21/09/2009

UTV 'Breaking News' Faster

News Image

News on NI's commercial TV station will now be getting to viewers faster than before.

Thanks to new equipment, UTV has radically pushed back its deadlines so that breaking news stories are "well within reach right up to on-air time".

The Ormeau Road broadcaster has become one of the first television companies in the UK to introduce Panasonic P2 cameras in conjunction with its new tapeless editing system from Avid.

This represents a significant investment by UTV in the very latest broadcasting technology which has transformed the efficiency and speed of UTV's cross-platform news production.

This removes any duplication and time consuming processes creating a workflow that maximises speed to air for breaking news stories across all platforms.

Sean Ferrin, Head of Resources, UTV, said: "The new Avid tapeless world has transformed the efficiency of the workflows within the UTV newsroom for television, radio and online.

"We now have the ability to ingest, view and edit live external feeds seconds after recordings begin and the quality of this product has enabled sophisticated packages to develop.

"We also invested in Panasonic P2 camcorder allowing news material to be ingested at up to twenty times faster than real time.

"This new system has radically changed the timeline for our staff who are working to tight deadlines."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director at UTV Television, said: "This is a significant investment from UTV which reinforces our commitment to local news, the most watched news in Northern Ireland.

"The new newscutters give us much higher quality and sophistication in our packages and the P2 cards mean loading of material is instantaneous which considerably speeds up the editing process."

Sean Ferrin added: "Technical support and training for our staff were key to these changes taking place successfully.

"The new system means there have also been changes to how footage is archived. For many news stories from shooting to transmission there are no tapes involved now and therefore a protected and secure media management tool for archive material has also been introduced."

(KMcA/BMcc)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

04 January 2011
UTV In Your Hands
Northern Ireland broadcaster UTV has launched into the mobile app market, with a free UTV Live mobile app available for download on both iTunes and Android market.
04 July 2014
UTV Ireland Secures Dublin Headquarters
UTV's new all-Ireland channel has secured its headquarters in the ground floor of Macken House, Dublin 1. UTV Media plc is already located at Macken House, with its FM104 radio station located on the first floor and Q102, UTV Radio Solutions and UTV Sales based on the second floor of the building.
22 September 2009
UTV's Birthday To Be Celebrated
Viewers of Ulster Television are to get the chance to celebrate a major broadcasting milestone. This autumn, the channel celebrates 50 years of broadcasting - a birthday being officially marked on 31 October.
09 June 2010
Plug Pulled On UTV's Welsh News Pilot
There's muted disappointment at a regional TV station this week as a pilot scheme to provide a replacement news service for ITV Wales is now to be scrapped. The new government's Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said that it would be "inappropriate" to spend scarce public money "propping up expensive regional news services".
27 January 2010
UTV Welcomes NI Affairs Committee Call
Regional broadcaster, UTV has welcomed yesterday's Northern Ireland Affairs Committee report on Television Broadcasting in Northern Ireland. It called on the Government to set up a fund for non-news programming for NI.
09 December 2009
UTV Media Helps Launch 'Wales Live'
One of the UK's leading regional television news provider has teamed up with Welsh news publisher NWN Media to apply for the Government's recently announced Independently Funded News Consortium (IFNC) pilot project in Wales.
28 February 2014
UTV Ireland Given The Go Ahead
UTV Ireland has received approval to start a new television service in the Republic of Ireland. The new station will air from the January 2015 following the signing of a 10-year agreement with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).
03 December 2010
UTV Moves Ahead On Archiving
Ulster Television (UTV) has teamed up with a leading supplier of digital media solutions, Tyrell CCT in a deal that will boost the broadcaster's programme archiving system.
14 January 2010
UTV On Shortlist For Regional News
Belfast-based Ulster Television (UTV) has been shortlisted to provide the Government's Independently Funded News Consortium (IFNC) pilot projects in both the Tyne Tees/Border region and with our partner NWN Media in Wales.
24 August 2011
UTV 'Means Business'
The popular UTV Live Tonight programme returns to the small screen next week with an enhanced focus on business and economics.
25 March 2010
UTV 'Preferred Bidder' For News Pilot
UTV has won its bid to run an independent news service in Wales. This positive development will be all the more welcome at Havelock House as UTV has just this week posted a profit slide, thanks mainly to recessionary pressures on advertising revenues.
21 January 2009
UTV News Output To Be Slashed
It has just been revealed that UTV's news output is indeed to be slashed - an anticipated development that has already seen senior journalists and presenters preparing to leave Havelock House.
08 April 2008
UTV Escapes ITV News Cutbacks
News operations at Ulster Television are to be saved from widespread cut-backs by the national broadcaster ITV. Neither UTV or its Scottish equivalent, STV are to be hit by the £40m cost-savings initiated by ITV. Both UTV and STV are independent companies and are not affected by the decision.
31 July 2001
UTV in race for ITV news contract
UTV is part of a consortium of news providers bidding for the contract to supply news to ITV. With applications to close on Tuesday July 31, ITN was facing competition from the consortium known as Channel Three News. The tender by Channel Three News is the first to threaten ITN's prized contract, which accounts for about 45 per cent of its revenue.
17 August 2015
Other News In Brief
NI Comes Up Tops At WordSkills Sao Paulo 2015 Northern Ireland has won four medals and a medallion for excellence at the global skills competition WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015 as part of Team UK. The success followed four days of competition against more than 1,000 of the world’s most skilled young people.