New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD TV), a 24/7 Chinese language news broadcaster based in New York City known for its focus on uncensored China news, has chosen the OCTOPUS Newsroom system for its television and online teams.
The project includes a large number of OCTOPUS App licenses which will enhance NTD TV journalists’ full news production facilities via mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and Androids. The OCTOPUS App gives news teams working remotely instant access to all wires, rundowns and assignments. They can create wires and reports in the field, edit stories for the rundown and preview teleprompt text. The OCTOPUS App supports the recent versions of OCTOPUS 7 as well as the new OCTOPUS 8 software which was introduced at IBC 2015.
“The OCTOPUS App will be rolled out to our correspondents around the world,” says NTD TV Chief Engineer Russ Siew. “It packs a huge amount of creative capability into a very small space and has the big advantage of being very secure to operate. We are particularly impressed by the Assignment Desk feature. This is a calendar-based tool which allows news editors to delegate tasks to colleagues working on location.
“Using the OCTOPUS App, we can send assignment notifications to specific television reporters. They in turn can use their mobile phone or tablet to capture audio and video content and then edit stories in the field. They can then submit stories for approval complete with stills, full motion video and sound.
“Although broadcast television is technically our highest profile activity, we also experience huge demand for news online. Our colleagues in those sectors will therefore be using elements of the OCTOPUS App most relevant to their workflow. These will be used primarily for task assignment, rundown access and story export”.
OCTOPUS is an end to end newsroom system. In addition to managing news generation, it incorporates an interactive social media hub which enhances the workflow between editorial and web teams by enabling posting of the completed articles to be exported to their social media channels and for this particular case it will be tightly integrated to a Joomla-based news portal.
Founded in 2001, NTD Television (www.ntdtv.com) has correspondents in over 70 cities worldwide. Its stated mission is to promote information on China, to promote traditional Chinese culture and to facilitate international understanding. Since its founding, NTD has expanded to embrace English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Russian, Persian, Hebrew and several other languages. Its content offerings include news and analysis, arts and culture, travel, entertainment news, health and lifestyle, and children’s programming. NTD began broadcasting via satellite in North America in February 2002 and expanded its audience into mainland China in April 2004. The station’s satellite coverage currently encompasses Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. NTV Television is also available on cable networks such as Charter, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as well as via IPTV.
Established in 1999, OCTOPUS Newsroom (www.octopus-news.com) is a leading producer of newsroom computer systems for the television broadcasting industry. OCTOPUS Newsroom has successfully installed newsroom systems into more than 200 channels around the world. These include networks such as Mediacorp in Singapore, Euronews in France, Bloomberg throughout South East Asia, India Today Group and Channel 5 in Thailand. Based on Unicode, OCTOPUS Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.