The Tampa Fox, Scripps and Gannett stations launched a local news service today to pool their video newsgathering for multiplatform use. On June 15, KTTV, KNBC and KTLA in Los Angeles will do the same.
Fox’s WTVT, Scripps’ WFTS (ABC) and Gannett’s WTSP (CBS) announced today that the Tampa (DMA 13) stations have created a local news service that will share video newsgathering resources at general market news events.
Next up after that will be a similar arrangement in Los Angeles (DMA 2) among Fox’s KTTV, NBC’s KNBC and Tribune’s KTLA (CW).
The Tampa station said that effective today, “the service will help the stations reduce costs through a pooling of video newsgathering resources and will allow each to strengthen their focus on specialized enterprise reporting.”
The stations will continue to operate independently in all other aspects of their businesses, including newsgathering operations.
An independent managing editor will determine the stories to be covered each day by the news service 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, as well as local stories that are typically covered by multiple cameras and crews.
Each station’s unique editing and reporting style will determine how they utilize the video provided by the service.
Designed for use on multiple platforms, the material produced by the news service will be used for 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.