Earlier today, CQ Roll Call announced the acquisition of the Federal News Service (FNS) business from The Dolan Company. FNS is a DC-based company, founded in 1985 and purchased by The Dolan Company in 2010, that provides verbatim transcripts, in real time, on their website, www.fednews.com.
CQ Roll Call Executive Vice President and Managing Director Keith White stated, “there are primary sources of information that have not yet been digitized, not yet made available to those who are serious about understanding and influencing policy formation,” he continued, “This acquisition will allow us to expand that body of coverage, giving the world increased access to what policy makers say as they vote, amend, argue and more. And this would not have been possible without our long-term partners, ASC.”
The addition of FNS transcription products to CQ Roll Coll will allow for coverage of more speeches, hearings, interviews and newsworthy events. An official press release from CQ Roll Call read, “On-demand transcription services also will be expanded, solidifying CQ Roll Call’s position in Washington as the best source for quick and accurate transcripts for every type of event. Current FNS clients will see no interruption in coverage, as CQ Roll Call will maintain the FNS websites along with all currently available information.”
“As the 114th Congress begins, existing FNS subscribers will be invited to enjoy the enhanced services of CQ.com,” said Meg Hargreaves, CQ Roll Call’s Chief Client Officer. “This includes broader event coverage, the industry’s most in-depth news and analysis, robust congressional schedules, custom alerting, email updates, and access to CQ Roll Call’s exclusive client webinars and live events.”