ABC International and Australia Network expand China media cooperation

ABC International and its Australia Network have further strengthened and expanded the long term international relationship with China’s media powerhouse, the Shanghai Media Group, with support from the media authorities of the Chinese Government in Shanghai.

On the back of the Australian Government’s Australia Week in China trade mission, ABC International and the Australia Network have struck an international multi-platform media cooperation arrangement supported by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV. The detailed agreement to formalize the arrangement is slated to be signed in Shanghai on May 4.

Through the cooperation, ABC International will establish an online portal in China through which a range of ABC and other Australian media content and services can be offered and presented to partner Chinese media organisations.

The arrangement also enables the ABC to establish a base in Shanghai with official approval to represent and sell media content across China, enter into international co-productions, and generate international sponsorship and promotional opportunities.

“This historic agreement opens up a whole new world of television and online cooperation between Australia and China,” ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said. “It provides a truly unique window for all Australian media to build a friendly and mutually cooperative relationship with China.”

“International Channel Shanghai last week broadcast a week of Australian TV programs provided by the ABC and Australia Network to coincide with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit. Q&A’s live broadcast in China was the first open interactive public comment style program broadcast live from China to Australia. The success of last week and the future under this agreement will help build understanding between China and Australia.”

Mr Sun Wei, the Executive Director of the Shanghai Media Group’s International Channel Shanghai, said: “The Shanghai Media Group is China’s second largest media organization and its recent restructure ensures we are looking to further build our international media partnerships.

“Ground breaking international broadcasts such as Q&A, which was produced as a collaboration between Australian and Chinese television crews, pave the way for bigger and better international media cooperation and cultural connections in the future.”

Lynley Marshall, the CEO of ABC International, said: “This agreement will enable us to put the full range of Australia Network programming and content from other Australian media into China and for China to connect more closely with our media”.

“Most importantly, the agreement will provide opportunities for promotion of Australian business, tourism, entertainment, culture and education”. (Source: Press release)

Channel NewsAsia wins international accolades

Channel NewsAsia programmes have been honoured with 12 awards at two prestigious international and film contests over the last fortnight. It won two gold, three silver and four bronze World Medals at the 2014 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards; and at the 2014 WorldMediaFestival in Hamburg, it took one gold and two silver Intermedia-globe Awards.

2014 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards
The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, now in its 57th year, announced its winners on 8 April at its annual gala in Las Vegas. A jury comprising members of award-winning industry experts gave the top honours to 9 of Channel NewsAsia’s programmes, amidst competition from 35 countries.

Channel Newsasia’s wins are as follows:

• Gold World Medal -Silent Screams
(Best Investigative Report)
• Gold World Medal -Living In The Shadows
(Human Interest)
• Silver World Medal -China Close-Up -Free Lunch
(Best Direction)
• Silver World Medal -China Close-Up -Fat Camp
(Best Editing)
• Silver World Medal -China Close-Up
(Social Issues)
• Bronze World Medal -Factory Towns
(Community Portraits)
• Bronze World Medal -Silent Screams
(Current Affairs)
• Bronze World Medal -Silent Screams
(Human Concerns)
• Bronze World Medal -Boomtown Asia – Japan
(Science & Technology)

Six of the channel’s programmes are also awarded finalist status:
• IT Figures: Preoccupation With Population – for Best Editing
• IT Figures: Rags to Riches – for Best Public Affairs Program
• Crossroads: Dutiful Donkeys – for Community Portraits
• China Close-Up: Free Lunch – for Human Concerns
• Get Rea!: Point Blank – for Social Issues
• China Close-Up – Free Lunch – for Community Portraits

2014 WorldMedia Festival
In addition to the accolades at the New York Festivals, Channel NewsAsia also took home awards from the 2014 WorldMedia Festival. A total of nearly 700 entries were submitted from 35 nations for this competition which honours and celebrates excellent solutions in corporate film, television, web, web TV and print productions. The awards will be presented in Hamburg on 14 May.

Channel NewsAsia’s wins are:
• Intermedia-globe GOLD – TILT’s Channel NewsAsia’s Channel Branding Promo – Clarity (Haze) (Station Image Promotion)
• Intermedia-globe SILVER – Surviving Haiyan
(Global Issues)
• Intermedia-globe SILVER – Insight Special – The Plight of Indian Farmers
(Society & Social Issues)

Ms Debra Soon, Managing Director, Channel NewsAsia says: “It is an incredible honour to be recognized by our peers and industry experts internationally, and we are proud to work with the best media professionals in Asia, to tell the stories of Asia. These programmes have helped us highlight the uncomfortable truth of society in investigative programmes, such as Living in the Shadows and Silent Screams, but we’ve also told stories about progress and success, such as IT Figures, China Close-Up and Boomtown and highlighted Asia’s challenges along the way in a nuanced and insightful manner. We truly believe in helping the world to Understand Asia, and our partnerships in industry, here in Singapore and the region, have helped us produce quality content for the world. As the channel celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, with a refreshed programming grid and on-air look, we will continue to raise the quality of our productions to tell the story of Asia to the world. ”

Channel NewsAsia has also been awarded other industry accolades over the last 6 months, by PromaxBDA Asia, Asiavision, The Association for International Broadcasting, and the Securities Investors Association of Singapore.
(Source: Press release)

Globecast goes multiscreen with Anevia

Anevia, a leader in video streaming and infrastructure solutions for OTT, live TV and Video on Demand (VoD), today announced that global content management company Globecast has chosen Anevia’s ViaMotion solutions suite – Packager, Origin and Edge – to support its new Over-The-Top (OTT) modular solutions. The new platform pairs high-performance with massive scalability, enabling Globecast customers to accelerate the delivery of live, VoD and live-to-VoD TV services to audiences worldwide.

Given the large number of transcoders shaping its ecosystem, it was critical for Globecast to bring an agnostic platform on board; hence the decision to deploy the Viamotion Plus which interoperates with all transcoders out there. Viamotion also met two more requirements outlined by Globecast as high priority for their Live TV infrastructure: massive scalability to support future service delivery and the support of new format like MPEG Dash.

Viamotion Plus was also deployed to enable non-linear service delivery through the new multiscreen platform. Globecast can now provide full content management services to broadcasters and pay-TV operators willing to push new VoD features such as start-over, catch-up or nPVR to their audiences. The fact that Viamotion’s flexible APIs also enabled a smooth integration with Kaltura workflow solutions proved an added benefit to this project.

“Anevia precisely understood our OTT vision and it provided a comprehensive suite of solutions required to make it come true,” says Sonia Missul, OTT product manager at Globecast. “With ViaMotion on board, we are now well positioned to deliver innovation to broadcasters and pay-TV operators for years to come without being hindered by performance limitations.”

“Globecast is a great example of a visionary media management company enabling its customers to monetise video delivery now and in the long run,” explains Anevia co-founder and executive vice president Damien Lucas explains. “We are extremely proud to be the innovation fuel behind such a strategic move.” (Source: press release)

Global BBC.COM figures and Twitter shares hit record high

The BBC today announced that bbc.com reached a record 96 million unique users and generated an all-time high of 1.3 billion page views in March 2014. BBC World News welcomed its five millionth Facebook fan and new figures also reveal that the BBC is by far the most-shared news brand on Twitter (source: Newswhip), with its stories shared a record 2.71 million times across the month – almost 50% more than any other publisher.  The driving factors were its coverage of major global news stories including the crisis in Ukraine and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the increased popularity of bbc.com’s feature sections including BBC Future, BBC Travel and BBC Culture.
The site, which offers up-to-the minute international and local  news and in-depth analysis, saw unique user figures up 26% on the monthly average of 76 million, whilst page views rocketed by 35%.  Over 34 million video views were seen during the month, with a record-breaking 11 million viewed via the bbc.com apps.
James Montgomery, Director of Digital and Technology for bbc.com, said, “As the leader in global breaking news, our users rely on the BBC to provide impartial and accurate news on developing stories and significant global events, whatever their nature or location. We are incredibly proud that so many people chose us as their trusted source for news on the major stories that captivated the world last month.”
March also marked a record month for traffic across the five feature sections of bbc.com – BBC Travel, BBC Future, BBC Autos, BBC Capital and BBC Culture which together attracted 7 million visitors and 63 million page views; resulting in a month-on-month increase of 42% and year-on-year growth of 106%.  Popular articles included: BBC Future’s  ‘The Future of Safe Sex’ which received over 269,000 page views, BBC Culture’s ‘Beyond Jodorowsky’s Dune: 10 Greatest Movies Never Made’ attracted  almost 3.2 million views across the month and BBC Travel’s game ‘Geoguesser’ ‘How Well Do You Know The World’ drew an impressive 270,000 unique users.
 
Jonathan Fildes, Managing Editor, Features, BBC.com added,  “The feature sections offer users of the site an alternative and in-depth take on a variety of current and unusual topics complementing bbc.com’s news output.  We are delighted that these sections are growing in popularity and drawing record figures from fans of bbc.com.”
Bbc.com has seen a rise in mobile usage of 88% year on year to 24 million browsers per month, whilst figures for desktop have remained stable at 56 million. (Source: Press release)