Press and fans: All you need to know!

Press and fans: All you need to know!
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The press centre of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest will be located at the Sava Centre, and opens on Saturday, the 10th of May at 9:00. The first rehearsals start on Sunday, the 11th of May. The press centre closes on the 25th of May at 14:00.

On rehearsal days, the press centre is open between 8:30 and midnight, and until 4:00 after live shows.

RTS provides shuttle busses running from the official hotels to the Belgrade Arena and the Sava Centre, free of charge for accredited guests of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. The walking distance between the Sava Centre and the Belgrade Arena is about 20 minutes, and for those who prefer fast transportation a shuttle service is available. Busses will leave every 10 minutes. As in Helsinki, public transport is free of charge for all accredited guests.

Those who applied for press or fan accredition might have noticed a change in the accreditation levels for the contest. The status P2 has been dropped, while a new status called PF has been added to the scheme.

  • P-level: Press associated with a media registered at the Chamber of Commerce only (agencies, newspapers, magazines, etc.). The accreditation card procides access to the venue during open rehearsals, the press working area and the press conference area
  • PF-level: Specially created for fan media, such as blogs, fan sites and fan magazines, who are not registered at the Chamber of Commerce. The accreditation card provides access to the venue during open rehearsals, a new and special fan media working area, the fan area and the press conference area
  • F-level: The accreditation card provides access to the venue during open rehearsals, the fan area and the press conference area

The press centre provides facilities for a variety of media. 300 desktop computers are available in the press working area, and various rooms with 210 desks with laptop connections in total. The fan working area features 20 desktop computers and 90 desks with laptop connections. Wireless internet will be available. For your convenience, we strongly recommend you to bring your own laptop! As in Helsinki, three interview spaces will be available, well-equipped with proper light facilities. 120 lockers will be available to store your most valuable equipment. A café and restaurant are available at the press centre for lunch, dinner and the necessary refreshments.

The first dress rehearsal of both Semi-Finals and the Final will be open for all media. Tickets will be distributed in advance. The accreditation card alone does not provide access to dress rehearsals and live shows.

RTS and the EBU will collaborate intensively to provide accredited journalists with the best service. Between 10th and 25th of May, press releases and high-resolution photo material, free of rights, can be downloaded from the website's press zone.

Application for accreditation to the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest takes place online and closes on the 30th of April.


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