As plans in the UK for greater sharing of resources between ITV, the BBC and other agencies are developed, here are some pointers from across the pond on the pros and cons of sharing news video.
A benefit, suggests Deborah Potter:
- “Stations that participate in pools will have more photographers available to shoot enterprise stories that could make each station’s newscasts more distinctive.”
- “Stations using pools could decide to cut their staff rather than redeploy them to cover other stories. That could make local newscasts even more alike than they are now.”
In a time of strapped resources, will news video sharing become the norm and could it help to boost local news on TV and the web?