In the afternoon on November 30 a press-conference following a five-day international seminar of electronic journalists was held in Moscow.
In the afternoon on November 30 a press-conference following a five-day international seminar of electronic journalists was held in Moscow. The conference was organised by the USSR foreign ministry press-department. The two speakers were: Mr. Heinrich Jushkjavitchus, deputy-chairman of the USSR State Committee for TV and radio broadcasting and Mr. Vladimir Popov, first deputy chairman of the Olympics-80 Organising Committee.
Mr. H. Jushkjavitchus highly appreciated the results of the international electronic press Olympic seminar and said that it should be considered not only as a certain step in Olympic preparations but as a part of Olympic movement as a whole. He emphasised the fact that the results of the seminar would serve not only the cause of Olympic TV presentations but the sports television in general. Vice-chairman of the USSR Gosteleradio reminded the audience that the new Olympic TV and radio centre has 20 TV international channels and 100 radio channels. The whole structure was built and stuffed with the most up-to-date technique in two years. Mr. H. Jushkjavitchus noted that modern facilities alone do not guarantee high quality broadcasting, and much will depend on the creativity of journalists and directions of world TV.
Mr. V. Popov (2-d speaker) gave a summary of the last IOC press-commission session held in Geneva this week. He stated that Moscow is practically ready for the Olympics. Almost all Olympic structures have been completed. By the 1-st of January 1980 they will be officially rated as completed, and may be only few of them will be officially completed by the 1-st of March.
Mr. Popov said that everything testifies to the effect that the Moscow Olympics will register the highest number of participating countries. He has informed the audience that several national Olympic committees have been officially admitted to IOC and thus additional teams and journalists will take part in Olympic events, Chinese People's Republic, Vietnam, Angola, Bakhrein among them.
Mr. H. Jushkjavitchus and Mr.V.Popov then answered questions of international press.
In answering question the two speakers stated that the international press will be absolutely free to cover anything they like within and outside the Olympic programme and their activities will be stimulated in full accordance with the Helsinki Accord.