Latest TV, the local television channel for Brighton and Hove, went live on 28 August with aQ’s QNews, a platform that offers full-scale NRCS functionality.
Latest chose QNews to provide the planning, preparation and production tools for all of their studio shows, particularly their daily news output .Journalists can use the system anywhere, on any device, via the QNews web gateway.
“We provided our QSeries software, the hardware for the database server to run on, plus four days on-site work for installation, configuration and training,” said aQ Broadcast CEO Neil Hutchins. “Importantly, we also installed our Tricaster interface, allowing clips and captions to be selected and entered within QNews, and then prepared and loaded onto the Tricaster in a single operation. This ensures that the turnover time between programmes using the gallery and studio is kept to an absolute minimum.”
Latest TV channel director David Cuff added: “We spent a long time evaluating potential candidates for our scripting system, but chose QNews because it offered the best value for money and greatest flexibility. aQ has designed a user-friendly NRCS that has significantly helped us to launch a 24-hour station, and their local support has been timely and helpful.”
Latest TV is aQ’s second customer in the UK local TV sector. Hutchins explained: “Local TV initiatives are a key area of expertise for us. In this case, as with Mustard TV earlier this year, it was clear that integration with Tricaster would be particularly important for the gallery operation. The fact that our software communicates directly with the NewTek SDK, rather than via a third-party component, meant that it was straightforward to extend our functionality to match Latest TV’s precise requirements.”