Reuters, TIMA partner for location services
February 11, 2015
By Colin Mann
Responding to the increased demand for live content in a shifting media landscape, international multimedia news agency Reuters and TIMA, a global content service provider are teaming up to offer location services including studio facilities and logistical support to broadcasters and online media outlets.
Reuters-TIMA Location Services combines Reuters global editorial content, seen by over a billion people every day, with TIMA’s technology and considerable experience of service delivery for the international media industry.
The new service will form a vast news and editorial network providing every aspect of newsgathering facilities and support services. It will combine invaluable local knowledge with strategically-placed broadcast and satellite resources in regional hubs. The service will launch at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22nd 2015, where live positions overlooking the red carpet will be provided to clients.
Reuters-TIMA Location Services will offer experienced production and editorial staff on the ground at key global events, rapid access to events of regional significance, logistical services and dedicated customer support. The service will also give clients access to high-tech live studio facilities around the world, many with stunning city backdrops.
From New York to Moscow and Rio to Singapore, plus a network of Middle Eastern offices, including TIMA’s facilities in Tehran, Reuters-TIMA Location Services has been set up to cover every major world event, from elections to summits, sports to national celebrations and breaking news such as war, natural disasters and militant attacks.
Tim Santhouse, Reuters Global Head of Video Products, said the service would support broadcasters and online publishers with editorial, technical and infrastructure support on location. “Our clients have increasingly been asking for such a service, which he said would enable them to focus on what they’re good at – telling their story to their audience – while the entire operational side, including technical and local knowledge, is taken care of. “This partnership brings together two sets of skills and experience that will create a powerful newsgathering service for the benefit of media companies,” he added.
“International news stories today have more impact beyond their borders than ever before,” noted Alla Salehian, CEO of TIMA. “Alongside this, there are an increasing number of TV channels across the world and a growing appetite for online video content. The result is a huge demand for live international video news and analysis 24-hours a day. Reuters-TIMA Location Services is uniquely equipped to support this trend in a way that is both affordable and of high quality.”