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Government Olympic Communication service to launch

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Dedicated team for government communications during London 2012 opens for business this week.

The Government Olympic Communication (GOC) press office will go live from tomorrow.

It will provide a single point of contact for London 2012-related media enquiries on behalf of all UK Government departments and agencies from the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the UK until the end of the Paralympic Games on 9 September.

It will be run by existing communications staff from across Government and will provide:

  • a dedicated team to deal with media queries related to the Government’s role in London 2012;
  • a single place to request interviews with ministers from across Government;
  • media opportunities in the run-up to the Games;
  • a dedicated website for the media, bringing together news on the Games from across Government;
  • @2012govpress - a dedicated press office twitter feed.

The GOC team will operate seven days a week and can be contacted on +44 (0)20 7271 1700 and

You can also follow the @2012govuk twitter account for non-press information about London 2012, or view the London 2012 section of our website.

Office hours:

  • 14 May - 24 June: 0800 - 1800
  • 25 June - 8 July: 0700 - 2200
  • 16 July - 12 August: 24 hours a day
  • 13 August - 26 August: 0700 - 2200
  • 27 August - 9 September: 24 hours a day

A duty press officer will be available outside of office hours.

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