The International Media Centre has opened its doors to a flood of journalists, camera and technician crews.

The purpose-built site will operate 24 hours a day and broadcast to the world.

Whitney Angell reports.


It’s the size of two football fields.

And it needs to be to house thousands of overseas and domestic media crews.

Only accreditated journalists are allowed in the 10,000 square metre site, passing through various security checkpoints before entering the buzzing hub.

The stats of the centre are impressive: 960 individual work spaces; 110 broadcast offices.

A four tonne screen, hanging from the ceiling, made up of 324 individual TV sets.

Thirty-six cameras within the Media Centre and 10 more, operating accross the city.

Marc Segar, Host Broadcast Director: “Those venues are remotely produced, so the cameras are on site but the control, director and the person who’s switching it is back here, so that keeps the core production team here.”

With over 200 km of cable and 80 terrabites of storage, the centre of the operation behind me will capture every moment of the G20 and stream it to the world.

Venue planning took more than a year but construction moved at a much faster pace.

Reg Gratton, International Media Centre Manager: “So in two weeks, they created this out of an empty exhibition hall, including 10,000 square metres of carpeting.”

Marc Segar, Host Broadcaster Director: “It’s one of the biggest projects that we’ve probably done in Australia and certaintly one of the biggest projects that Australia’s hosted.”

One country will be watching the operation closely, Turkey.

Oznur Cakir Dogan, TRT Turkey: “We will be host next year so it is important for us now in Australia. We will cover what’s happening in Brisbane, on the streets, possible protests maybe, because if this conference will be in Turkey I think there will be some protests.”

And to power the energy the media will require over the next few days, there’s a buffet, dining areas, and snack stations open 24/7.