Chicago TV outlets to share raw news video

Well, I suppose its a sign of the times…

Chicago’s news outlets announced they will pool their raw video in order to keep expenses down.

The news-sharing model was adopted by NBC-owned WMAQ-TV and Fox-owned WFLD-TV last fall (along with sharing a job), but now they have invited CBS-owned WBBM-TV and CW affiliate WGN-TV to join in.

This means a single crew will dispatch to a particular event, but it will be up to each station what they do with it.

ABC-owned WLS-TV was invinted to join in the co-op, but declined.