Paris-le Bourget is the proposed site for the Main Media Centre if Paris host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Paris 2024

Paris 2024 today launched a comprehensive guide to what the media can expect if they are awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Among the things promised in the five-page document are free wifi and a wide-range of high-quality food, two things which have proved a problem at previous events.

Other promises include that "Paris 2024 will devise a compact and efficient plan for its media centre, tailored to the daily needs of the media and offering real proximity to the competition and celebration sites".

They also claimed that that 70 per cent of the competition venues will located within 30 minutes of the Media Village.

Transport will function 24 hours a day and serve 100 per cent of Games sites, Paris 2024 guaranteed.

The publication by Paris 2024 of their media plans followed a call yesterday by the International Sport Press Association (AIPS) at its Congress in Seoul to think more about the needs of journalists.

It is estimated that 20,000 journalists, broadcasters and technicians will cover the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games if they are awarded to the French capital.

The site of the Main Media Centre (MMC) is due to be on a site at Paris-le Bourget, an airport best known now for hosting the Paris Air Show. 

The site is also notable for a number of major historical moments.

It first gained international acclaim on 21 May in 1927 when aviator Charles Lindbergh landed on the adjacent airstrip to complete his history-making non-stop flight from New York City.

In June 1940, Adolf Hitler began his first and only tour of Paris from the airport after successfully invading France. 

In 1961 it was also the place where the Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected.

The MMC will provide more than 110,000 square metres of workspace and 13 hectares of outdoor space.

Los Angeles 2024, Paris' only rivals, propose to have the MMC on the campus at the University of Southern California. 

There were complaints about several aspects of the way the media was was treated at Rio 2016 ©YouTube
There were complaints about several aspects of the way the media was was treated at Rio 2016 ©YouTube

Access to free wifi at major sports events has often caused protests. 

Before London 2012, AIPS protested that journalists would be charged for up to £150 ($200/€175) for a month's access to the internet. 

At Rio 2016 there was limited free access to wifi but get a faster connection journalists to had to pay to upgrade.

Paris 2024 are proposing free wifi at all competition venues and also on official transport. 

The poor quality and shortage of food at the Main Press Centre and International Broadcast Centre at Rio 2016 was a major complaint.

Making the most of Paris’ reputation as the world’s culinary capital, media will have access to a wide range of delicious, high-quality French and world food at the Media Village, the MMC and in venues.

Many journalists at Rio 2016 also suffered from the lack of frequency of the transport, particularly late at night when they returned from competition venues, as well as the length of time it took to travel between Olympic sites. 

"Paris 2024 has been working hard to develop a concept that will allow media to experience these Games like no other," they promised in a document distributed to journalists covering the IOC Evaluation Commission here.

"By drawing on Paris’ proven experience and track record of hosting incredible global events, Paris 2024 is going above and beyond to create an array of benefits that meet the needs of the world’s media."

Paris 2024 have also vowed to establish a media advisory group, including Olympic and Paralympic specialists, international and French media, to work together with journalists from all around the world, to provide regular information regarding the preparation of the Games.