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Swiss Television chooses Annova’s OpenMedia

Swiss Television (SF) has decided to spec and install a comprehensive implementation of OpenMedia from newsroom system provider Annova Systems.

Swiss Television (SF) has decided to spec and install a comprehensive implementation of OpenMedia from newsroom system provider Annova Systems.

SRG SSSR (the Swiss state broadcaster) is currently running a convergence project, with the aim of bringing radio and TV together within each language area. In German speaking Switzerland, the new organisation will be called Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) from January next year. In the new organisation, there will be two main editorial offices for radio and TV news and departments such as online, culture and sport will be managed jointly.

At Schweizer Fernsehen, OpenMedia plays a leading role not only in the planning of themes and events, but also for broadcast planning and on-air control. Realtime news from a total of nine agencies is delivered to an OpenMedia ticker display; and within the complex workflow OpenMedia is also working with another 13 systems including scheduling, CMS, automation, graphics, teleprompter and video-servers within the complex workflow. Using MOS and XML interfaces as a well as individual scripts OpenMedia integrates systems by Quantel, AVID Unity, Grass Valley K2, Autoscript, Vizrt, eZ Publish and Exchange. In addition EBU dopesheets and the systems Proteus (Traffic and station management), FARO (video archive), Newsoffice (shared contact information) and FAB (title generation) are integrated via XML into the workflow of Schweizer Fernsehen.

Flexibility, integration potential and modularity were the key factors in selecting OpenMedia to replace the previously incumbent Avid iNews newsroom systems. With OpenMedia Version 3.7 Annova Systems is able to meet the stringent requirements of SF and so enables employees to work in ways that are not only innovative but also more efficient.

Taking advantage of the OpenMedia Connect module, the existing and separate OpenMedia systems at Information Radio DRS in Bern and at tri-media project Kinderwelten in Zurich will be connected with the main SF system. For each user, the appearance is as if they were working with a single system – planning and stories from one system can be directly used in the broadcast schedule of the others.

OpenMedia is currently being implemented at Schweizer Fernsehen and is expected to be commissioned this year. Dieter Fahrni, project manager for the introduction of the new editorial system, said: “The decisive points for the change to OpenMedia were the new planning tools and the broad possibilities for integration with surrounding systems. With the module OpenMedia Connect we also gained the possibility to support the tri-media focus of our company.”