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Yonhap appointed as host news agency for PyeongChang 2018

All News 16:52 March 11, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Yonhap News Agency was appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday to serve as the host national news agency and national photo pool for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Park No-hwang, CEO and president of Yonhap, and Anthony Edgar, chairman of the IOC's Press Commission, signed the agreement at the news agency's headquarters in Seoul.

Yonhap previously served as the host national news agency for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. PyeongChang 2018 will be the first Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The agreement acknowledges Yonhap's key responsibility to provide "comprehensive national news, sports and pictorial coverage" of the PyeongChang Winter Games, with a focus on South Korean athletes, and also to make such coverage widely available to South Korea's national media.

"As the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be a festival for the world hosted by our people on a national level, we will dutifully fulfill our role as the host national news agency to ensure its success," Park said.

Under the agreement, Yonhap will receive its accreditation for PyeongChang 2018 directly from the IOC, while other South Korean news media will receive accreditation from the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC). The press accreditation process for PyeongChang 2018 starts in November.

Yonhap will also enjoy similar status and privileges given to the world news agencies recognized by the IOC -- The Associated Press (AP), Thomson Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) -- for PyeongChang 2018.

Edgar said the IOC is "delighted" with Yonhap's appointment.

"Yonhap will play an important role at the Olympic Games by ensuring that a comprehensive news and sports coverage of the games, with a focus on the performance of the Korean athletes, is made available to news organizations across the country to supplement their own coverage," Edgar said. "As the national photo pool, all photos taken by Yonhap photographers in pool positions will be made available to all Korean news organizations free of charge, significantly enhancing the national press's coverage of PyeongChang 2018."

As South Korea's key wire service founded in 1980 through the merger of Hapdong News Agency and the Orient Press, Yonhap employs about 580 journalists and photographers, along with 60 correspondents in major international cities, comprising the largest news-gathering network in the country. It has news content exchange agreements with 83 news agencies in 70 nations.

Yonhap provides news in seven languages -- Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish and Arabic.


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