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Media Briefing on March 10th, 2008

On March 10th, 2008, Miss Universe 2008 organization board hold a press conference at Lotus room, Legend hotel, HoChi Minh City.

Management Board:
• Ms. Rachel Frimer – Vice President of Production
• Ms. Esther Swan – PR Manager MUO
• Mr. Nelson Feliciano – Director of Security MUO
• Ms. Loraine German – Manager of Pageant Events
• Mr. Nguyen Quoc Toan – General Director
• Mr. Vo Thanh Trung – Project Coordinator
*Mr.Duong Thuan Quy-PR Manager

Media: 15 key media


Saigon Liberation:
Firstly, I myself think that it is a tight and thoughtful regulation of Miss Universe Organization (MUO). Will Organization Board (OB) support reporters serving media work during the pageant with transportation and accommodation? How does the press center work? How will postal and communication fees be settled?

Answer: Mr. Quý – PR Manager – Uni Corp
Reporters are responsible for expenses of transport and accommodation. The organization board and MUO, however, will create good conditions for national and foreign correspondents to do their work in accordance with MUO’s rules.

The press center in Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa is well-equiped with fax machines, printers, the Internet, computers, wifi, telephones for domestic phone calls (maximum 30 minutes for each correspondent). Reporters must pay for international phone calls.

Besides, reporters can access the official website of MUO to download images, videos for media reasons.
The deadline of media registration is June 06, 2008. Vietnamese pressmen should send registration forms to the organization board as soon as posible since the organization board wishes to publish more work permits for Vietnamese reporters.

When will Miss Universe 2008 Contest start and end? How many types of work permits are there? Is there any regulation for or restriction to each kind of permit (permits for reporters, permits for TV reporters, permits for photograph reporters, etc.)? Can this permit be used for all events? Could you specify the photographing and filming at the live contest night?

Answer: Ms. Esther Swan – PR Manager of MUO
The final contest night will be held in the middle of July, the concrete date will be announced later. The contestants are expected to arrive in Vietnam by the middle or the end of June.

There is only one type of media permit for all reporters. The organization board will work with event department and will have the formal notice to reporters of which events media people are admitted to.

Reporters should notify the board of organization 48 hours earlier of the needs of photographing and filming so the organizers could make good conditions for their work. Please note that each media permit allows its owner to photograph and film a scene (in the rehearsal) at a maximum of 5 minutes. As for the live broadcasting final contest in particular, the organization board will arrange a private room for pressmen. Right after the coronation, Miss Universe 2008 will have a press conference with media world.


Few word of Ms. Rachel Frimer – Vice president of production MUO: “This is the first time that Miss Universe has been organized in Vietnam. Such an occasion brings both great honour and responsibility to Organization Board and the host of Vietnam. Not only contestants but also their relatives are going to Vietnam to support them. Consequently, this is a valuable chance for Vietnam to promote the images of its country and people to millions of tourists. We will do our best to support repoters to accomplish their work. Thank you!”.

Vietnam News:
Could you let me the exact number of the international reporters coming to Vietnam for this Event? This is the first time Vietnam to be host of a world beauty contest, so how many security personel are there? Is there a cooperation with Vietnam Security Forces? How is the security for reporters?

Answer: Ms. Esther Swan – PR Manager of MUO
It’s too early to call out the exact number of international reporters coming to Vietnam for this Event. According to Miss Universe 2007 figures, there were about 800 reporters, one-third of which are international. Each contestant has a representative reporter from her country.

Answer: Mr. Nelson Feliciano – Security Manager of MUO
MUO will not take care of the security alone, rather it will cooperate with the People’s Police of Vietnam. The number of security personel will be decided after this visit.

Regarding the security service for reporters, there will be opportunities for reporters to do filming in a maximum of 5 minutes, so reporters are advised to observe the rules and cooperate with the security personnel to avoid being interfered and halted work.

Answer: Mr. Trung – Project Manager – Uni Corp
In Vietnam, the organization board has selected several partners. During this study trip, MUO is accompanied by a group of security guards. Especially, during the month of the Event, guests will see any security personnel in uniforms but rather in well-suited like everybody else. Since it is a beauty contest honouring beautiful women, so we want to make a comfortable atmosphere for everyone.

Which television stations will be allowed to purchase TV broadcast copyright?

Answer: Mr. Trung – Project Manager – Uni Corp
The right of broadcasting the Final Contest Night of Miss Universe 2008 belongs to NBC channel (U.S.); Vietnam has the right to cover the news. Currently, the organization board is negotiating with Vietnam Television, HCM Television, and Khanh Hoa Television for the right to broadcast and we will support these television stations as much as possible.

Saigon’s Entrepreneur Weekend:
June 6, 2008 is the deadline for reporter’s registration, when will Vietnamese reporters receive media permits?

Answer: Ms. Esther Swan – PR Manager of MUO
Vietnam reporters will send their files through fax or directly send them to Mr. Quy – PR Manager of Uni Corp; right after coming to Vietnam in June, a couple days before the event kicks off, we will look at each profile and issue permits to the reporters.

Detailed information on the date and time of the event will be available in the press center.

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