NewsTicker Closings

The fastest way to get an organization from the point of closure to your air

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School closings are very competitive since they are an extension of your station's weather brand that commands a large audience during the critical early morning news time. There is a drive to be first and most complete.

Even in a world of social media, industry research continues to show that people prefer to get their school closing notifications from watching television.

Any system can take in automated information and display it in a loop. You see that on every station in a market. But, you can't claim to be the fastest if your system doesn't get it on air first.

NewsTicker Closings is the fastest way to get an organization from the point of closure to your air, potentially within seconds. Win viewers with our innovative market-proven display solutions that our competitors are sure to copy.

Scaled for large databases

Take advantage of one of the only truly enterprise-grade closing systems available in America. It is built on Linux and optimized for more than 10,000 organizations, activating themselves automatically online and on the phone.

Easy to use

Speed-up training, preparation, and day-of operations using NewsTicker's intuitive and responsive web-based interface. There are no complicated "right-clicks" or hidden fields requiring extensive training ... just a clean user experience.

Deliver fast to air, web and mobile

The instant an organization activates, it is ready for air. You don't have to restart the display or wait for a batch process to transfer it to your server. And, exporting to your website and mobile provider is automatic, fast and tailored to your look.

Top  Features

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First to Air: Just In/Always On

Declare viewers will see their school first on your air with Just In, a dynamic pop-up box that appears from behind the regular listings, and Always On, a dedicated display of the largest organizations.

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Complete Design Flexibility

Newsroom's FreedomHD lets you implement your Closings design with no compromise, including dynamic updates of a school's status within a running crawl or reveal, and full control over multiple on-screen layers.

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Enterprise Grade Architecture

NewsTicker is built on enterprise Linux using one of the fastest SQL databases available. The underlying code is optimized for large, multi-user environments, with the accompanying hardware scalable for demanding use.

Reputation of Reliability

NewsTicker Closings is in use in all market sizes in America, from newsrooms large and small. It has been used to manage more than 8,500 organizations at a time with a long history of reliability. It's the product that has gained an industry reputation for working under the most demanding conditions.

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Infinite Playlist Choices

Different designs can be established for in-news versus regular progamming, letting you choose the right look based on the conditions at hand. And, the speed of the reveals can change based on the number of closings.

Intuitive Expiration Controls

Per-status expiration options let you automatically and intelligently decide when organizations will expire from the database, removing time-intensive management of active closings.

Integrate With All of NewsTicker

Closings is fully integrated with all other NewsTicker modules for continuous on-air displaying without stopping and starting multiple applications.

Powerful Automation Options

Robust centralized web-proxy service provides real-time web closures in the most secure environment available on the market, recorded withour delay into your database. Combined with NewsTicker's support for more than 100 simultaneous phone calls, NewsTicker boasts the industry's strongest automation options.

Customizable Exports

Your closings should be about building brand for your station, not your closings vendor. HTML can be exported in your own style, across single or multiple files, to match your brand. XML, push, tab-delimited, and other exports are available for delivery to mobile providers.

Selected FreedomHD Video Examples

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WHDH, Boston (Sunbeam)

Boston's NBC affiliate shows a full listing of closings as a two-line reveal. As soon as a school activates their status, a Just In line appears above the main display, shows the latest closings, then disappears.

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WLEX, Lexington, KY

The FreedomHD is powering all non-insert graphics. The top line shows the major schools, which is then covered by Just In when a school activates. The bottom two lines are all active organizations.

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WUSA, Washington, DC (Gannett)

Showing the power of integration, WUSA uses the FreedomHD's built-in DVE to squeeze their newscast and include four lines of closings, organized by state, to speed the flow of information.

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WJLA, Washington, DC (Sinclair)

To avoid a DVE, WJLA uses both the top and bottom of the screen for closings. The top is their sponsored A-Z list. The bottom is their list of major schools, overtaken by Just In organizations, when present.

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WTOL, Toledo (Raycom)

In a show of force, WTOL crawls all of their active closings below their time/temp bug. At the bottom, they show an Always On display of major schools. Just In appears above the display.

More Information

To learn more about Closings, including a product demonstration and proposal, contact Newsroom Solutions sales:
+1  (704) 665-5300 x1

Client Support

NewsTicker Closings is backed by our U.S.-based Client Support Center. Whether you need assistance with your displays, additional training, or have a day-of issue, the Center is here to solve your problems quickly.
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Selected Clients

NewsTicker Closings is the most widely used school and business closing system in America. Clients include stations from three of the four major network O&Os, Cox, Gannett, Gray, Journal, Media General, Meredith, Nexstar, Quincy, Raycom, Scripps, Sinclair, Tribune, and more.

NewsTicker is installed in 74 of the 75 largest television markets and can be seen daily in more than 90-million homes.