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  2. They have been hiring for technical roles in DC, and there's always been a control room there, so it's safe to say at least a good chunk of the production is coming from DC.
  3. Aesthetically, it's the nicest set they've had since...well, the last Washington set. I wish it didn't give such a CNN / FOX O&O feel, but that's sort of to be expected with the new EP coming from the Situation Room. I hope they find good use for those floor panels. Visually, it's the most polished look since the Couric era. They really could have put their money where their mouth is and led with politics tonight if that's the whole reason to set up shop there. A little disappointed it was weather instead.
  4. That's the big problem with the show moving to Washington, though--does the American public really want even the perception of another newscast focused on politics when there are so many dedicated to the cause, and so many speaking to any number of different politically-minded choirs? I'm not saying leading with weather every night is the way forward, either. There's room for one of the national newscasts to do in-depth reporting every night, CBS would fit the bill like a glove, and they used to do it during the Pelley era. Even something akin to CBC's current format of The National where it's not a clean introduction of the news of the day, but rather an analytical approach to the news with investigative reporting sprinkled in, would work. Instead, they're trying to copy ABC and it shows.
  5. The whole thing's kind of all over the place -- the open screams Linear Drift, the lower-thirds feel like RenderOn, and I see some hints of the last-gen Access Hollywood look later in the show. Their headline bed is a library track from NSM and if you were jamming to the opening to Telemundo like I was, I have good news.
  6. Very likely a custom cut Gari (and ONLY Gari) did. KSDK first commissioned New Millennium, so they very likely commissioned some custom cuts to match the open, including that drum intro. On the syndicated version the NBC chimes cover it up. A refreshed version of that drum intro with better instrumentation resurfaced when KYW picked up the package, BTW.
  7. WHO's been using Tower V6 for at least a year or two now - and TBH they didn't execute what were the Tribune FOX graphics all that well. Hope Nexstar gives them a new set next - they BADLY need one.
  8. In another universe, it is! Nice look--if it indeed was in-house, well done. Hope it makes its way to other stations in the group.
  9. I think the look is better for WTXL than the Raycom Limerick look it replaced, which has not aged well at all. But it's not going to fly in larger markets without a lot more Inerg...um, energy, and that goes for both visuals AND music. There's a lot that can can be done to make a panel look like this interesting. KTVU's opens are the closest I could point to as a proper execution.
  10. I agree, they are very good, but they probably don't work in a flat/clean design.
  11. Re: KPTM - pretty sure news is still coming out of Fresno but unsure if weather is based in Omaha--that may explain the discrepancy.
  12. Ehhhhhh I wouldn't say that. Have you noticed FOX O&Os are using paired down horizontal logos as bugs and even in some of the opens? NY, LA, and Chicago have all largely phased out significant use of the kitebox on-air. Adding KTVU into the fold really helped with that. Really, between the Disney sale and the pickup of more stations, it should really be a moment for the FTS hub to consider a new package across the board that severs the ties of old and affords some more distance from Ailes-era FNC.
  13. Funny enough, that never bothered me growing up!
  14. I had to turn the TV off as a kid before Inspector Gadget got to the end of the credits because of this--
  15. It's getting pretty close, especially considering A) The players aren't paid, B) More people watch the Iron Bowl than the Super Bowl in markets like Birmingham.
  16. Is....is that SCOTT CHAPIN???
  17. Even more interesting on that KJRH tape - there's a cut of Finale used in one of the weather promos.
  18. Interesting time to experiment given we're at the November book...
  19. It's weird because the previous FTN studio was perfectly serviceable for the Evening News and was only a year or so old - and IIRC Norah anchored EN from there a couple times and it looked really good. An 11PM or otherwise late national news won't work - too many are in bed by that hour and it would probably need to be "edgy" to have a snowball's chance. What I do think would work is someone expanding their evening newscast to an hour each night, so there's more opportunity to produce and air stories with depth and not try to jam everything most of the public already knows into 90 second packages--basically put on a watered down 60 Minutes, but every night. That's basically what Scott Pelley's Evening News was, and even in a 30 minute slot it was excellent. As the syndication market falters and more programming's coming in-house, I wonder what network would have the guts to try it. CBS, honestly, is a prime candidate. Their syndie arm just dropped the Insider and while Inside Edition filled the hole in a lot of markets, that time could absolutely be spent putting better content on the air. I bet plenty of station groups would love to not have to pay for another half-hour of programming for their stations.
  20. If they're futureproofing for 4K, I'm cautiously excited to see how this set's going to turn out - really hoping it's something that can take advantage of the resolution and technology and pop... and that it's not just another video wall.
  21. I know this is about the set, but I have it on good authority Morris *is* standardizing and the WTVQ look is going to the rest of their stations, starting with WWAY.
  22. Agreed with @Journalist - guessing this was a draft Cake Studios made before it got finalized to the straight up glass panels - and because they needed to get something to Ratner to track, it was this.
  23. Kinda wonder if ViacomCBS would buy MediaWorks out - it would be an excellent complement to TEN in Australia and it absolutely makes sense to do in this "bigger is better" world of scale.
  24. And here I thought they had the newsroom set since...what, the 80s?--and they just put a monitor wall in front of it recently. This looks like it'll be a proper set--again, a shame that newsroom sets are going by the wayside. But also seems like a decent excuse for another In-Sink update.
  25. Looks like they're getting a Linear Drift package, too--
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