Video Webcasting Emerges as a Viable Corporate Communications Tool
Thomson Financial Unveils New Webcasting Operations Center in Boston
NEW YORK, June 12 /CNW/ -- Thomson Financial, an operating unit of The
Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and a leading provider of
information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community,
today announced it reached a major milestone by producing and creating its
100,000th client webcast. Thomson Financial introduced its webcasting and
webhosting services in October 2000, and produced more than 25,000 webcasts in
2006 and 10,000 to date in 2007.
"We've seen client demand for video webcasting double in 2006 from 2005,
with the bulk of the growth in internal communications and external training,
marketing and public relations events," said Greg Radner, senior vice
president of Thomson Financial's Corporate Communications Services.
In 2000, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted Regulation
FD (Fair Disclosure) to eliminate selective disclosure of material nonpublic
information by U.S. public companies. The new regulation caused a spike in
webcasted conference calls and presentations, with many public companies
initially opting to use audio-only webcasts. Over time, public companies have
augmented their audio calls and presentations with PowerPoint slides,
supporting materials, online Q&A and a range of other multimedia features.
Today, Thomson Financial delivers high performance and reliable webcasts
for events including quarterly and annual earnings conference calls,
shareholder meetings, analyst days, M&A announcements, product launches,
employee training and crisis communications. Companies can choose from live
audio-only webcasts to full production video events. Thomson Financial also
helps companies extend the reach of their webcasts by posting them to Thomson
StreetEvents, a subscription-based corporate disclosure portal used by more
than 22,000 investment professionals around the world as a primary source for
information on corporate events, guidance, transcripts, briefs, SEC filings
"Our services facilitate 'show and tell' for the broadband age," said
Radner. "C-suite officers increasingly want to speak and present directly to
analysts, shareholders, employees and institutional investors, to communicate
to all of their constituencies. We offer them an opportunity to do this."
Thomson Financial recently launched iShowcase, an integrated video and
Flash player, to tap into growing client demand for more interactive services
and features. Thomson iShowcase is a presentation platform designed to educate
and engage audiences while improving the comprehension and retention of the
client's message. It can be customized to incorporate the client's branding,
supporting materials such as slides and presentations, as well as animation,
to reinforce the setting and messages that the client is communicating. The
increased demand in client webcasting led Thomson Financial to build an
operations center in Boston and to link similar Thomson Financial facilities
in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Hong Kong. The Boston-based
facility will be used to encode and digitize live and taped webcasts.
"As a publicly held company, we rely on Thomson Financial to help us meet
and exceed the disclosure regulations required by the SEC," said David E.
Gable, Chief Financial Officer and senior vice president for KEMET Electronics
Corporation. "But we have also tapped into the rich media capabilities of
Thomson Financial's webcasting platform by using high quality audio and video
to deliver a more compelling, interactive message to our internal and external
About Thomson Financial Corporate Services
Backed by more than 15 years of experience serving the needs of 4,500
corporations worldwide, the Corporate Services segment of Thomson Financial
combines the industry's highest quality suite of solutions with outstanding
client service and proven best practices to help increase the efficiency and
effectiveness of corporate officers across the investor relations, corporate
communications, treasury and corporate finance functions.
Thomson Financial offers the industry's highest quality and most
comprehensive suite of online corporate communications services. Leveraging
this compelling and interactive suite of Web-based rich media solutions,
corporate communications professionals now have a cost-effective and
measurable alternative to traditional communications methods, enabling them to
maximize the effectiveness and reach of their internal and external
About Thomson Financial
Thomson Financial, with 2006 revenues of US$2 billion, is a provider of
information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community.
Through the widest range of products and services in the industry, Thomson
Financial helps clients in more than 70 countries make better decisions, be
more productive and achieve superior results. Thomson Financial is part of The
Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), a global leader in providing essential
electronic workflow solutions to business and professional customers. With
operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides value-added
information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of
law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare.
The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock
exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).
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