Asian News International (ANI) has signed a deal with ITN Source, which will allow the video content archive to license ANI’s footage globally.
ANI’s collection of video from South Asia includes the Asian films library, which dates back to the 1930s. The footage includes news, business, science, sport and lifestyle content.
ANI will become part of ITN Source’s collection, which contains more than one million hours of footage.
ITN Source has digitised 5,000 of the clips, which are available for customers to download from www.itnsource.com.
“We’ve been looking to build up our Asian content for some time and ANI is the perfect mix of news, bollywood and unusual videos. ANI expands the global content base we represent and will deliver to our customers’ content needs,” Ashi Oberoi, content director, ITN Source, said in a press release.
Global News Enterprises has expanded its editorial and executive teams ahead of its official launch in January 2009.
The web-based news organisation has made a host of appointments to further its aim of providing daily international news coverage from internationally-based correspondents:
Thomas Mucha has been named managing editor and will oversee Global News’ body of correspondents and its multimedia operations. He will also contribute to special features and reporting projects, and pen a weekly column on global business.
Former deputy managing editor of Politico Barbara Martinez becomes managing editor for the web.
Andrew Meldrum has been hired as senior editor and regional editor for Africa.
Amy Jeffries takes on the role of webmaster and will be responsible for technical aspects of the website and the implementation of multimedia content. Jeffries was previously a reporter and producer for WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio and a freelance reporter for Frontline World Online.
The organisation has also named James Wooster as business manager and Richard Byrne as its new director of communications and marketing, it said in a press release.