Corus Entertainment, the biggest media-content company in Canada, is taking the next step in advancing news production by adding OpenMedia, one of the world’s leading newsgathering systems, to its award-winning Global News operations across the country. OpenMedia, the flagship software from Munich-based ANNOVA Systems with more than 50,000 users around the globe, is being added to Global newsrooms in more than 20 Canadian markets, well as in the organisation’s foreign bureaux in London and Washington, D.C. During phase one of a multi-year project that begins this autumn, OpenMedia will become the main tool for handling story pitches and assignments, helping Global News further enhance its commitment to providing Canadians with the best local, national and international news content on its television and radio platforms, as well as online through Canada’s fastest-growing news site, globalnews.ca. The leading-edge OpenMedia software will allow everyone in the news-production process, from reporters and camera operators to producers and news managers, to obtain instant insight into all stories in development, update their status and review news calendars, as well as stay on top of various news and social media feeds. Subsequent stages of the OpenMedia project will see news teams following and developing stories through all stages of production, right through to publishing or broadcast. The system integrates seamlessly into a variety of existing Global News production tools.
“This is definitely a game changer," says Mike Omelus, Vice-President for national news and newsgathering for Global News. “OpenMedia allows us to streamline workflows and avoid any overlap while deploying newsgathering resources. We’ll be able to easily share innovative ideas and content and focus on producing more of the original and enterprise reporting that news consumers are hungry for.”
OpenMedia was one of a dozen news planning and production tools considered by Corus during a worldwide search that began in 2016. “OpenMedia clearly is leading in this space and we’re delighted to be their first major North American partner,” says Gerry Belec, the Director of Operations and Technology for Global News. “We’re enjoying working with ANNOVA immensely. They’re receptive to our ideas and quick to implement them.” Linking up with Corus and its Global News division is the most logical choice as ANNOVA Systems moves into North America.
ANNOVA’s CEO Michael Schüller said: “Global News is truly an industry leader and the recent Edward R. Murrow Innovation Award for their Multi-Market Content production model demonstrates once again they’re ahead of the curve. “We love partnering with organisations like Corus and Global and the information exchange that we are enjoying will help ensure OpenMedia remains one of the very best tools for news production for many years to come.”