Granite Broadcasting Streamlines News Operations with DBI’s NewsBank

System Provides Tapeless Automated Newsroom

Gainesville, FL, February 3, 2005 – Digital Broadcast, a leading producer of master control and newsroom automation products, has recently installed its tapeless NewsBank Automated Newsroom System at Granite Broadcasting Corporation’s facility in Duluth, Minnesota. Granite provides the news operations for both KBJR and KDHL in Duluth.

The Digital Broadcast system is comprised of dual multichannel NewsBank Playout Servers, a multichannel NewsBank Ingest Station and over 500 hours of RAID storage. The servers are networked to the stations’ edit bays for bi-directional transferring of stories. NewsBank interfaces seamlessly with KBJR’s and KDHL’s existing Adobe Premier Pro editing workstations.

Also networked to the NewsBank is the Bitcentral computer from which material is directly transferred for editing and/or airing.

The network as well provides access to Pathfire™’s DMG server, which provides CNN feeds, . A joint development between Digital Broadcast and Pathfire™ provides the ability to transfer Pathfire™ DMG files in their native MPEG-2 format over the network directly to Digital Broadcast’s servers without requiring any format “flipping” or conversion in the process. Once transferred to Digital Broadcast’s servers, the files may be edited in their original MPEG-2 format and sent directly to air, never suffering the degradation of converting to and from other formats. The maintenance of the MPEG-2 format throughout enables the system to provide three times the storage of DV-formatted material.

The KBJR/KDHL system interfaces to Comprompter’s NewsKing Electronic Newsroom for complete automation from rundown to playout.

By using Digital Broadcast’s NewsBank, the stations are able to maintain non-degraded MPEG-2 throughout as well as incorporate existing station editing computers. NewsBank supports a suite of popular editing workstations from which the customer can choose. The result is a dramatic reduction in the cost of converting to a digital newsroom environment.

About Digital Broadcast

DIGITAL BROADCAST offers a premier line of broadcast program and news automation control products including master control automation, newsroom automation, automated media delivery transference, on-air verification, disaster recovery, archiving, and broadcast centralization. Digital Broadcast products feature totally integrated hardware and software and interfaces to the full range of existing station equipment and services. Headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, Digital Broadcast maintains regional offices on the West Coast, Southwest, Midwest and the East Coast.