ITV News to Refit All 10 U.K. Regional News Sites With ChyronHego’s BlueNet™
ChyronHego today announced that ITV plc, the U.K.’s largest commercial television network, will replace the complete graphics infrastructure across its 10 ITV News regions with ChyronHego’s BlueNet™. The BlueNet end-to-end graphics workflow solution, an innovative mix of cloud services with ground applications and hardware, will enable ITV News to establish a highly efficient model of collaborative graphics creation that in turn supports each U.K. ITV News site in taking more high-quality graphics to air in the shortest cycle time.
“The ChyronHego solution for ITV’s regional news graphics production has enabled us to transform the way we produce quality on-screen graphics live-to-air,” said Paul Stevenson, director of technology and technical operations at ITV News. “We have centralised our creative graphics hub, allowing our small team of skilled designers to collaborate and serve our dispersed regional news studio operations. Journalists in the regions will have a powerful set of templates giving them the capability to produce their own high-quality graphics with a fast turnaround to serve their local news programmes."
BlueNet leverages ChyronHego’s award-winning suite of graphics tools to streamline ordering and graphics asset management, graphics creation, and real-time playout in a complete graphics workflow, from creation through to production. ITV selected BlueNet following an extensive evaluation process, and the resulting installation will include ChyronHego’s CAMIO Cluster, located at the ITV News Birmingham hub, for asset management, content replication, and business continuity. Each regional site will be equipped with a CAMIO server that will manage local assets; a pair of LEX³˙¹ graphics playout devices; MicroX graphics playout systems; and ChyronHego’s MediaMaker, seamlessly creating graphics for editing applications such as Avid Media Composer, NewsCutter, and others. The ChyronHego Desktop Multi-viewer will enable remote monitoring, maintenance, and control of any devices.
ITV News will employ ChyronHego’s full line of Axis World Graphics cloud-based solutions. Major modules from the platform will include Axis maps and news for content creation; Axis order for workflow management, job tasking, monitoring, and control; and Axis Statistical Reporting for productivity management.
“ChyronHego is all about workflow, ease of use, and how fast graphics can be designed, updated and pushed to air,” said Michael Wellesley-Wesley, CEO at ChyronHego. “As ITV News discovered in testing BlueNet, the benefits of implementing our hybrid graphics workflow within the multisite news production model are stunning. Cloud-based centralisation of graphics creation yields better access to shared assets, enhances collaboration among staff, improves interoperability with third-party systems, and enables a dramatic reduction in production time. We have been fine-tuning the news workflow for many years now, and with its launch of BlueNet, ITV News will experience first-hand the enormous power of ChyronHego solutions.”
At the time of this release, ITV Granada and ITV Central are both fully commissioned and operational. The remaining regional rollout will continue until summer 2013.
Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR) is a leading provider of Graphics as a Service for on-air and digital video applications including newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities, and corporate video environments. An Emmy® Award-winning company whose products have defined the world of digital and broadcast graphics, Chyron’s graphics solutions include the Axis World Graphics online content creation software and order management system, on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding, and graphics asset management solutions, all of which may be incorporated into the company’s BlueNet™ end-to-end graphics workflow.
Founded in 1969, Hego has spent over four decades helping broadcasters and the sports industry offer audiences a more engaging live entertainment experience. Hego has a reputation for being at the forefront of enhancing the presentation of live data and video through its innovative technology in real-time graphics, virtual graphics, touch and telestration, as well as its revolutionary 3D player tracking system. These capabilities are delivered either as products or as full production services.Headquartered out of Stockholm, Sweden the company also has offices in Finland, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, the United Kingdom and the United States.