Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moving Olympic Media Centre Would Save [Pounds Sterling]100m

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moving Olympic Media Centre Would Save [Pounds Sterling]100m

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Byline: MATTHEW BEARD

COST-cutting proposals to move part of the 2012 media centre from Hackney to Stratford City have taken a step forward.

2012 chiefs outlined plans for facilities for 10,000 print journalists to be moved in a meeting with the International Olympic Committee this week.

The move would see the journalists housed in an office block within Westfield's Stratford City complex at an estimated saving of [pounds sterling]100 million.

The alternative would be for the facility to remain on its original site,but in a temporary building, next to the broadcast centre in Hackney.

An IOC source said: "We have asked the organising committee to come back to us with their preferences. We need to be sure that transport works in both options." Even if the facility remains in Hackney it will be modest in comparison to the planned [pounds sterling]380 million structure that was to have been transformed after 2012 into a "digital city", creating 8,000 jobs in the borough. …

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