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  1. Al-SA-TX

    WDAF-TV renovations/set

    Yikes. All of it screams in-house and it is TEGNA inspired -- It is not good. The Tribune FOX package would have fit well in KC, they should have gone with that.
  2. Al-SA-TX

    Out & About

    [MEDIA=twitter]1041456554887835649[/MEDIA] https://www.wsj.com/articles/time-magazine-sold-to-salesforce-founder-marc-benioff-for-190-million-1537137165 It appears Meredith has sold Time Magazine.
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    The Tribune Saga, Part 3: New Sale Talks

    You all missed the point here. It's easy to transition between shows that are on the same channel, but when you try to do a live show on channel b with a live cut-in scheduled on channel a which varies every night (back to the whole pre-news thing), it doesn't work. The fix there is to preempt the pre-news, but I don't see that happening since the 10pm shows are the money makers in this market. I do agree that having a dedicated anchor for the 9pm will help the 10pm anchors out. The talent usually try to read through their scripts before the show, and from a production standpoint, it usually takes 15-30 minutes to code a heavily stacked show -- and if you've ever watched KFOR's 10pm during the week, it's jammed packed with a ton of content for 20 minutes non-stop.
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    The Tribune Saga, Part 3: New Sale Talks

    KAUT's newscasts at 9pm are only 30 minutes because there needs to be time to prepare for the 10pm. Pre-news is done live on KFOR and that time changes every night. Second, KAUT has already beaten KOKH in the past.
  5. Al-SA-TX

    TEGNA Broadcasting and Digital General Discussion

    I'm not sure what company you work for, but I also work in the business and disagree with a couple of things here. Full disclosure, I was at a management level position for a TEGNA station a couple of years ago when the company spun off of Gannett. Not once did I ever encounter anything along the lines of "Corporate is making us do so and so" (Nor has this occurred at my current station). Standardized graphics you say? Nonsense. If a CSD really wanted to, they could launch their own package, but most stations these days do not have a graphics department to support the every day needs of the news department. TEGNA may encourage their business units to think outside of the box, but they aren't forcing anyone's hand here. That said, I would work for them again given the opportunity. Secondly, again, those social media driven/experimental newscasts are coming from local management. If it was corporate, you'd see something like that on it's entire television portfolio. In this case, some GM/ND came up with the idea and others started running with it. I guarantee you whoever first pitched the idea was someone from sales who found their way into a GM/ND position. Sadly, this is a common occurrence in this business.
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    TEGNA Broadcasting and Digital General Discussion

    I'm not sure how to tell y'all this, but corporate doesn't come in and make anyone do anything. *GASPS* It's all on local management.
  7. Al-SA-TX

    Cox sells majority TV interest to Apollo

    Some clarification here: https://www.rbr.com/cox-on-the-block-ajc-confirms-possible-tv-station-sale/ One thing that I find interesting is if Cox was interested in selling their stations outright, why not say so right off the bat? Their emphasis on "a merger or partnership" is clear throughout the press releases. It sounds like the birth of a new company with whomever they merge with. As others have said, it isn't a coincidence this announcement comes a week after the Sinclair merger with Tribune was sent to an ALJ. I wouldn't count a Cox/Tribune merger out just yet. It also isn't a coincidence this comes after the courts ruling on the ownership cap. The next few weeks will definitely be interesting.
  8. Al-SA-TX

    NEW Hearst Graphics: Diagrad 2.0

    I believe they are outputting 4K, but I never had the chance to look into the technical details of the equipment we received while I worked at KOAT. As for the live shots being routed into the monitor, producers also do that now too utilizing HATMOS, so I think whatever live source they designate to whatever monitor does run through the VizRT Engine. I'm not sure about WBAL, but for the other stations that have the entire array (9 vertical monitors), the monitors work in sets of three per source. IE: A producer can put a live source in the middle three monitors, and graphic elements on the outer monitors etc.
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    NEW Hearst Graphics: Diagrad 2.0

    In ENPS, Hearst stations have a "Theme" column that allows producers to change the theme of lowerthirds/graphics in pre-production or on the fly. If they forget to change it before the show, and the graphic comes up on air & they see it as the generic blue, but it should be breaking, they can type "Breaking" into the Column/Line of that story and VIZ will change it on air so the TD doesn't have to do anything. The HATMOS program they developed is really sophisticated, but kind of dated. I think all Hearst stations are stuck on Version 6 of ENPS because of it.
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    Sinclair, Tribune Close to Merger Deal

    The application states on page 10 that they are looking to divest one top four station and another station (non top-four) to a third party.
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    TEGNA's New Graphics?

    They are getting a bigger board this year that may have the capability of working with Miranda Vertigo. They still use Chyron IP, not the built in character generator. Same deal for KAGS, but I'm not sure if they're upgrading their board.
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    New Set at KOAT

    Nothing else is changing as far as I know. We've been full HD for a few years now.
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    New Set at KOAT

    Next on the list of Hearst stations to receive a new set: KOAT. [MEDIA=twitter]907343642695581696[/MEDIA] I work at this station and decided to wait until someone else made the announcement before posting here. The new set is a variation of the other recent set launches within Hearst, but with some New Mexico elements added to the mix. The renderings are quite nice, we'll have to see if the final product will hold up, but I think it will be a nice change for the state of New Mexico. Regardless, it'll be contemporary and the sharpest looking set in this DMA. The current set was moved on Saturday from Studio B to Studio A, so the average viewer won't notice a difference, but the lighting is a bit off in the temp studio. It took 12 hours to move that beast. Additionally, KOAT launched a new newscast: Live at 4 last month. It's an hour long show. Harry was dropped from our lineup in favor of moving Steve Harvey to 2pm and Ellen to 3pm.
  14. Al-SA-TX

    New set at KOCO

    If watch KOAT, you may notice some missing set pieces from the demolition that recently started.
  15. Al-SA-TX

    TEGNA Broadcasting and Digital General Discussion

    I always thought this would be feasible for KIDY to achieve since KTXS' presence in San Angelo is mediocre at best. I can't see KXVA taking the ABC affiliation away from KTXS, but I can see KIDY snatching the ABC affiliation away from KTXE. Last I heard was that KTXS has been trying to increase their presence in the Concho Valley, they even started renting office space next door to KIDY's downtown building...which I thought was a slap in the face, but to each it's own.

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