ACCRA, The PyeongChang News Services Network (PNN), which has been set up by the Republic of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency to allow news outlets around the world to share content on the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in real time and for free, has signed a working agreement with the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

The agreement was signed here Monday by Son Sun Young, the Deputy Assistant Manager of Yonhap, who said: Under the agreement with the International Olympic Committee, Yonhap was designated as the host news agency for the PyeongChang event. As such, we have begun developing the PNN as the platform for the free exchange of news content among news agencies and we expect to complete it this year.”

She added that news agencies joining the platform would together build an archive of content for the PyeongChang Olympic Games and have free access to each other’s news content, adding that they will be able to use this platform to exchange news content even after the Olympics.

She noted that the media platform, which already has 43 members at the moment, including five from Africa, does not impose any restriction in membership participation as it is done through a single registration.

PNN members will have access to not only Yonhap News’ content in the Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Arabic and Spanish languages but also that of fellow members without signing separate agreements. Members can upload their content, including news articles in English and native languages, photos and video clips and graphics on the platform without limitations, she said.

Yongseok YI, the project Manager of PNN, said for meaningful and substantial co-operation among the world’s news agencies in overcoming the challenges and turmoil in a rapidly changing media environment, mainly caused by the rapid development of information and communication technology had necessitated the use of the PNN.

Francis Rex Annan, the Acting Managing Director of the GNA, said the agreement had come at an opportune time to support the GNA to achieve its mandate.