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    At Sapporo, there are three times as many newsmen as competitors in the 11th Winter Olympic Games.

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    Background: At Sapporo, there are three times as many newsmen as competitors in the 11th Winter Olympic Games. One quarter of the huge press corps work for agencies, newspapers, television or radio of the 34 visiting nations: the remainder are Japanese.

    To cope with such a large number, sapporo olympic authorities spent millions of yen constructing special press facilities -- from a giant complex (press centre) on the hill overlooking the Makomanai sites to many multi-storey flat units to accommodate them.

    Each games venue is equipped with special press rooms with full telephone, telex and teleprinter services.

    While the bulk of the reporting work is done by the big news agencies like Reuters of Britain, the authorities have also ensured good facilities for individual correspondents. The news agencies have all installed special facilities to enable them to file stories direct to head offices in London or New York
    One of the bigger press operations is that being run by Kyodo, the largest Japanese news agency which services almost all national and country papers in Japan.

    Even bigger is the staff working for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). In its capacity as official broadcaster for the games, NHK has a staff of 1,200 ranging from commentators to technicians and cameramen.

    From 52 colour cameras around the scattered games venues, NHK will provide a comprehensive live and video television coverage to major areas of the world such as west and east Europe, the United States, the Soviet Union and Canada. Film from 50 cinecameramen will be distributed even further around the world - mostly by Visnews.

    The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) secured the north american rights for 6.5-million dollars and has an experienced team of 70 commentators, writers and technicians in Sapporo. NBC set up extensive technical facilities to provide a comprehensive service by satellite for American tv viewers.

    Most European broadcasters are represented in a joint coverage programme organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Commentators from the various countries will give a blow-by-blow description in daily satellite feeds to European viewers.

    To accommodate visiting broadcasters, NHK built a special olympic centre alongside their Sapporo studios in the city centre.

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