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  Main Press Centre

Bernama Logo Introduction:
The Main Press Centre (MPC) is to facilitate the dissemination of news and photographs on the Kuala Lumpur 98 XVI Commonwealth Games in an efficient and speedy manner befitting its status as the world's second largest sporting event after the Olympics.

It provides some 1,800 journalists, photographers and technicians from the print media (newspapers and news agencies) and non-rights holders of the broadcast media with a conducive and practical working and living area.

Occupying four floors of the Mint Hotel, a 314-room hotel along the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway, the MPC is open round-the-clock for the duration of the Games. The MPC is managed by BERNAMA, the Malaysian National News Agency and the Host News Agency (HNA) for the Kuala Lumpur 98 Games.

Objectives:
The MPC was set up to offer members of the accredited media:

  • a functional work place
  • a centre for information and data
  • a centre for communications
  • a centre for social and work interaction
  • a service-cum-accommodation centre
  • a one-stop centre for photo processing and transmission, and camera repairs service

Accessibility:
The MPC is located about 1.5km from the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, the main venue for the Games from Sept 11-21. Bus shuttle services operated by Games organisers Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad link the MPC to the 22 competition venues in the Klang Valley. The MPC is also accessible by Light Rail Transit and KTM Commuter trains as LRT and KTM stations are located in its vicinity. Bus shuttle services are also available between media hotels in Kuala Lumpur and the MPC.

Facilities:
The MPC's nerve centre is the Main Press Working Area, a facility converted from the hotel's ballroom to accommodate up to 500 journalists. There is also a briefing area that can take in about 250 print and broadcast journalists.

Key features of the MPC:

  • state-of-the-art communication facilities
  • videowall showing proceedings at all venues
  • HNA operations centre
  • a photo processing and transmission centre
  • interview rooms
  • information and service kiosks
  • Telekom Malaysia service centre
  • press working offices
  • host broadcaster's office
  • travel and tour office
  • medical/bank/postal services
  • rooms for accommodation

Info and data:
Results of the 15 sports contested in the Games, including shooting in the northern resort island of Langkawi, can be retrieved from MPC computers the moment they are released by the organisers on the Games' on-line system.

News and data are also available at the push of a button on Info 98 the official Games information system provided by Sukom and Infolink and Newslink, BERNAMA's information system with Internet access. Sukom's Info 98, Infolink and Newslink form an integral part of the Games' information and data system.

Information kiosks providing these services are placed at strategic locations in the MPC, supported by high-speed printers for printout requirements.

Results and press releases are also available from pigeon holes in the main working area. Infolink and Newslink carry news reports filed by BERNAMA, with the former providing archival items.

News organisations:
Major international news agencies like Reuters, AFP and AP, and several local and foreign newspaper groups and press agencies from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have made reservations for offices at the MPC. They include News Limited, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Associated Press (AAP) from Australia, New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) and PA Sports of England.

Operations:
Bernama Executive Editor Encik Zainoor Sulaiman as the Director heads the MPC Secretariat. He is supported by five managers -- for Media Services; Administration, Finance and Logistics; Photo Services; Results and Technical Support; and Venues -- and the HNA Managing Editor.

The Secretariat is complemented by a security commander and medical officer and 400 liaison officers and support service staff.

The MPC, which also manages the 23 sub-press centres in the Klang Valley and Langkawi, begins operations on Sept 1, 1998, 10 days before the opening ceremony for the Games.

Please direct inquiries to:

Main Press Centre Secretariat
3-5-3 Jalan SR 8/1
Seri Kembangan
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 - 943 8888
Fax: 603 - 943 9999

Attention

  • Mr. Musa Scully for Media Relations
  • Mr. Rosli Hurmin for Photo Services
  • Mr. Amin Hussaini Harun for Host News Agency operations


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