News Corp unites outlets under global newswire

08/09/2009

News Corporation is planning on launching an internal wire that will make its content instantly available to all the media giant’s outlets worldwide, according to a new report. Citing and internal briefing, The Guardian reports that the ‘NewsCore’ service will operate like a global wire service for all the company's newspapers, TV networks and websites. This would include more than 30 TV and cable networks, including Sky News and Fox News and more than 20 newspapers including the Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Australian. News Corp also runs 18 web-only properties.

The service will scan the company's electronic story queues, satellite feeds and websites and make all the content available to company newsrooms across the globe. Content will include text, video, audio and citizen journalism around the world in real time.The concept of a global newswire has been toyed with by global media groups like News Corp, Hollinger and DMGT for years, but this is the first widespread deployment outside the BBC.

The media giant will be hoping the service will grant it economies of scale while providing faster story-to-market times ad larger content volumes.

"When Sky News reports that Gordon Brown has called an election, everyone in the NWS family can run with it. When TG24 learns that Vesuvius has blown its top again, everyone in NewsCorp will have it. Immediately. And from a source we can trust – us," said the internal briefing obtained by MediaGuardian.co.uk.

NewsCore will be based in New York and is also hiring journalists in London and Asia. The UK operation will be based at BSkyB’s headquarters in Osterley. MediaGuardian said that a launch date for the project has not been set. News Corp has so far declined to comment on the Guardian report.

Source: The Guardian

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