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CGI Showcased AI Solutions at IBC

The company also discussed the importance of "human-in-the-loop" workflows

IT and business consulting company CGI showcased new AI tools for news and radio broadcasters at IBC 2023 in Amsterdam this past weekend.

During the convention, the European newsroom and radio system provider discussed the importance of “human-in-the-loop” workflows, and “how the new generation of AI tools can be leveraged as an intelligent assistant optimizing and accelerating existing workflows, an amplifier rather than a replacement of journalistic skills and talent.”

Demonstrations at IBC included different ways to use AI with CGI’s OpenMedia tool. Available features allow users to research topics, generate story or topic suggestions with multiple angles, summarize stories, analyze text from wires and create social media posts directly from a story.

The AI tool can also translate text content into one or more languages and rephrase text to different markets’ demands and needs, according to the company.

“Generative AI is reshaping and accelerating story-centric news workflows around the world, and while the number of cautionary tales surrounding its deployment is also increasing, this trend also highlights the importance of broadcasters embracing a cautious approach,” said Michael Thielen, vice president of consulting services at CGI. “Maintaining compliance with broadcasting standards and adopting human-in-the-loop workflows is seen as the new gold standard.”

Radio-specific tools highlighted at IBC include updates to dira Dimension, CGI’s web-based, cloud-native radio production suite, which can be deployed in public, private cloud, on-premises or hybrid setups.” dira Dimension includes a flexible workflow engine, which now integrates with AI for tasks such as automated transcription and text-to-speech functionality, said CGI.

Additionally, an enhanced dira Onair Player comes with a built-in crossfade editor, voice track editor, jingle management tools and an integrated content browser with time-scaling and loop capabilities.

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