Virtual Newsreader Ananova

On this day in 2000 RTÉ News reported on the launch of a virtual newsreader. New technology in the form of a virtual newsreader is providing an alternative approach to news delivery and consumption.

A virtual newsreader, named Ananova, has been launched online to deliver personalised news and information.

The persona of Ananova is 28 years of age, 5 foot 8 inches tall, never gets sick and loves her job. Visitors to the Ananova website can be briefed on the day's events. Site visitors can personalise their news interests on topics of specific interests to them. This customised news is tied in to a commercial model which then allows Anna Nova to suggest music and books that you may be interested in purchasing.

This report includes interviews with William Cooper, Technical Product Manager for Ananova, Colm Grealy, creator of Online.ie, Barry O'Neill, CEO at Rondomondo, and Brian Trench from the Department of Journalism at Dublin City University.

A RTÉ News report by Anthony Murnane on technological advances in online news delivery and consumption.

This report was broadcast on 18 April 2000.

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