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25.09.2009, author: Kateřina Regendová, kategorie: News

The Main Press Centre is set up in Hilton Praha hotel

The Centre will be open non-stop for the whole visit of Benedict XVI.
The Main Press Centre is set up in Hilton Praha hotel

The Main Press Centre is ready at Hilton Praha hotel for all journalists from home and abroad who have obtained accreditation. The facilities, which have been set up by the Czech Bishops' Conference, are situated in the congress section of the hotel. Two smaller centers with basic equipment have been set up by the Office of the President of the Czech Republic on the sites of the two large meetings in Brno and Stará Boleslav.

Technical facilities in the Main Press Center:

  • TV and radio workspaces (booths) for receiving and editing live international signal
  • accommodation for up to 60 journalists, photographers and radio reporters (places available upon occupation.)
  • working places equipped with broadband Internet access via a standard RJ45 connectors with 220 V power plug
  • Wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) and several ISDN lines
  • a few desktop computers, telephones with international dialing, fax, printer and copy machine

You may find more information concerning the equipment of the Main Centre at its own web page Main Press Centre.


  • editing booths and live TV signal from the Papal visit coverage, produced by Czech Television (CT) provided free of charge
  • signal processing and distribution into editing booths and technical, production and organizational support provided on-site by Eurovision/EBU and charged under the standard contractual arrangements
  • live broadcast of all the individual meetings with Benedict XVI. by the Czech Television on screens in the Main Centre
  • planned regular evening briefings with the Vatican press secretary, father Federica Lombardiho
  • distribution of the Holy Father's speeches and various press releases
  • basic refreshments (coffee, tea, water, pastry, fruits) available for free
  • parking space for media representatives near the press center at Hilton Prague hotel venue (incl. OB-vans and SNG/DSNG cars, free power supply (32A plugs), reservation by e-mail required)

Further information about equipment and services as well as about transportation to the hotel is available at the page of the Main Press Centre.

Press centre opening hours:

  • Friday, 25/9/2009, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (TV and radio equipment installation only)
  • Saturday, 26/9/2009, 7:00 am – 12:00 am (non-stop)
  • Sunday, 27/9/2009, 12:00 am – 12:00 am (non-stop)
  • Monday, 28/9/2009, 12:00 am – 11:00 pm

Contact information:

Lukáš Teplý,
Prague international press centre coordinator
mobil: +420 737 315 818

Contact person for the journalists on-site is father Jan Balík, mobil +420 603 433 748, e-mail

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