Reuters-TIMA, a partnership announced in February this year, is expanding its network by adding studio hubs in major international cities.
The new studio locations will be based in Moscow and Rio de Janeiro and will provide access to breaking news and events, together with logistical and editorial support. This is designed to improve services for clients in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as coverage of other major stories from the region. Reuters-TIMA also celebrated the recent opening of an office in New York’s Times Square, to complement its existing UN facility in New York.
Reuters teamed up with global facilities and content services provider TIMA (The International Media Associates) in order to deliver location services to broadcasters and online publishers. Over 30 major media outlets have used the service to date, including CNN, Nippon TV, Euronews and Seven Network.
The partnership brings together local knowledge with strategically placed broadcast and mobile resources, from robust satellite uplinks in America, Europe and Asia, to live feed services via dedicated fibre circuits. Reuters-TIMA is set up to cover every major world event with a network extending from Washington to Singapore, with a number of Middle Eastern offices, including TIMA’s facilities in Tehran.
“We are committed to providing a comprehensive international broadcast service which is well-placed to cover all major international stories,” commented Tim Santhouse, Reuters’ global head of video products. “At a time when many news organisations are reducing their resources, we are actively investing in our services so we can effectively respond to our clients’ needs.”
Alla Salehian, CEO of TIMA, added: “We are creating an infrastructure to help broadcasters cover the news more cost-efficiently and are therefore proud to unveil the new studio hubs. Once these are fully operational, we will be looking towards Asia and Africa.”