WNYW, WNBC, WPIX and WCBS to pool their video newsgathering resources in covering general market news.
Fox O&O WNYW, NBC’s WNBC, Tribune’s CW affiliate WPIX and CBS-owned WCBS today announced that the New York stations have created a local news service that will share video newsgathering resources at general market news events.
Beginning June 22, the service will comprise a pooling of video newsgathering resources for certain events, allowing each station “to increase their focus on specialized enterprise reporting,” the stations said.
The stations also said they 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 traditionally have been covered by multiple cameras and crews.
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.
In addition to these ground sharing efforts, WNYW and WNBC will continue their aerial news footage partnership.