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KOAM-TV Adds Harris NewsForce System

KOAM-TV, the CBS affiliate for the Pittsburg, Kan./Joplin, Mo. market, is now using the Harris NewsForce digital news production system.

The system was installed to help speed up the news preparation workflow and save money.

"Since going live with Harris, we are able to produce more content for newscasts, employees are able to use their time more efficiently, and our newscast is visibly tighter and more polished," said Bret Falcetto, KOAM-TV’s news operations manager. "The time savings is also very apparent, as we can immediately begin to edit the feed as it is being ingested."

KOAM-TV added two Nexio Amp advanced media platform, 10 Velocity ESX editing stations and three Velocity XNG field editing systems. The Velocity ESXs are integrated with the station’s AP ENPS newsroom computer system, allowing finished clips to be added to the system’s rundown and played to air. Three Nexio Media Gateway servers are also being used to facilitate efficient news content file transfer from third-party servers.

"The cost savings we realized by running the Velocity ESX software on our existing workstations allowed us to purchase more editing software," said Falcetto. "These additional editing seats enable more users to edit simultaneously and result in less downtime, as there is no waiting for an open edit booth. When finished with the story, the user simply hits one button and the piece is ready for air."

KOAM-TV has been on the air since 1953 and completed its transition to digital broadcasting on February 17.