Media to camp in Johannesberg for soccer event

JOHANNESBURG — The Intl. Broadcast Center for the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, to be held in South Africa, will be based in Johannesberg.

The capital beat bids from the coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban for the center, which will be used by broadcasters from around the world covering the event, which runs June 11 to July 11, 2010.

High-tech digital facilities will be built at the Nasrec Center, in the south of the city, at a cost of $60 million. Nasrec currently accommodates Soccer City, the Johannesburg Expo Center and a golf course.

It is the first time that that sport’s most-watched tourney, held every four years, has taken place anywhere in Africa.

During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the IBC in Munich hosted 13,400 accredited TV commentators, camera crew and technical staff.  It broadcast to more than 120 TV and radio stations in 190 countries to more than 26 billion people.

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