N.Y. Stations to Pool Video News Content

Four TV stations in the nation’s largest TV market announced Monday (June 8) have formed a local news service to pool video newsgathering resources, a practice that is fast becoming standard operating procedure in major markets. The local news service will launch June 22.

In New York, the four stations that agreed to form the LNS are: WNYW-TV, Fox Television’s owned-and-operated station; WNBC-TV, NBC Universal’s owned-and-operated station; WPIX-TV, Tribune’s The CW affiliate; and WCBS-TV, CBS Television’s owned-and-operated stations. While the stations may share video, each station will operate independently, putting its own spin to commonly-covered stories.

In addition to the LNS, WNYW-TV and WNBC-TV will continue to share their aerial news footage partnership.

The LNS began as an experiment in Philadelphia between the Fox and NBCU O&Os but has quickly spread to other markets and other station groups. So far, stations have launched an LNS in a number of markets such as the markets the Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Washington, D.C., Detroit and Phoenix. In Los Angeles, (Fox’s KTTV, NBC’s KNBC, and Tribune’s KTLA) are ready to join the video sharing throng on June 15.

Like the other local news services around the country, the New York LSN is run by an independent managing editor who will determine the stories to be covered each day by the news service. The video produced by the LSN will be used for all local TV video, including on air, online and mobile.