and radio studios, 3m x 1.7m.

The RMC will offer exclusive stand-up positions in different points around the city at no cost; just a previous reservation is needed. There will be 14 Press Areas scattered in strategic regions, offering iconic images of the city and the Games as a background to the broadcasters.

A tremendous success during the Rio 2014 World Cup, the Press Area located at the UERJ’s terrace will be available for those with RMC credentials. From that point, it will be possible to shoot with the Maracanã Stadium as a background – where the Olympic, Paralympic Games’ opening, closure ceremonies, and football matches will happen. Among the spots selected by the City Hall are the Leblon Viewpoint (Niemeyer Avenue), Ipanema Beach, Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca. The live sites located at Porto Maravilha and Madureira Park will offer press areas.

How will the audio and video signals be made available?

The briefing signals will be generated live from the RMC auditorium, and distributed real-time straight to the RMC and by satellite. The RMC will have a place where the media outlets will be able to install up-link equipment for the generation of their signals.

Will translation and interpreting services be offered at the RMC? If so, in which languages?

The press conferences and lectures held in the auditorium will be translated simultaneously to English and Spanish. The RMC support team includes translators to work on journalistic content.

Will the journalists be able to watch the Olympic and Paralympic competitions at the RMC?

Yes. There will be HDTV screens in the newsroom, in the conviviality area and the auditorium.

How safe will the RMC be?

The media center will have a security team on the premises throughout its opening period.

Will there be transportation and food for journalists at the RMC?

There will be free transport in strategic places across the city when subway lines are closed (Monday through Saturday, from 1:00 am to 6:00 am; Sundays and holidays, from 1:00 am to 7:00 am)

What type of content will the RMC publish on its website? How will the journalists have access to the content?

All the content related to the Rio Media Center is constantly being uploaded and updated at www.riomediacenter.rio. The website will be the main contact tool between the journalists and the City Hall, bringing news and releases, the full activities schedule, apart from details about the center itself and the press areas. In order to use the website and download its content (including photos and videos), one needs just to register to the RMC, to find content from the City Hall about the Rio 2016 Games, the RMC activities and information about the Olympic project.

How will the service to the press be? Will it host press conferences or other activities?

The RMC will have staff prepared to help the professionals with information in Portuguese, English and Spanish. There will be press conferences with government authorities, talks and lectures with business leaders, press tours to projects and touristic spots in Rio and cultural activities. The full program will be available at the RMC website.

Will the media have access to federal, state and municipal governmental sources?

Yes. The press professionals will have access to spokespersons from the Federal and State governments, besides representatives from the City Hall.

What is the difference between the RMC and the Rio 2016 Main Press Center? If the Organizing Committee enables a space for the international media, why create another one?

The RMC will be open to all journalists, not only to those accredited to cover the sport events, and will disclose different aspects of Rio de Janeiro and the country, besides its sports themes. The MPC and the IBC (International Broadcast Center), located at the Olympic Park, are venues managed by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and will be available only to journalists officially accredited to cover the sport events. The RMC is therefore an addition to the other venues.

What is the activities plan for the RMC? When and where will they be made public?

The program of activities will be composed by press conferences, briefings and daily activities about different subjects related to the host-city and the country, lectures with special guests, competition broadcast and press tours (sports and touristic spots). The activities’ schedule will be released in the future, at the RMC website.