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Gannett Relies on Sony for ENG

Gannett Broadcasting media company has standardized its television stations’ news acquisition process with the move to a tapeless workflow using Sony’s XDCAM EX camcorders.

The shoulder-mount camcorders will become Gannett’s chief ENG technology, and have already been distributed to KUSA-TV in Denver, Colo. The next stations to receive the XDCAM are WLTV/WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, Fla. and KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Mo.

According to Jeff Johnson, vice president of technology for Gannet Broadcasting, the XDCAMs were chosen for their increased production flexibility in the field, superior image quality and ability to deliver a more efficient workflow.

“The entire Sony product line addresses multiple applications and price points, and these camcorders are a perfect fit for our news operations,” Johnson stated in a press release. “Our crews cover such a diverse range of shooting assignments from day to day, and our ENG gear needs to be equally flexible to keep pace.