Ink at eleven

Ink at eleven

Byline: Ann Muder

You probably wouldn’t expect to find a TV camera at a newspaper. But in Canada, 15 newspaper facilities now have remote-controlled television studios in their newsrooms. Recently, the Canadian Global Television Network acquired the Southam Newspaper Group, one of the largest newspaper groups in Canada. To combine the newsgathering potential of its print and broadcast operations, the network installed Telemetrics camera robotics systems in the newly acquired newspaper facilities, stretching from Newfoundland in the East to Vancouver Island in the West.

The remote studios can be accessed from 11 broadcast facilities to provide live reports. The broadcast facilities connect with the remote studios via a dial-up modem with a dedicated access button for each location. Each broadcast facility has a control panel that establishes full studio control of any of the remote studios. “It’s all being done from the control room,” says Telemetrics vice president Anthony Cuomo. “All the talent would do is walk into this one facility and stand there, and the remote location would run the entire show.”

The camera robotics systems feature Telemetrics PT-HP-S Remote Pan/Tilt Mechanisms, which the broadcast facilities can control to provide smooth pan, tilt, zoom, and focus movements. The system makes it easy for reporters to get on the air quickly.

“These are all newsrooms, not normally TV studios,” says Cuomo. “So the people there are not trained in doing television. They’re more trained in the reporting aspect. So [the system] enables this new network to get up and running very quickly utilizing the newspaper facilities to get video and TV reporting on right away.”

Ann Muder is associate editor for Millimeter.

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