Bitcentral’s Precis™ is the Standard for Journal Broadcast Newsrooms

Feb 09 2011

WFTX in Ft. Myers, Florida, is Next Station to Upgrade Newsroom Operations to Bitcentral’s State-of-the-Art Precis™ Digital Workflow System for Best-in-Class Speed and Flexibility

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – February 9, 2011 – Bitcentral, dedicated to open news delivery, announced today that Journal Broadcast Group has selected its Precis™ news production workflow system for the newsroom of its Fox affiliate, WFTX-TV, serving the Ft. Myers/Naples, Florida market.

Journal Broadcast Group is committed to serving their audiences with local, first-to-air content simultaneously on their news broadcasts and proprietary websites. This latest technology upgrade will complete a multi-year effort by the broadcast group to standardize with the Precis workflow in their news-producing stations. The others that have already been upgraded are: KTNV-TV in Las Vegas; WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee; KMTV in Omaha, Neb.; KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho; KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, Calif.; and KGUN-TV in Tucson, Ariz.

At WFTX, the Precis workflow is now paired with Oasis™, Bitcentral’s content management and archiving solution. Together, Precis and Oasis create a No Barriers™ newsroom workflow, with unparalleled, browser-based access to both raw and archival footage for building more compelling story packages.

“To keep up with our viewers’ expectations in news choices, we needed a solution with up-to-the minute tools that let us quickly create breaking news content for television and website delivery. This is a fast-evolving landscape, and it had to work with software and equipment already in use,” said Ron Adair, director of Television Engineering. “Bitcentral’s Precis has consistently outperformed our expectations, making it the ideal workflow solution for all of our newsrooms.”

“Precis was designed with flexibility in mind, from its ability to work with existing equipment to offering choice of file formats,” said Fred Fourcher, CEO of Bitcentral. “Using Precis, stations like those operated by Journal Broadcast Group can focus on their market-leading newsgathering instead of integration issues.”

Bitcentral’s Precis is the most efficient and non-proprietary news production system available. This open solution fits into existing newsroom systems to streamline production processes and provide the simplified “no barriers” workflow.

About Journal Broadcast Group Journal Broadcast Group owns and operates 33 radio stations and 13 television stations in 12 states and operates an additional television station under a local marketing agreement. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is the broadcast business of Journal Communications Inc., a diversified media company with operations in publishing, radio and television broadcasting, interactive media and printing services.