Doha: CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Nasser Al Khater, who revealed the media coverage plan for this historic event, said 12,300 journalists in various media were officially accredited to cover the events of the tournament.
The organizing committee has provided all the necessary and unprecedented equipment to provide excellent media coverage, to keep pace with this largest and most important sporting event.
In this regard, licenses of media representatives have been approved to report on the tournament, and all FIFA member football federations have received a certain number of written press and photographer licenses, which must later be presented to the national media institutions and their representatives. Scattered.
FIFA explained that non-entitled institutions, radio or television companies that do not have the rights to broadcast FIFA Qatar 2022 will be given a very limited number of permits and will not be allowed to enter stadiums on match days.
FIFA TV is directly responsible for media rights licensees, TV and radio rights holders, and the FIFA broadcasting services team liaises with media rights licensees on a regular basis and will inform them directly about the accreditation procedures and all things licensing. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the most distinctive edition since 1930 for the short distances between stadiums, the tournament will also witness four matches per day during the group stage and most events will take place in Doha and the surrounding area without the need for domestic flights and one accommodation may be sufficient for the duration of the tournament.
FIFA and Qatar 2022 will provide advanced infrastructure and services for accredited media, and the Main Media Center (MMC) will be housed at the International Broadcast Center, which will serve as a transfer center to the participating teams’ headquarters on the day-to-day basis. match and to the eight great stadiums, the nearest being the Education City Stadium which is only 4 km from the main media center and the furthest Al Bayt Stadium which is 45 km away.
The media may request to attend a maximum of two matches per day during the group stage, provided they are not consecutive, in order to allow sufficient time to switch between stadiums. MMC will provide fully equipped facilities for accredited media to monitor the matches and press conferences remotely, and all press conferences will be held in the center the day before each match.
Al Khater indicated that the MMC will be located in the Qatar National Convention Center of Education City, stressing that it will have a virtual stadium for journalists who do not have a ticket to attend the matches, in order to have a distinct and unique experience. offer.
Al Khater confirmed that 78 channels have obtained the rights to broadcast the tournament, in addition to seven centers that will have studios for broadcasting the World Cup, and more than 95 percent of them are booked. He stressed that Qatar has made great efforts to help media outlets that do not have FIFA licenses, and their main center will be in Msheireb, along with two other centers in Doha Corniche and Souq Waqif.
Fatima Al Nuaimi, SC’s Executive Director of Communications and Media, said Qatar Media Portal digital platform is a valuable resource for media professionals and broadcaster representatives from around the world to cover the World Cup matches and associated events.
She added that SC is looking forward to welcoming thousands of media professionals and broadcaster representatives to participate in the coverage of the historic events of the Championship, and pleased to put in their hands the best services and necessary facilities, providing an exceptional guarantee media coverage. experience.
The portal provides an integrated platform for obtaining tickets to Qatar (Hayya card) and photography permits for all media professionals and representatives of broadcasters who will cover the tournament, whether they have host country permits or FIFA permits, and media representatives of media rights holders of FIFA and non-media rights holders.