Olympic media village opens

July 26th, 2008 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 26 (Xinhua) The biggest media village in Olympic Games history has been was officially opened in northern Beijing. Zhao Jinfang, Deputy Director of Olympic village (Paralympic Village) Operation Team, hosted a brief ceremony Friday at the gate of North Star media village, also known as the Green Homeland, to welcome the accredited journalists who will cover the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games.

“Despite the differences of colours, languages and nationalities between us, we share the fascination and joy of the Olympic Games with each other,” said Zhao, who’s also supervising the North Star which together with Huiyuan compose the two residential compounds of the media village for the Beijing Games.

Media delegates from Xinhua, Beijing Olympic Broadcasting company (BOB), National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and TVB from Hong Kong, China, representing the first bunch of accredited journalists who checked in North Star Friday morning, received a special gift, a “Golden Key” craftwork at the brief ceremony.

The keys carry the best wishes of the media village operating team, Zhao said.

“All things here are big and new. It’s fabulous!” said NBC staffer Susan, whose team was given a special pass to settle Thursday in North Star before it was officially opened.

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