The BBC has announced that it's now piloting "virtual voiceover" technology, which will be used to automatically translate TV reports into Japanese. In early 2016, the broadcaster's Russian service will start using it as well.
Creating a way for news editors to produce multi-language reports almost single-handedly, the BBC's technology will take the script for a news package and translate it into the specified language. According to Broadcast, the tool uses Google Translate for actual translation.
Later on, a bilingual journalist will need to polish the text, and then the voiceover will be recorded automatically using one of the synthesised voices.