HRH the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg paid a special visit to ENEX Headquarters Wednesday 14 March. Luxembourg is the only ‘Grand Duchy’ in the world and Grand Duke Henri has ruled since 2000. The Grand Duchess, Maria Teresa is originally from Cuba and married into the Luxembourgish Royal Family in 1981. The delegation also included RTL ‘royalty’ as Liz Mohn and Brigitte Mohn accompanied the royals. The Mohn family are the owners of Bertlesmann media – one of the world’s largest media companies and ultimate owner of RTL. Read more
‘ENEX keeps on growing’ was the key message to a record number (75) of journalists and coordinators from ENEX’s partners when they met in Bergen, Norway, February 22nd and 23rd. The event was hosted by TV2 Norway which has just moved into a new media centre. The building hosts TV2 and many other media and technology companies. It is a small city but Bergen has a big profile in media, being the venue for the Nordic Media Festival (May 2nd -4th) and the home of many innovative broadcast technology companies like Vizrt, Wolftech and Vimond.
Recently ENEX has secured a new partner in Panama and hopes to welcome back an Icelandic partner in the near future. A trial cooperation has also started with the Shanghai Media Group as ENEX’s growth strategy moves towards Asia. ENEX’s Head of News, Mark Evans, told the audience that items named ‘Donald Trump’ topped the category list of most broadcast content. Other traditional ENEX favourites included weather stories, elections, attacks and shootings, protests and referendums. Read more
The ENEX partnership is growing again, this time with a new member joining from Panama. ECO TV is a 24-hour news channel offering opinion, analysis, interviews and is an exclusive channel of the main cable company in Panama, Cable Onda. ECO’s news journalists and presenters are highly experienced and its schedule includes many innovative formats. The channel is ENEX’s 14th partner from Latin America. Of course, famous for the canal, Panama is also a centre for trade, agriculture and tourism.
Soraya Castellano, ECO Senior Manager, said, “The incorporation of ECO to the ENEX gives us exclusive and differentiated content in an increasingly globalised and competitive world. Through this alliance, we now possess news content from Europe, Asia, and North America, which allows us to offer our audience relevant and immediate information.”
Adrian Wells, ENEX Managing Director, said, “ENEX is now very strong in Latin America. ECO is a great addition for us alongside other progress we are making in the Middle East and Asia.”
For those of you who missed it, or those who want to be reminded, this is a summary (helped by some pictures and links) of our very successful annual General Assembly in Dubai.
Content from CCTV, China is now available through ENEX. CCTV’s agency ‘CCTV+’ produces about 80 news items per day from China and from its extensive network of bureaux around the world. ENEX will select the most relevant videos every day, according to the news agenda. Many ENEX partners already have a simple signed agreement with CCTV to facilitate use of the material. Read more
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you already know about the new connection between ENEX and the European Commission in Brussels, making it possible for the partners to book the Commission’s facilities and connect to the ENEX satellite space.
But now we’ve gone one step further by making a deal with the European institutions to switch the signal between the European Commission and the European Parliament MCRs, giving us a new option for all kind of transmissions between both locations and our MCR, where the signal can then be turned around onto our sat space or other connectivity solutions.
European Commission studios and stand-up facilities are now connected to ENEX under a new deal struck between the Commission and a consortium including ENEX. The other parties include Luxembourg’s Telecom operator POST and RTL’s Broadcast Center Europe (BCE). Under the deal two HD lines will run to and from ENEX’s new headquarters at RTL City Luxembourg and the Berlaymont building in Brussels.
ENEX partners will now be able to book the free audiovisual services of the Commission and connect to our satellite space or other connectivity solutions. Read more
More than 60 delegates from the ENEX partner base gathered for the annual Coordinators Meeting in Brussels at the end of February.
They were granted a glimpse into the future as partners and invited speakers took part in sessions that examined how journalism, new technology and government intervention might shape how we all work in the coming months and years.
Mobile journalism came under the spotlight as colleagues from BFM talked about how their new Paris-based news channel uses only iPhones for all their picture gathering and reporter lives and an app demonstration looked at how those pictures can be edited on the move. Read more
ENEX has moved offices to a new building. The move has been triggered by the decision of RTL Group Luxembourg to build a new media complex called ‘RTL City’ adjacent to the previous offices. The move started on Tuesday 12th December and continued for three days. ENEX has been fully operational for the first time at the new premises on the morning of Thursday 15th December. Read more