AP Launches Florida Capital Video Service

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(AP) The Associated Press will add state capital video to its Florida state news services with the launch of APTN Florida Dec. 1.

The service, operating from AP’s Tallahassee bureau, will field two crews and will provide Florida stations state government material for their newscasts.

“State news is at the core of what AP does for its member stations, and our television members want video to go with our stories from the state capital,” said James R. Williams III, AP vice president and director of broadcast services.

In addition to general news stories from the state, APTN Florida will provide post-game interviews from home games at Florida State University and the University of Florida.

APTN Florida also plans to have the technical infrastructure to allow stations to do live standups from the state capitol, state Supreme Court, and the AP bureau.

“AP brings an unmatched editorial depth to video coverage in the state capital,” said Kevin Walsh, AP’s bureau chief in Miami. “We have 40 newspeople in eight bureaus in Florida — we know what stories to chase and what Tallahassee video our stations will need for their newscasts.”

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