Singapore media conglomerate Mediacorp recently reached the end of its move to a new facilities campus. The broadcast company is now operating from television and radio studios in a purpose-built production centre at the Mediapolis technology development in the one-north district, featuring newly installed Lawo consoles and routers alongside Octopus newsroom systems, EVS playout servers and Vizrt studio automation.
A new 4.2.2 version of graphic asset management server CAMIO for news production comes with the HubDrive file distribution tool and LUCI5 and an HTML5 update of the user interface.
Social media - particularly Tweets - is now a major part of television news. Bulletins link to Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, which also feature coverage and, increasingly, live video of breaking events outside of scheduled programmes. This growing trend is shown at Canadian broadcaster CHEK TV, which is using a specific system to deliver news to social and web outlets alongside its main output.
Podcasting may have begun as a consumer application, but now thousands of professionals have a found a paying niche with specialty programming aimed at listeners throughout the world. As podcasts continue to grow, equipment manufacturers are targeting the market with a range of speciality gear.
Avid has announced that KTBS-TV, an independent television station in Shreveport, Louisiana, has revamped its production and news workflow and expanded its storage capacity with two of the industry’s most powerful tools: the Avid MediaCentral Platform (a tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media) and Avid NEXIS (a software-defined storage platform for storing and managing media).
Even with the emphasis on video automation and networking in news production, sound remains a key part of the process. This is illustrated by Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) fitting out the audio areas of its main television news studios with a new networked mixing and distribution system based on the Solid State Logic (SSL) System T audio over IP (AoIP)-based product range.