ARD relies on CGI’s dira!, OpenMedia and Viura solutions for newsroom workflows

The newsroom and radio system provider CGI has recently announced an agreement with Germany’s public service broadcaster group, ARD. The objective of the contract is to deploy media management and planning systems throughout the ARD’s nine regional broadcasters. The framework covers deployments of dira!, OpenMedia, and Viura.

The agreement was signed at the end of 2021 between Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARD’s lead buyers for the dira! and OpenMedia products, and CGI Deutschland, and covers key legal, procedural and economic data for the long-term deployment, operation, and expansion of CGI software solutions.

The dira! product family covers workflows required for media management in radio journalism –from the production of broadcasts and the exchange of materials and programs, to broadcast planning and actual broadcasting, to post production and archiving.

The newsroom system OpenMedia is a tool that helps researching, planning and producing newscasts, magazines and sports formats.

Viura is a software solution for intelligent camera control in the broadcast studio.  The tool can be integrated into different playout and newsroom environments, regardless of manufacturer, and is based on the selected video hardware and our control software.

“We are delighted to have signed this extensive framework agreement with the ARD, which confirms our strong partnership and provides the basis for long-term planning security on both sides, ” commented Thomas Roth, Senior Vice President & BU Leader at CGI. “As well as providing the ARD with increased efficiencies in the buying process, it provides the basis for increased standardisation efforts in the ARD community and will potentially enable its members to gain further powerful workflow benefits via the common use of system resources.

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