Shivering in a sauna
- 6 Jun 06, 04:10 PM
MUNICH - I arrived in Munich yesterday afternoon, and made my first trip into the International Broadcast Centre today. Match of the Day's World Cup studio is in Berlin, but most of the production team are based here in Munich. So all the VT (video tape) packages (ie features, interviews, match highlights) will be made here at the IBC.
The IBC is the media hub for broadcasters from all over the world. The scale of the operation is unbelievable. Every country imaginable seems to have some kind of presence here, including several I had never even heard of - Niue? Nevis? Kiribati? I make it 190 different countries, and 90 broadcasters.
The IBC itself is huge - it used to be Munich airport. There are restaurants, a gym, even a beer garden! Each media company has its own area, separated off from each other by wood panelling, so it feels a bit like a sauna (except for the temperature - the air conditioning has gone into overdrive, so everyone's wandering around in big jumpers and coats). The BBC's office is next to Brazilian channel TV Globo, so I'm sure there'll be plenty of friendly banter going on as the tournament progresses! Fifa present Sepp Blatter made a visit to the IBC today, but he didn't make it to the BBC office.
Some facts and figures about the IBC:
- Anticipated cumulative TV audience of 32bn viewers - the biggest TV audience for any single event in history
- 30,000m² of space
- 966 tonnes of fir wood and 22,500m² of wooden panels/walls (hence the sauna-like environment)
- Nearly 700 doors
- 15 TV studios
- Operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week