That’s Solent, the new local TV channel for the south coast, went live with aQ Broadcast’s QNews newsroom system.
aQ installed QNews, providing newsroom functionality with integrated prompting and a connection to the station’s automation system. Following the installation the news team was able to collaborate on the same running order; programme timing information was available; text updates appeared instantly on the prompter; scripts and rundowns could be printed; and video clips could be selected for playback from the automation system and graphics entered as part of the script production process.
Neil Hutchins, aQ Broadcast managing director, said, “It was exciting to be involved with the launch of That’s Solent and provide a system that made the production process much easier for the news team.
“QNews has been used at hundreds of sites around the world. Because we have always taken customer input very seriously, the QNews software can be configured in any number of ways to precisely suit individual requirements. The fact that we were able to have the That’s Solent’s team up and running within 48 hours of the initial enquiry demonstrates the flexibility of our NRCS solution and our commitment to the Local TV sector in the UK”.
The QNews multi-column script layout can be set to follow the prompt position as the presenter reads from it, which enabled the That’s Solent technical director to see the script and the corresponding director’s instructions in real time during a live show. The customisable screen and print layouts enabled the news editor to define a screen appearance that was suited to the preferred workflow.
That’s Solent is the first station to launch as part of the That’s TV Network, the UK’s largest Local TV licence operator, which was awarded exclusive licenses by Ofcom to broadcast in The Solent, Oxford, Basingstoke, Reading, Surrey and Salisbury.