Reuters will be the first global news agency to deliver video, scripts and story information to broadcasters in a single integrated digital file when it debuts a new service at the end of the year.
Receiving Reuters 24-hour video news content via digital files will mean broadcasters no longer have to monitor, or manually record, incoming feeds. It will also allow vital supporting information to be linked to the video as it travels through the newsroom. Video files, instead of linear video feeds, will cut broadcasters' workloads and make the management of the video through the production process as simple as possible.
Each file will include the video news story and the metadata, including source detail, re-usage rights, shot lists and scripts. The service will be tested by 15 Reuters clients around the world and is due for launch by the end of 2003.