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Caribbean Broadcasters Move To ENPS And SNAPfeed

AP technology enhances regional news coverage capabilities (July 21, 2004)

Two broadcasters in the Caribbean region have begun news production using ENPS, AP's news production system.

The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, known to viewers as ZNS, is using ENPS to bridge the 100 miles between its newsrooms in Nassau and Freeport. Meanwhile, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation in Barbados is using ENPS with SNAPfeed, AP's integrated store-and-forward application that enables remote video newsgathering.

With ENPS, these two broadcasters are finding new ways to enhance coverage across geographically distant islands. Implementation marks a technological leap forward for ZNS and CBC, both of which used NewStar for many years and are now moving to a tapeless environment, connecting ENPS with other systems via the MOS Protocol. Synchronization of rundowns between ENPS and character generators, still stores and prompters is also simplified using the proven integration capabilities of ENPS.

At CBC, SNAPfeed allows journalists traveling to other cities and islands to send video to the main newsroom with a laptop, DV camera, and Internet connection. CBC is also using ENPS Fax for aggregating story information at its assignment desk and ENPS Publishing for creation of Web-ready content.

"We're happy to see more sites take advantage of integrated newsroom workflow benefits using ENPS," said Lee Perryman, Deputy Director of AP's Broadcast division and Director of Broadcast Technology. "We're looking beyond traditional limits of newsroom technology and delivering value to our customer base in ways that many never envisioned."

Now used in more than 500 newsrooms in 48 countries, ENPS has become a must-have tool for production of news and sports programming on broadcast and cable networks and local stations. Tens of thousands of reporters, writers, editors and producers use the system each day for writing scripts, reading news wires, planning news coverage, maintaining contact lists, collaborating with colleagues, researching archives, and controlling on-air rundowns. Designed by and for broadcasters, it works in most every language.

About AP
The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing text, audio, news photos, graphics, video and technology to more than 15,000 news outlets worldwide. More than 3,300 television stations, radio stations and networks in more than 50 countries use its broadcast news software and systems, including ENPS, AP NewsCenter and AP NewsDesk. AP's broadcast division is based in Washington, D.C.

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