OmniBus Automates TWC's Regional News Nets

Time Warner Cable has added OmniBus automation systems to two more of its regional news networks -- News 9 San Antonio and News 24 Houston.

At each of the Texas facilities, an OmniBus automation system is integrated with a Pinnacle Systems Vortex video server, AP's ENPS newsroom production system, and VertigoXmedia graphics automation to enable broadcast of local news, weather, and sports delivered in the wheel format, according to OmniBus

The OmniBus system serves as the central interface for controlling devices, getting feedback, and relaying playout messages, and the OmniBus Desktop Control (ODC) interface allows users to search and browse archived material, create graphics, put production elements for studio events into a script, and control a variety of other functions from a desktop.

Time Warner Cable previously installed similar systems at its regional news operations in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. and Albany, N.Y. News 9 San Antonio launched April 4, 2003, as San Antonio's first 24/7 local news channel. News 24 Houston launched Dec. 12, 2002. Both are operated under a partnership with Time Warner Cable and the Belo Corp.