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Cox Media Group's WFTV Deploys Panasonic P2 Cast System to Support Safe, Fast Newsgathering during Hurricane Irma

Florida-based broadcasters faced a multitude of challenges during Category 4 Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, from transmitting the news in volatile weather to keeping viewers without power abreast of crucial information via social media.

ABC affiliate WFTV-TV, the Cox Media Group (CMG) station serving the Orlando, FL market, relied on Panasonic’s P2 Cast cloud-based news production system throughout the super-charged storm to get news to air/on-line quickly and to keep its reporters safe. And the station’s storm coverage continues, showing Floridians grappling with power outages, residual flooding and clean-up, and preparing for more storms during an active hurricane season.

CMG’s Director of News Technology Dave Sirak, described ENG operations during the storm, “Our crews were scattered in safe locations around central Florida, assigned 12 hours on – 12 hours off shifts and staying at their location to avoid travel on roadways. Conditions varied from full exposure to rain and wind to internal locations inside emergency operations centers. We sent our crews with food and first aid kits, and we delivered fuel and other supplies in a roving fuel truck before and after the storm.”

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