ABC moves to digital newsroom with Avid Technology

Avid Technology has announced a deal with ABC News to accelerate the transition of the network’s news operations to an all-digital production environment. The transition starts immediately with ABC’s evening news program, World News Tonight, and the network’s affiliate news service, NewsOne.

World News Tonight will install an Avid Unity for News shared media network environment. The system will handle simultaneous ingest, output and edit functions between workgroups at the network’s news operations. When combined with multiple Avid NewsCutter systems exchanging media with one another, ABC will have a workflow that links analog and digital acquisition, editing, newsroom computer systems, graphics, audio, distribution and asset management.

ABC will also use Avid systems for its NewsOne service, which digitally feeds packaged news stories and media footage to ABC affiliates around the world.

Preston Davis, president of ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering, said the network is already using Avid technology in other areas of the television network and is planning to transition ABC News onto an all-digital platform.

David Krall, president and CEO of Avid, said to date Avid has installed all-digital news environments at more than 50 broadcast facilities around the world.

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