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  1. It might have just dried up, because word on the street is Wotila has sold majority ownership in his two OTA stations. This comes about a year after some construction permits Freelancer Television had in Colorado since 2016 were transferred to Major Market Broadcasting (a group that has several stations running NewsNet). EDIT: The Paperwork. The stations are being transferred to "Bridge News, LLC", a company owned 90% by Manoj Bhargava (a Conservative who owns the company that produces 5 Hour Energy and owns 5.2% of Gray Television) and 10% by Eric Wotila (founder of NewsNet/WMNN/etc). It's not clear if NewsNet is part of this deal.
  2. Local TV in general is experiencing a talent exodus. https://cronkitenewslab.com/management/2021/10/21/local-newsroom-recruitment-crisis-part-1/ https://cronkitenewslab.com/management/2021/10/28/local-newsroom-recruitment-crisis-part-2/ Nobody wants to work for peanuts in local TV when they can make bank elsewhere. I pointed out in the Discord last week that former WISN anchor Melinda Davenport was the host for Facebook's developer conference live streams. @Myron Falwellsummed it up best: Broadcast TV talent is learning they can use their skills at other jobs that make more money and have less stressful hours. There's fewer and fewer people that wish to replace them. TV news is a dying medium, and fewer people desire to stay in it when they can get better pay and hours that allow them to have a social life elsewhere.
  3. It looks like a re-creation of the mock-up made by the new logo designers that was included on Page 1 of this thread. I am told that the local station group was not involved with this project and that any mock up local logos included in the design documents leaked are not official new logos.
  4. Actually, something I didn't consider: Tegna has a history of taking old sets and moving them elsewhere, I guess it's always possible they build out this set, and then a few years from now, build them a new set in a new facility and take the now "old" set and move it to one of their smaller market stations. It's a win-win. A secondhand big market set moved to a small market will last an easy 20 years. Which one of their Texas stations has the old KUSA set? Maybe they'll get it. That thing's already old, give it a few more years and it's going to look like they're broadcasting from a TV News museum.
  5. I can almost guarantee that WFAA will sell their land in the next few years, once this development gets off the ground. I wouldn't expect much of an upgrade to the Young St. studios as a result. The days of WFAA in that spot are very likely numbered.
  6. Given how they've been running their Alaska and Wyoming stations, I wouldn't be surprised if they dropped NewsNet to save a few bucks and use the old INN "News Hub" to do their own hubbed newscasts.
  7. I wonder where they got that...
  8. "First on NewscastStudio" yet posted a day after this thread...
  9. It just isn't a thread about a Tegna station without complaining about C Clarity.
  10. A wildfire broke out on the hill that KEYT/KCOY Santa Barbara sits at the top of. The station was evacuated shortly after.
  11. Just because something shows up on someone's demo reel or portfolio does not mean they created the entire thing from scratch. If there was some "rule" that you could only include stuff you made 100%, nobody would be able to get a job.
  12. There have been more updates, this time to the monitor walls behind the anchor desk and the standup area. The previous arrays of horizontal thin-bezel monitors have been replaced by vertical thin-bezel monitors. The large 2x2 thin bezel monitor cart appears to have been completely replaced with a new single large monitor. All the brass-colored trim around these areas has also been replaced with silver coloring to match the rest of the look of the set. The old weather set has been completely overhauled with a new 3x3 monitor wall stand up location. https://www.instagram.com/p/COu0SLunMK8/ The floor also looks to have been refinished with epoxy, replacing the tiles that have been in there since the 1995 set went in. In addition, the old duratran areas on either side of the desk have been filled in with something that hides the LED strips behind it. Previously they had ripped out the duras but left the semi-frosted plexiglass in place, which had large seams that on certain shots would expose the LED light box strips. EDIT: It appears this happened back at the end of April. There's a bunch of shows where the anchors are in different areas (one on a tight shot in front of the 2x2 monitor cart and another on the Morning Blend set, which is in the same studio)
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  14. (NOTE: This outage was rescheduled from 4/25 due to scheduling conflicts) The site will be unavailable for a few hours this coming Sunday, May 2nd. The target time for the outage is around 8pm-11pm Eastern time, but there is always a chance it goes a little longer. The Discord will remain available through the outage.
  15. Pretty sure TVNT's favorite -LP KCTU once carried TheBlazeTV. Now it carries InfoWars.
  16. I don't think Newsy is on some path to become regionalized. It doesn't make sense. All evidence points to the ION stations as being basically nothing more than an OTA endpoint for a national broadcast with little infrastructure to allow for local cut-ins. This is nothing more than a way to expand Newsy's national reach and charge advertisers more/get more advertisers interested, as the article says. The only way I see regionalized Newsy stations happening is when the networks decide that OTA is no longer a business model they want to be involved in.
  17. Gray's taking advantage of the amount of television and film production that takes place around Atlanta. That's a priority worth chasing. Unless the film industry decides to move away from Atlanta, this facility will print money from Netflix and Amazon from the moment it opens.
  18. In May of 1979, Milwaukee Public Television/WMVS' "Milwaukee: Behind the Headlines" program aired a two hour feature on the inner workings of the WISN-TV newsroom. The program features a very unique, and rare, live simulcast of WISN's Action News at 10 program from the control room and studio floor. That's right, viewers could watch the WISN broadcast on Channel 12, or flip over to Channel 10 and watch the same program from "behind the scenes". WMVS rolled their cameras into the WISN Broadcast Center right up next to the WISN cameras for this extremely unique look into how TV worked in 1979. There are three cameras here (four if you count the one capturing this scene)... But only two of them are WISN's! The camera on the right, although the same model as WISN's cameras, is feeding the WMVS broadcast. Part 1: https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_kr6xuhf7 Part 2: https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_oq8duewg <The 10pm news simulcast starts at the start of Part 2. Interesting thing to note: Hello - a cut from the image campaign - closes the show, but the opens are still the ABC World News synth theme. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that the actual "Hello News" music package came much later, possibly more than a year or two after the campaign first launched, and this seems to be a confirmation of that.
  19. The best-case scenario for the old Master Control space (it's a fairly large room) is converting it into a new control room. The existing control room was built in the 80's and has not been updated much. They did move things around a few years ago when they automated, but it's still pretty tight in there (especially since they simultaneously moved the robotics control from the studio floor into the control room). They might have to wait until Radio moves out, though. At some point, the control booth for the radio networks got moved into the TV MCR, in a small closet-sized booth partitioned off from the rest of the room. Transmissions is also in the MCR, but that could probably be moved elsewhere.
  20. I'm pretty sure the reason they're relocating has more to do with space for people than equipment. Most stations technical cores are surprisingly empty these days - where you'd once have three racks filled with VTRs (which take up the space one 2" VTR took up 50 years ago) you now have one rack with two servers doing the same exact job as those tape decks. ParkerVision was a product of the time period in which equipment space needs were peaking. You can now fit multiple switchers and automation servers into a single rack.
  21. Not 5 years. The lamps generally last for 1-2k hours and will get dimmer as they get older. They probably should be replaced every year at least, given how much a TV station uses them, but they are also expensive, so of course a small market might be convinced to run them until they (literally) explode.
  22. It will be locked to new posts but otherwise left alone.
  23. They've indicated a few times that they intend to run the Ion stations separate from the rest of their portfolio. I'd be surprised if they tried to do news on them.
  24. They've been using this music for a long time... It's been on the 11pm for a while. This probably has nothing to do with new graphics, and more to do with their News Director liking this particular style of music (I've heard that he wasn't a fan of Inergy at Scripps, and that's why KTNV didn't have proper news opens until he left for KOVR)
  25. It's worth noting that Congress let STELA expire. They didn't care enough to renew it for the people that needed it. There is zero chance they would reimplement it with some provision to let cable/sat providers just pipe in whoever they felt like during a dispute. The station groups, networks, and NAB would absolutely not support that. Period. Syndex already prevents this from happening. The local station retains it's local rights even if it's not on the cable provider.
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