Hive of activity as media centre opens

The Straits Times produced customised items, such as a fan, a notebook and bottled water, for the summit.
The Straits Times produced customised items, such as a fan, a notebook and bottled water, for the summit.ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW

The international media centre for the Trump-Kim summit opened its doors yesterday, and was a hive of activity throughout.

Local and overseas journalists streamed into the F1 Pit Building yesterday morning, collecting their passes, picking up goodie bags and setting up shop ahead of the historic summit tomorrow.

More than 2,500 journalists - 80 per cent of them from overseas - are expected in Singapore to cover the summit between the United States and North Korea. This will be the largest media contingent Singapore has ever had to host.

More than 800 journalists collected their passes yesterday morning, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an interview.

The three-storey, 23,000 sq m F1 Pit Building has been transformed into a media centre complete with a broadcast centre, workstations and media briefing rooms, among other facilities. It will be open round the clock until Wednesday at 10pm.

The Straits Times has also set up a booth in the media lounge on the third floor. The booth features Singapore Press Holdings' publications, including ST, The Business Times, Malay-language paper Berita Harian, Tamil-language paper Tamil Murasu and Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao.

Non-subscribers will be able to receive free two-week online access to ST and Zaobao.

Customised items specially produced by ST for the summit include bottled water, a fan and a notebook.

About 300 public officers will staff the media centre during this period.

Journalists will also have no lack of food - a menu comprising 45 dishes across 15 cuisines has been planned. These include popular Singapore dishes like laksa and chicken rice, with several caterers - including airport ground handler and food firm Sats - roped in to help feed them meals from breakfast and lunch to tea and dinner.

Charmaine Ng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Hive of activity as media centre opens'. Print Edition | Subscribe