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Expressen transforms its storytelling in a pandemic

Expressen is a leading evening newspaper in Sweden, founded in Stockholm in 1944 with the goal of incisive, investigative journalism. In 2005 it expanded into television, and relaunched its video operations in 2015 with a focus on breaking news. It is now a major source of trusted news in Sweden.

Expressen transforms its storytelling in a pandemic

Expressen is a leading evening newspaper in Sweden, founded in Stockholm in 1944 with the goal of incisive, investigative journalism. In 2005 it expanded into television, and relaunched its video operations in 2015 with a focus on breaking news. It is now a major source of trusted news in Sweden.

Expressen is a leading evening newspaper in Sweden, founded in Stockholm in 1944 with the goal of incisive, investigative journalism. In 2005 it expanded into television, and relaunched its video operations in 2015 with a focus on breaking news. It is now a major source of trusted news in Sweden.

 
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nxtedition understood our requirements, gave us what we need now and in the future, and made the transition seamless, even in the middle of a pandemic. The design and structure of nxtedition makes complex and time-consuming processes and workflows much simpler and intuitive, allowing our creative teams to focus on creating the best content.
ROBIN JANSSON, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, EXPRESSEN TV
nxtedition understood our requirements, gave us what we need now and in the future, and made the transition seamless, even in the middle of a pandemic. The design and structure of nxtedition makes complex and time-consuming processes and workflows much simpler and intuitive, allowing our creative teams to focus on creating the best content.
ROBIN JANSSON, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, EXPRESSEN TV

The Expressen TV team’s experience meant they knew exactly what they needed. The priority was to be fast and first with breaking news, delivering accurate, informative and engaging stories. To do that, they needed to empower their journalists and editors with technology that was intuitive and flexible, supporting their creativity without imposing limitations.
nxtedition provided the whole solution: a single point of contact rather than a cumbersome, multi-vendor traditional hardware solution. It gave the 50-strong Expressen TV team a collaborative working environment that covered every aspect of their news gathering and four studio production and playout operation.The plan was to go on air at the beginning of June 2020.

Expressen TV and nxtedition had no intention of allowing the covid-19 pandemic to delay anything. The system is sufficiently simple that Expressen could install it themselves. The remote access built in to nxtedition allowed engineers, working from home, to configure, update and commission the system.
Because it is so intuitive, training is quick, so the whole team was brought up to speed using Google Hangouts, with the trainer logging into the Expressen system via a VPN. Journalists, editors, producers and engineers rapidly became familiar with operation and support, allowing a phased cutover to nxtedition, to meet the original deadline. The team now have the freedom to find creative new ways to tell the stories that matter to Sweden.

The Expressen TV team’s experience meant they knew exactly what they needed. The priority was to be fast and first with breaking news, delivering accurate, informative and engaging stories. The plan was to go on air at the beginning of June 2020. Expressen TV and nxtedition had no intention of allowing the covid-19 pandemic to delay anything. The system is sufficiently simple that Expressen could install it themselves. The remote access built in to nxtedition allowed engineers, working from home, to configure, update and commission the system.

Because it is so intuitive, training is quick, so the whole team was brought up to speed using Google Hangouts, with the trainer logging into the Expressen system via a VPN. Journalists, editors, producers and engineers rapidly became familiar with operation and support, allowing a phased cutover to nxtedition, to meet the original deadline. The team now have the freedom to find creative new ways to tell the stories that matter to Sweden.

“Expressen TV has none of the baggage of traditional broadcasters, so readily understood our future-facing technology. They have seized on its storytelling capabilities, rapidly creating engaging content across multiple platforms, free from technical limitations.”
Ola Malmgren, CEO, nxtedition

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Blick TV re-invents television for the internet

Blick TV re-invents television for the internet

Blick is an independent tabloid newspaper, located in Switzerland, with a strong reputation for breaking news stories across politics, economics and world affairs, as well as lifestyle and sports. In February 2020 it launched Blick TV, the first digital television service in Switzerland

Blick is an independent tabloid newspaper, located in Switzerland, with a strong reputation for breaking news stories across politics, economics and world affairs, as well as lifestyle and sports. In February 2020 it launched Blick TV, the first digital television service in Switzerland

Blick is an independent tabloid newspaper, located in Switzerland, with a strong reputation for breaking news stories across politics, economics and world affairs, as well as lifestyle and sports. In February 2020 it launched Blick TV, the first digital television service in Switzerland.

 
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I was very impressed with the flexibility of nxtedition – it was very easy to tailor to our specific workflows. Working with minimal technical staff, every bit of automation counts, reducing the sources of human error during fast and complex live shows. nxtedition helps us with its many clever and well-designed features.
Beat Vontobel, Head of Technology, Blick TV.
I was very impressed with the flexibility of nxtedition – it was very easy to tailor to our specific workflows. Working with minimal technical staff, every bit of automation counts, reducing the sources of human error during fast and complex live shows. nxtedition helps us with its many clever and well-designed features.”
Beat Vontobel, Head of Technology, Blick TV.

Blick TV is part of Ringier AG, an international Swiss media group. Blick TV was established in the newsroom of Ringer Pressehaus in Zurich. As a start-up, it had no legacy in traditional linear television: it launched to bring a fresh approach to news, as a live video stream and as video on demand, to the web and to an app.

As a greenfield broadcast site, Blick TV was free to create not just its output but also its technology platform. It has built a dynamic programme of up to 16 hours a day with dozens of repeating segments and continual updates, so a new story can be on air within minutes. “We are the first to be live if something happens,” according to editor-in-chief of the Blick group, Christian Dorer.

nxtedition provides Blick TV with the perfect platform for content creation and management. In a single software environment, it provides all the journalistic planning tools, story scripting, media management, rundown creation, studio automation, graphics, ingest and final channel playout.

Because it is designed for virtualisation in the cloud and access through web services, it is perfect for remote production and management. Journalists can enter, modify and complete story packages from anywhere, and editors can work remotely to ensure social distancing. Because the software is completely intuitive – journalist training is a mere two hours – users can give their total attention to the storytelling.

As a greenfield broadcast site, Blick TV was free to create not just its output but also its technology platform. It has built a dynamic programme of up to 16 hours a day with dozens of repeating segments and continual updates, so a new story can be on air within minutes. “We are the first to be live if something happens,” according to editor-in-chief of the Blick group, Christian Dorer.

nxtedition provides Blick TV with the perfect platform for content creation and management. In a single software environment, it provides all the journalistic planning tools, story scripting, media management, rundown creation, studio automation, graphics, ingest and final channel playout.

“Blick TV was in the fortunate position of being able to set up a broadcast newsroom from scratch. Their installation shows what a coherent, integrated, software-defined platform can really achieve in simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Huge improvements in productivity mean that savings in operational cost continue.””
Ola Malmgren, CEO, nxtedition

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Public broadcasting in Greenland powered by nxtedition

Public broadcasting in Greenland powered by nxtedition

Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa (KNR) is the state-owned national broadcaster in Greenland. Broadcasting largely in Kalaallisut, the Greenland native language, it has two television channels: KNR1 which broadcasts 24 hours a day, and KNR2 which is a pop-up channel for live events. KNR creates 800 hours of television and 6000 hours of radio each year.

Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa (KNR) is the state-owned national broadcaster in Greenland. Broadcasting largely in Kalaallisut, the Greenland native language, it has two television channels: KNR1 which broadcasts 24 hours a day, and KNR2 which is a pop-up channel for live events. KNR creates 800 hours of television and 6000 hours of radio each year.

Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa (KNR) is the state-owned national broadcaster in Greenland. Broadcasting largely in Kalaallisut, the Greenland native language, it has two television channels: KNR1 which broadcasts 24 hours a day, and KNR2 which is a pop-up channel for live events. KNR creates 800 hours of television and 6000 hours of radio each year.

 
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We needed to meet the changing needs of our audience. For years, KNR had been working with outdated technical equipment which held back our users. With nxtedition, we can now put more focus on the content and less effort into making the technology deliver.
Karl-Henrick Simonsen, CEO, KNR.

We needed to meet the changing needs of our audience. For years, KNR had been working with outdated technical equipment which held back our users. With nxtedition, we can now put more focus on the content and less effort into making the technology deliver.

Karl-Henrick Simonsen, CEO, KNR.

KNR also had deliver not just flow TV but content to online services and catch-up as well as engage audiences through social media. The goal was to simplify the technology platform, allowing more attention to be focused on serving the Greenland audience through excellent story-telling. By moving from a traditional, multi-vendor architecture to a unified, software-defined environment, staff would be released immediately to create content, and the future would be secure through developments in cloud and web technology.

nxtedition solved this challenge. Its ground-breaking approach brings together both television and radio pre-production, ingest, media management, script writing and editing, graphics, prompting, live studio automation and social media. All are controlled from within a single, intuitive user interface, which is designed to be completely intuitive to use. Comprehensive training for a journalist is just two hours: a super-user can learn everything about nxtedition in just 24 hours.

This innovative and disruptive approach from nxtedition draws on the latest in technologies and software development techniques to reinvent the broadcast environment. It’s also allowed KNR to gather their radio and TV journalists into a single pool, easily sharing the same raw content and material within nxtedition to publish and broadcast across radio, tv, web and social media.

 

Serving a population of little more than 56,000, KNR has to achieve a great deal with a very limited budget and staff. The pressure was on to produce more content, at higher quality, with shorter lead times. KNR also had to deliver content to online services and catch-up as well as engage audiences through social media.

The goal was to simplify the technology platform, allowing more attention to be focused on serving the Greenland audience through excellent story-telling. By moving from a traditional, multi-vendor architecture to a unified, software-defined environment, staff would be released immediately to create content, and the future would be secure through developments in cloud and web technology.

nxtedition solved this challenge. Its ground-breaking approach brings together both television and radio pre-production, ingest, media management, script writing and editing, graphics, prompting, live studio automation and social media.

All are controlled from within a single, intuitive user interface, which is designed to be completely intuitive to use. Comprehensive training for a journalist is just two hours: a super-user can learn everything about nxtedition in just 24 hours.

This innovative and disruptive approach from nxtedition draws on
the latest in technologies and software development techniques
to reinvent the broadcast environment. It’s also allowed KNR to
gather their radio and TV journalists into a single pool, easily sharing the same raw content and material within nxtedition to publish and broadcast across radio, tv, web and social media.

By establishing story-telling as the principle aim of the process, it establishes the user at the very centre of the story, using the toolkit that nxtedition provides for greater productivity and creativity.

"When we founded nxtedition, we brought together very experienced broadcasters with advanced thinkers in software and IT. Our goal was to create a solution which was smart, innovative, productive and future resistant; one which would become transparent to the story-tellers, wherever they are working. Our installation at KNR demonstrates clearly how we can transform a broadcaster, making it more creative and also more efficient.”
Ola Malmgren, CEO, nxtedition

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Broadcast production values with a crew of three

Broadcast production values with a crew of three

Charlie Talbot of Talbot Productions is both a producer of live events and a board member of AFC Wimbledon. He worked with Malcolm Robinson of systems integrator Broadcast Solutions, to create a live production running for an hour and 45 minutes, up to the kick-off of the first game at Plough Lane.

Systems integrator Broadcast Solutions planned and executed almost two hours of pre-match excitement for AFC Wimbledon – with a crew of just three people. The occasion was the opening match at the football club’s new home, just metres away from its original stadium in Plough Lane.
This first game marked the climax of almost two decades of fund-raising for the club which rose like a phoenix from the old Wimbledon, making its way through the tiers of English football to now play in League One. For the loyal fans, of course, Covid-19 regulations meant that no one could see their triumphant return to Plough Lane.

Charlie Talbot of Talbot Productions is both a producer of live events and a board member of AFC Wimbledon. He worked with Malcolm Robinson of systems integrator Broadcast Solutions, to create a live production running for an hour and 45 minutes, up to the kick-off of the first game at Plough Lane.

 
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We needed to meet the changing needs of our audience. For years, KNR had been working with outdated technical equipment which held back our users. With nxtedition, we can now put more focus on the content and less effort into making the technology deliver.
Karl-Henrick Simonsen, CEO, KNR.

“We crowdsourced content without losing any professional quality, and we got instantaneous reaction from the fans. With this technology we could easily fold in more content, more ways of making the fans feel a part of the club. And we did all that with a crew of three people. My mind is already racing on the possibilities of what we can do in the future.”

Charlie Talbot, Talbot Productions
Wimbledon director and events producer Charlie Talbot of Talbot Productions pulled together contributions from fans, former managers and ex-players. On the night, the team added live interviews and behind the scenes looks, while fans continued to contribute video comments via social media.
With Robinson and Talbot on site, the third member of the team, Adam Leah, creative director of live production technology specialists nxtedition, was 1000km away in Sweden. The Barracuda decoder and internet feeds from fans and the Mobile Viewpoint link also fed into the nxtedition cloud. Leah directed a
seamless 105-minute show, cutting live multi-camera video with pre-packaged items and new content from social media.
 
“The technology worked perfectly,” Robinson said. “SRT allowed us to maintain really great quality on the live video which sat well alongside the crowdsourced content. We were also able to get reverse feeds over the internet, including a multiviewer as well as the rundown, so Charlie as producer had a complete overview and control. From end-to-end it was a very professional production.”
As in any broadcast operation, comms was absolutely vital to a seamless production. The Trilogy communications platform allowed the team to put virtual panels wherever they were needed, as well as earpieces for presenters. There was no latency in comms, allowing slick live links. Programme sound used

Sennheiser wireless microphones.

“We set out to make a night to remember for the fans of AFC Wimbledon, but we achieved much more,” Robinson concluded. “This is the groundwork for a whole new approach to remote production. I was blown away by this as a demonstration of what can be achieved in live, remote, collaborative production.
“This can be scaled, and will transform the way we cover sport and events.” The Plough Lane opening night was on 3 November 2020 and the initial live- stream clocked up almost 20,000 views.

 

The two were on site, operating cameras including Mobile Viewpoint links over cellular. The new stadium is part of a mixed-use development, and there was very little other infrastructure available.

All the audio and video signals were packaged using Dream Clip Barracuda encoders into an SRT stream, which also carried production communications using Trilogy systems over the public internet to nxtedition’s private cloud in Malmö. The stream also carried production communications using Trilogy systems.

The third member of the team was Adam Leah of nxtedition, working in his office in Marieholm in Sweden. Leah switched the programme live, including pre-recorded packages and late additions of fan messages and memories on social media.

The programme was built on a playlist created by Talbot, who had only seen the software for the first time just days earlier. The intuitive layout of the system allowed him to become a sophisticated user, creating the detailed structure for the extended live programme, without any training at all.

"I was in awe of the seamlessness of nxteditions frame accurate playout. We added the fan videos from twitter to the rundown and nxtedition simply auto stepped down the playlist, jumping from one video to the next. It looked like a well assembled edit, but in reality it was simply just realtime A/B playout. The speed from social to on-air was exceptional”
Adam Leah, nxtedition.

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Nordisk Film TV speeds production of daily magazine television

Charlie Talbot of Talbot Productions is both a producer of live events and a board member of AFC Wimbledon. He worked with Malcolm Robinson of systems integrator Broadcast Solutions, to create a live production running for an hour and 45 minutes, up to the kick-off of the first game at Plough Lane.

A single production unit at Nordisk Film TV has the responsibility to produce two live programmes each day for TV2. Go’ Morgen Denmark is a rolling news and entertainment show which runs from 06.00 to 12.00. The second edition, Go’ Aften Live runs from 17.30 to 19.00. Originally Nordisk built a traditional broadcasting set-up with hardware devices from different vendors. The integration was inflexible, and the multiple user interfaces made production cumbersome. With so much content to produce, the 40-strong production team needed to concentrate on creativity not on making the technology work..

Charlie Talbot of Talbot Productions is both a producer of live events and a board member of AFC Wimbledon. He worked with Malcolm Robinson of systems integrator Broadcast Solutions, to create a live production running for an hour and 45 minutes, up to the kick-off of the first game at Plough Lane.

 
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We needed to meet the changing needs of our audience. For years, KNR had been working with outdated technical equipment which held back our users. With nxtedition, we can now put more focus on the content and less effort into making the technology deliver.
Karl-Henrick Simonsen, CEO, KNR.

“Since moving to nxtedition, the jump in productivity and creativity is clear for all to see. But that does not mean complexity: we encourage team members to move between roles, and as new staff join us, they can pick up all the operational skills in just an hour or two. This is definitely the future for live production.”

Lea Weck, Head of Production, Nordisk Film TV

In 2020, Nordisk looked for a reliable and modern production environment
which was built on the core principle of storytelling. They wanted the team to concentrate on delivering interesting content for the audience. From an editorial point of view, a six hour live show each morning also means that the rundown has to be extremely flexible reflecting the changing agenda of the day, with updated versions of stories dropped in as the programme proceeds.

Nordisk turned to nxtedition for a complete production platform. Within a single user interface, staff can address planning, scripting, ingest and media management and rundowns, studio automation and final playout. As well as being dropped into the playlist, packages can also be repurposed for social media and online publishing. Thanks to the intuitive user interface, staff are very quickly up to speed in operation – journalist training is just two hours – and can move between functions to maximise productivity.

A single production unit at Nordisk Film TV has the responsibility to produce two live programmes each day for TV2. Go’ Morgen Denmark is a rolling news and entertainment show which runs from 06.00 to 12.00. The second edition, Go’ Aften Live runs from 17.30 to 19.00.
Originally Nordisk built a traditional broadcasting set-up with hardware devices from different vendors. The integration was inflexible, and the multiple user interfaces made production cumbersome. With so much content to produce, the 40-strong production team needed to concentrate on creativity not on making the technology work.

“Between Go’ Morgen and Go’ Aften they output seven and a half hours of television each day. This is a really excellent demonstration of the power of our simple, secure, stable production platform.”
Ola Malmgren, CEO, nxtedition

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