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The world’s major news players adopt IPTC G2 for news exchange

Media release of 13 April 2010

London (England) -- Five of the largest global news agencies have agreed to endorse and support the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) G2 family of news exchange standards. Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, dpa, the Press Association, and Thomson Reuters will support standards developed by the IPTC, that will provide news agencies, vendors, and customers around the world with a uniform method of exchanging multimedia news content.

Existing IPTC standards such as IPTC7901 and NITF have been implemented by many organizations around the world for many years. The availability of the new G2-Standards marks the first time the largest agencies have come together to publicly endorse an IPTC standard. Support from these major agencies means that the majority of the world's news content will be available to all their customers in a standard format. The extensibility and multimedia support built into the new G2-Standards will facilitate cost and speed to market advantages that were difficult to achieve previously.

"Implementation and support of IPTC-G2 standards is a straight forward solution enabling an efficient and easy access to our Rich Media contents as requested by the new media markets," said Jean-François Wets, Chief Information Officer of AFP. "Involved in the development of IPTC NewsML-G2 and EventsML-G2 since the beginning, we are happy to offer our clients and partners the benefits of technological changes transforming how news is produced and managed through its life time".

"The latest generation of news standards developed by the IPTC will make it easier and more efficient for AP members and customers to send and receive news content, and integrate with our systems," said Vince Tripodi, Vice President of Development for the AP.

"For more than 30 years news has been exchanged using the IPTC standard called 7901. Now the time has come for the new IPTC G2-Standards to meet the evolved business and technology requirements" said Helge Viehof, Chief Information Officer of dpa and Chair of the IPTC Standards Committee. "dpa's new editorial system is based on this new standard. The times for many different formats resulting in complex news exchange are over - dpa is able to speak IPTC G2!".

"Central to Press Association's digital strategy is standardisation on a single content format. IPTC's G2-Standards provide a powerful, interoperable and extensible framework ideally suited to this purpose as it encapsulates media industry business logic, and enables all assets (text, pictures, videos, results) to be treated in the same way. For this reason, Press Association's next generation news content systems are built around the IPTC G2-Standards."

"Reuters adoption of the G2-Standards has enabled us to provide an interconnected data web of content resources for both our customers and internal editorial users" said Dave Compton, Senior Media Technologist at Reuters and joint architect of the IPTC G2-Standards. "With the new Reuters Media Connect Platform, we are now in a position to offer customers all of our multimedia content in a common format, using the delivery mechanism of their choice".

"This joint endorsement is a milestone for the G2-Standards which were developed to make multimedia news exchange and event driven news management more cost efficient and easier to use," said Stéphane Guérillot, Chairman of the IPTC, "that is a strong signal to the market and to the system vendors to implement the G2-Standards and the IPTC will support this effort. The IPTC G2-Standards have been developed by large and small member news agencies to meet a broad range of business requirements; they are already supported by additional news organisations around the world."


About Agence France-Presse
AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,900 journalists spread across almost every country, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages. AFP delivers the news in video, text, photos, multimedia and graphics to a wide range of customers including newspapers and magazines, radio and TV channels, web sites and portals, mobile carriers, corporate clients as well as public institutions. Founded in 1835 under the name of Havas, AFP is the oldest press agency in the world.
www.afp.com

About The AP
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
www.ap.org

About dpa
dpa is the largest independent news and information service provider in Germany.  The agency is jointly owned by the German media, and the business group employs some 1100 personnel. In addition to it's internationally published text services in German, English, Spanish and Arabic, dpa provides image, graphic and audio news services round the clock. Its portfolio extends to multimedia and mobile services, as well as editorial and technological services, amongst others.
www.dpa.de

About the PA
The Press Association is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, providing a continuous feed of text, pictures, video and data into newsrooms around the country.
At the heart of the media industry, the Press Association supplies services to every national and regional daily newspaper, broadcasters, online publishers and a wide range of commercial organisations.
Founded in 1868, the Press Association has an unrivalled reputation for providing fast, fair and accurate information.
The Press Association is part of PA Group Limited, a private company with 27 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper publishers. The biggest shareholders are Associated Newspaper Holdings Limited, News International plc, Trinity Mirror plc and United Business Media plc.
www.pressassociation.com

About Reuters
Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world's largest international multimedia news provider touching more than 1 billion people a day. Reuters provides unbiased business, financial, national and international news to professionals via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world's media organizations, as well as directly to affluent business professionals through Reuters.com and other digital platforms.

About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TRI).
www.thomsonreuters.com

About IPTC
The IPTC, based in London, UK, is a consortium of the world's major news agencies, news publishers and news industry vendors. It develops and maintains technical standards for improved news exchange that are used by virtually every major news organisation in the world.
Information on all IPTC standards such as the family of G2-Standards - NewsML-G2, EventsML-G2 and SportsML-G2 -, the Photo Metadata standards, NewsML 1, NITF, IIM and the NewsCodes together with a list of existing members and information on how to join is available at www.iptc.org 

Media contacts:
AFP - Pierre Fernandez, pierre.fernandez@afp.com, +33-1-4041-4923
AP - Jack Stokes, jstokes@ap.org +1-212-621-1720
dpa - Helge Viehof  Viehof.Helge@dpa.com, +49-40-4113-32400
Press Association - Anne Scott , anne.scott@pressassociation.com, +44-207-963 -7555
Thomson Reuters - Erin Kurtz, erin.kurtz@thomsonreuters.com, +1-646-223-8149
Thomson Reuters - Alex Honeysett, alexandra.honeysett@thomsonreuters.com, +44-207-542-8509
IPTC - Michael Steidl, office@iptc.org,  +44-20-3178 4922


 
 
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