Europe Day on Hungarian Radio with Cisco TelePresence
For the first time in the station’s 86 years history, reporters of MR1 Kossuth radio used video for creating the broadcaster’s special Europe Day program. Celebrating the day when the idea of European integration was born, the editors brought together citizens of the continent around a virtual roundtable.
Cisco, together with local partner KFKI was providing a Cisco TelePresence 1300 unit as well as connectivity with 15 cities across Europe. Reporters, who usually need to rely on voice only, enjoyed the experience of meeting their interviewees and engaging in a conversation “just across the table”.
“TelePresence opened us a whole new dimension for preparing interviews. We are proud to be the first station in Hungary to use such an innovative technology for a radio program,” – said Ferenc Markovits, editor of Hungarian Radio.
Highlights included a re-encounter of members of a Greek family that was separated during world war two, a roundtable with heads of Hungarian cultural institutions talking about events celebrated across Europe during the current Hungarian EU Presidency, and a song performed jointly by Roma singers in Paris and Budapest.
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