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Radio Automation NewsRoom

Radio Automation NewsRoom

Information plays a major role in our society. Whether it is political, social, economic, cultural or sports-related, it is now delivered continuously on multiple media.

It has therefore become essential for a broadcaster to be able to easily interface with the systems deployed by the main press agencies. The NETIA solution offers a certain number of tools dedicated to the acquisition and processing of press agency news feeds.

The acquisition of wires from several sources is based on protocols defined by the various suppliers. Script Office is compatible with the standard market protocols such as those of AFP (Agence France Presse), Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, IRN, etc. These agency wires can be received simultaneously in Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Latin.

In order to integrate with existing clients, NETIA has developed Newslink.

Based on the MOS protocol (Media Object Server), Media Assist is compatible with several processing and delivery systems such as iNews, ENPS, etc.

From a single interface, the features of each system are available, for flexibility of use.

Using the back office Newslink module (NETIA MOS gateway), rundowns can automatically be created and Synchronized “Live” in the NETIA system.

For instance, when stories (including text and audio) are placed and ordered into the Air queues in the NRCS, the MOS gateway and Newslink applications work together to create a synchronized sequence of audio in NETIA. Then in the studio, the playlists are broadcast with the control of the newsreader as he reads through the bulletin.

Media Assist’s Script News wire processing module let journalists view news as soon as they arrive, edit them and link sound recordings to them.
All features are combined to produce news with a firm grip on reality.

  • With Media Assist: it is possible to search and edit one or several audio items.
  • With NRCS: journalists create scripts and insert them into playlists.


Thanks to integration, users can access certain specific features of Media Assist (NETIA Browser, NETIA Player and NETIA Snippet) directly in the NRCS interface.

It is therefore possible to preview sounds and edit them, then very quickly insert them into scripts.

Through the MOS protocol, the NRCS client (NewsRoom Computer System) and the MOS compatible applications can exchange items and playlists, with the following possible actions:

  • ADD
  • UPDATE
  • DELETE.


When rundowns are updated in NRCS, the update is taken into account in the Media Assist playlists, and this takes place in both directions. All items from NRCS "rundowns" can be synchronised and read in Air-DDO (NETIA broadcasting tool).

On the NRCS user interface, the user can:

  • Synchronise a "Run Down" with the Media Assist playlist.
  • Display the "NETIA Browser" ActiveX. In this way it is possible to search audio items to insert them in the NRCS scripts.
  • Open the "NETIA Snippet" mono-track/multi-track editing tool in ActiveX form (according to configuration).
  • Playback audio items via "NETIA Player" ActiveX.

NETIA has ported several of its plugins to the MOS OCX format such as the Radio-Assist browser, Snippet, Snippet+, and a simple player application.

This allows users to record, edit from their NRCS client, and most importantly create comprehensive news packages by directly linking audio elements from the Media Assist database into the story that has to be illustrated by the given piece(s) of audio.

One of the advantage of this technique is that audio items are always attached to the story and vice and versa, making the editorial validation process easier and drastically reducing the problems of finding/playing wrong piece of audio to air.

  • All iNews features are available
  • Option to access the Media Assist database
  • Editing audio items using a plugin
  • Texts and sounds may be added to stories.
  • Journalists retain their usual work environment
  • Search and playback of audio items needed for news from the Media Assist database
  • Editing audio items using a plugin
  • Texts and sounds may be added to stories or title blocks
  • Management of database change.