The Czech News Agency (ČTK) has joined the European Commission’s video news sharing project and will start sharing part of its video news coverage with four other European news agencies. Its partners will be Germany’s dpa, Belgium’s Belga, Italy’s Adnkronos and Spain’s Europa Press, said Jaroslav Kábele, ČTK director for strategy and development. The project will start in July and last for a year.
“Last autumn, the ČTK was asked by dpa to join a consortium of agencies intending to exchange parts of their video news coverage. The ČTK has been producing and providing its own video news to clients as a standard service since the beginning of the century and considers cooperation with European agencies in particular useful and important,” Kábele said. The consortium has received a grant for sharing video news coverage from the European Commission.
The project consists in sharing news videos. “Each agency will upload two to three video news stories with English subtitles to the sharing platform every week. All partner agencies are free to include the shared videos in their services. They can translate them and thus enrich their services,” Kábele added.
The ČTK has been providing its clients with professional video news and attractive footage of important events from Prague and regions for more than 15 years. The agency publishes about a hundred videos a month.