BBC replaces ENPS with Annova’s OpenMedia

BBC radio and television newsrooms will be moving away from the ENPS news-gathering software and starting to use a new system from Germany.

The Annova OpenMedia system, already used by a number of other European broadcasters, won the pitch in which ENPS was also part of the top four short-listed bidders.

The contract with Associated Press, who makes ENPS, was coming to an end having been in place since 1996. Ariel reports the move will save the BBC more than £4m a year when it is fully rolled out.

The BBC has agreed a 12 year contract and it is hoped the new software will be fully ready to use in 2017.

James Harding, director of news and current affairs told staff today: “It will boost our newsgathering by enabling us to report better from the field with improved mobile working on phones and tablets.

“Over the next 18 months we will shape OpenMedia with more help from you, thoroughly test the product with all our broadcast and other systems and then begin the process of introducing it across the BBC and phasing out ENPS.”

Michael Schüller, CEO of ANNOVA System says “This is our biggest single project so far and the course for our company set to lift ANNOVA to the next level and our international position in this To strengthen market segment. This agreement confirms more than clear that with our Product philosophy and development have taken the right path.”

ENPS, the Electronic News Production System, is used by approximately 10,000 journalists worldwide in over 120 locations.

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