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International editions of newspapers bring latest worldwide news to Athens

Press release from the issuing company

Poing, 20 July 2004 - Oce will be printing a host of international newspapers from countries around the globe at the Olympic Games to deliver up-to-the-minute news from all over the world to athletes, journalists and spectators. Océ is organising its own Olympic event through its acclaimed Digital Newspaper Network (DNN), which comprises a data centre, print service providers and distributors.   The company has teamed up with Delta Singular Outsourcing Services (DSO) to produce international editions of world-renowned newspapers such as Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the Daily Telegraph in the evening in Athens. The international newspapers will be ready for distribution by the Hellenic Distribution Agency, Greece’s largest importer of international newspa-pers, within minutes of editorial sign-off. This will avoid the titles having to be flown into Athens as has happened at previous Games. Hellenic Distribution Agency will deliver to the key distribution nodes while the news is still fresh. The company is accredited to deliver straight to the International Broadcasting Centre and International Media Centre in the Olympic village. With around 11,000 athletes and over 21,500 journalists expected at the games, there will be a demand for up-to-date international newspapers, and journalists can also gain an immediate impression of how events are being received at home. Once editorial and advertising pages are completed, the publishers send their ready-to-print digital templates in a PDF file to the Océ data centre in Poing, near Munich. From there, the data is routed within minutes via a secure network to DSO. The service provider produces the newspapers with an Océ Newspaper System 7000 that will be used specifically for the Olympic Games. This system can also be used for low-cost production of short press runs, and delivers 1,000 24-page newspapers per hour, all with look and feeling the same as the conventional versions. Océ DNN is printing newspapers from several continents: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Financial Times, Aftenposten, De Volkskrant, Sydney Morning Herald, Sing Tao from Hong Kong, the Japa-nese Asahi and the Times of India. The circulation per newspaper is be-tween 150 and 2,100 copies, with a total volume of approx 6,000 units across all newspapers.