The Scripps Cleveland ABC affiliate adapted Skype technology using an HD camera mounted in a news vehicle to air live coverage of snow covered highways during the morning news.
Scripps ABC affiliate WEWS Cleveland (DMA 17) used Skype technology from a moving news vehicle during Wednesday’s winter storm coverage. WEWS debuted the moving live video during Good Morning Cleveland beginning at 5 a.m.
WEWS photographer Bill Ringen showed live video of road conditions from his news vehicle as he drove over area highways.
“It’s wonderful to be able to take advantage of this technology,” Ringen said. “WEWS was able to show viewers exactly what the roads were like.”
Ringen has worked for several months on adapting the technology for broadcast and field-tested the equipment the day before to make sure all systems were a go.
WEWS adapted Skype technology using the station’s high-definition cameras. Ringen mounted the camera on his news vehicle’s dashboard, which provided viewers with moving live video from the road, showing exact conditions and even live video of accidents.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson added to the station’s team coverage of the storm in the early morning hours by providing live reports with the Skype technology. Johnson showed live weather conditions from outside his home in Lake County.
“WEWS is the market leader of using new technologies to enhance our news gathering capabilities,” says WEWS News Director Jill Manuel, “Skype gives WEWS viewers more video and more information that helps keep them safe.”
The live continuous stream of the Skype video was also available on the station’s Web site newsnet5.com.