The three Washington stations will share footage of general market news events that will be designed for cross-platform use.
In Washington (DMA 9), Fox O&O WTTG, NBC O&O WRC and Gannett’s CBS affiliate WUSA announced Thursday that the stations have created a local news service that will share video newsgathering resources at general market news events.
Beginning June 15, the three said, the service will help the stations save costs through a sharing of video newsgathering resources and will allow each to increase their attention to specialized enterprise reporting.
The stations will continue to operate independently in all other aspects of their businesses, including newsgathering operations.
Independent news service management will determine the stories to be covered each day and arrange the collection and delivery of the video footage for each of the participating stations. This includes public events with widespread accessibility, such as press conferences and local stories that historically have been covered by multiple cameras and crews generating highly duplicative video.
How each station utilizes the video will be guided by their individual reporting and editing styles.
The material produced by the news pool is designed for cross-platform use. This includes over-the-air broadcasts, as well as online and mobile reporting. All employees involved in the shared operation will remain employees of their respective news organizations.
In addition to these ground sharing efforts, WTTG and WRC will continue their aerial news footage partnership.