Video news from PA

By Wale Azeez

The Press Association has launched a video news service for Scotland to provide news footage of diary events for UK and overseas customers.

Operating out of PA’s Glasgow bureau, a dedicated broadcasting team will take commissions to film events in Scotland from home and foreign broadcasters. It will work with the London outfit in editing and distributing the footage via satellite from the capital’s BT Tower.

The video news offering will complement PA’s Scottish wire service, covering news, sport and political events from the region.

Christine Jardine, editor of the Scottish Press Association, said the video news service would initially be staffed by two people, but journalists on the wire service would be given the opportunity to work in the broadcast side should they want to.

“We are hoping we’ll be able to provide training for another two people over the summer,” she said.

Sean Curtis-Ward, head of TV and Radio at The Press Association, said the move was an important step in the expansion of PA’s UK broadcasting services, “extending the success of our London bureau in covering events for national, regional and international broadcasters”.

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