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  1. The current round of sets for Nexstar's large- and upper-mid-market stations (KDVR, KTLA, KXAN, WPIX) seem to be missing the local touches that the bigger stations from the previous round (KOIN, KRON, WFLA) had. I couldn't even tell you what's LA about KTLA's set other than being bright and shiny and modern.
  2. Looks like KXAN is off the air long-term.
  3. Nothing much to see from the debate itself. The only shot besides the candidate podiums was a very tight shot of the anchors/moderators at a tiny desk with a dead screen and a monitor array behind. The desk isn't completely identical to the one from the temporary set, but it looks close. Seeing that desk and wondering if it's going to be the permanent anchor desk makes me realize just how much I dislike the tiny desk trend. KXAN's old desk did a really good job of having room for four people but not looking too big for just one or two. s
  4. This image keeps popping up on KXAN's social media in connection with the mayoral runoff debate they're hosting tonight. I guess the new set is making its debut then.
  5. Time lapse of the set being brought into the studio. Looks like it matches the backdrop for temporary set, so I assume that panel will get reused somewhere.
  6. I really wish someone would, but I have a hard time seeing anyone doing it any time soon. The networks aren't going to bother with a second full production when they can insert segments into the east coast-produced shows. Out of the big station groups, Nexstar is the only one that has enough non-big-3 affiliates to make it work but I think they're too busy trying to push NewsNation to try anything else.
  7. Fun facts: Since KEYE's news department signed on at the time of the 1995 affiliation swap with KTBC they have had... 2 sets 4 owners (Granite, CBS, Four Points, Sinclair) 5 station logos 6 different brands (K-EYEwitness News, KEYE News, CBS 42 KEYE News, CBS 42 News, KEYE-TV News, CBS Austin News)
  8. I keep hoping that they decide to bring that back instead of the 87 version. It's got so much more energy.
  9. Maybe I overestimate the market for this kind of thing but I'm surprised none of the non-big-three stations on the west coast (that I know of) is doing the reverse of KCBS and doing a live nation/world focused newscast up against the three-hour-old network newscasts. Nexstar could even slap a NewsNation logo on the version from KTLA or KRON and simulcast it on cable. I know Hawaii is pretty late to the party both in terms of how much things are delayed and how long it took them to get satellite feeds instead of flying in videotapes, but it seems to work well enough for KHON to have kept it all these years.
  10. And in more KXAN news, political reporter Daniel Marin will take over 5, 6, and 10 PM when Robert Hadlock retires later this month.
  11. The studio where Studio 512 originated pre-pandemic (it's still being done from the hosts' homes, based on the videos on kxan.com) is connected to the news studio by a double door. I assume they're going to knock out the wall with that door and merge the two studios. ISTR that the adjacent studio was also where they stuck the temporary set the last couple times they redid the main studio, so them being in a different part of the building this time would also seem to point that way. The set that was just decommissioned came in in 2016, so it was under Media General. That backdrop started out as part of the permanent set in the mid-2000s, but the switch to HD, having a monitor stuck in front of it, and not being properly lit or hung on the temp set made it look awful. I did some quick digging on YouTube and grabbed screen shots. 2005 permanent set 2016 temp set
  12. Note to TEGNA: This is how you do flat graphics well
  13. Don't know if these rolled out at the same as the rest of the update, but I've noticed that some stations are using a different L3 for anchors/reporters with white on whatever accent color is being used for the rest of the graphics.
  14. Wasn't it also supposed to be moving to Times Square along with the Monday-Saturday "Mornings"? I'm kind of curious now if it's a matter of avoiding the Broadcast Center or if they took down the previous set but never finished the move.
  15. Looks like KXAN is going to be switching over to a variation on the the WISH/WTNH graphics, based on maps posted to their social media today. The existing look is a 2015 refresh of one that launched in 2011, so it's definitely time for something new.
  16. KTBC morning anchor Dave Froelich is headed to KHOU, according to this tweet from his co-anchor.
  17. Local weather hubbing seems like it would make far more sense with the groups like Tegna, Sinclair, and Nexstar that have significant medium to larger market stations right next to small-market stations than it does for network O&Os that tend to be much more spread out. For the hypothetical surprise Sunday morning tornado warning, someone who's from a couple hundred miles away at most is going to have a much better shot at knowing what names on the radar map are significant population centers, the unusual/difficult pronunciations, and the general state of the atmosphere. And even for things like weekend mornings or fill-ins, "so-and-so is joining us from our sister station in a nearby big city" feels like it would work as a toss.
  18. I can understand the Austin transmitter because that's where their facilities are and the original concept when the station signed on was to serve both Austin and San Antonio, but the San Saba transmitter is strange to me. It's in the Temple-Waco-Bryan market and within 20 miles of counties in the San Angelo, Abilene, and DFW markets. I don't see much market for San Antonio-focused ads there, so I don't get the financial reasoning.
  19. Getting some retro special report vibes from the start of that intro.
  20. KVUE chief meteorologist Albert Ramon announced on social media that he will be leaving the station next week after 10 years there. His message said that the new opportunity was too good to pass up and he would still be covering Texas weather “extensively,” but coanchor Terri Gruca mentioned that he was headed to Chicago. The combination of those two pieces of information makes me suspect that he may be headed to News Nation.
  21. The "US BASE ATTACKED?" that was on the wall at the start of the clip lost its question mark when it came back up. My assumption is that they were changing the graphic on the fly now that it was confirmed and there was a few seconds of black while the new version was loaded/rendered/whatever.
  22. I didn't see the Chiefs graphic, but I think the Shanahan graphic looks like an effort to pick something that looks like the 49ers logo font. I'll be curious to see whether that carries over to the package next season.
  23. I don't think that's even all of the Nexstar mic flags. I don't see KSWB, KLAS, KXAN, or WNCN. There's a KRON flag in the picture, which surprised me, but it could be there because it was easier to take the entire collection than to try to pull out the ones that won't be used.
  24. I tend to think of everything since they debuted the big screen behind the anchor desk in 2004 as a series of incremental updates of that set. They've gone through several desks and multiple video technologies in that time, but most of the rest hasn't changed much other than the addition of the light boxes and monitors around the columns. Certainly nothing as big as Nightly News' moves across the hall and back or CBS' rebuild of Studio 47 for Katie Couric.
  25. KEYE's message is now explicitly encouraging people to change providers. Sounds like they're going in for the long haul. I also noticed that they're explicitly referencing NFL Football as something that would be missed. Definitely a much bigger deal down the road in San Antonio, at least for this week, since the Texans are on KABB and the Cowboys are on WOAI.
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