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Everything posted by MarkBRollins88_v2

  1. I think Jason’s tweet was more saying it was *his* last newscast from Victory… he’s probably going on vacation for the rest of the year starting today.
  2. I’m hoping this new newsroom set is not the “new state of the art set” they were referring to
  3. does this mean we should expect a new set to debut soon
  4. In my opinion, the old set is better than that cheapass piece of cardboard Sinclair gave WOAI and called a set.
  5. found these pictures in instagram of what look like some sort of (maybe makeshift) studio in the WFAA newsroom. This looks like the part of the newsroom that I always knew as being home to the assignment desk, but I could be wrong.
  6. Maybe someday the carbon copy of this set a couple markets to their west will finally get torn apart too.
  7. According to this DMN article, the new studio renovation will cost around $850,000 and will be in the second floor of their young street building. I’m not sure that’s correct… their studio space is in the first floor. I think DMN looked up construction permit records and thought the records for the renovation of the building’s second floor (which is happening concurrently with the studio renovation) were the records for the studio renovation… I doubt they’d have to file with the city for a studio renovation the same way they would for a building renovation since nothing structural is changing. They’re essentially just changing the furniture… not tearing out load-bearing walls, removing asbestos, changing HVAC, gutting building infrastructure, etc, etc. At most there may be some electrical reworking. But I’d almost find that surprising since buildings housing studios are usually wired when they’re built to be renovated without having to be rewired every time they’re renovated. But maybe I’m wrong. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2021/10/22/wfaa-to-move-its-tv-studio-out-of-prime-victory-park-location-in-january/?outputType=amp
  8. I have confirmed that TEGNA will be rolling out a new graphics package for all of its stations in the near future. They are done and ready to go. It will happen soon. I haven’t seen what it looks like yet but have confirmed with sources in the know that this is happening. If anyone else has more info please share.
  9. Lemme guess the tea… every single Scripps station communicated how crappy the new music was and told corporate they needed a more urgent cut. The “Florida 24” theme is a way of corporate caving and giving them what they want while being able to say “we didn’t screw up… this is a totally new theme that we only ever intended for Florida24 to use… but if it turns out our other stations want to use it, so be it.”
  10. There are quite a few cox stations that are in major need of a graphics update. KOKI has been using their current graphics since 2013. 2013!!!! It’s been EIGHT YEARS.
  11. I demand they hyperlink to my original, exclusive reporting.
  12. Honestly I feel like Tegna has been churning out some pretty nice sets the past few years. WUSA, KTHV, KARE and WXIA come to mind. Even KWES has a pretty cool set given its market size. Of all the major ownership groups, I think Tegna cares a lot about aesthetics. My problems with Tegna lie at their content strategy.
  13. A friend of mine emailed Pete Delkus about it. Here’s his response she forwarded to me: “Yes, WFAA is leaving our Victory studios the end of the year. We’re moving to a brand new studio back at our Young Street location. It will not be open to the public. Sorry…wish it was but…” You’d be surprised though. As long as they’re delivering the product from a certain location, even if that location’s days are numbered, they won’t want to do anything that could jeopardize their product. i.e. cheaping out on a set because they’re gonna move in two years (let’s say) could be detrimental to them during those two years because a cheap set can’t provide the same product a nice set would. Could in turn lose viewers. Look no further than KTVA. You can’t tell me they didn’t know they wanted to sell even at the time they built that fancy building. I’m sure they knew they were gonna sell in the near future. But until then, they were still going to deliver the best product they could even knowing their days were numbered. Or hell, look no further than WFAA’s Victory Park studio! I guarantee when they updated it in 2018, they knew they would be leaving that space in the near future. Guarantee. They could’ve just left the set as-is until they leave the studio this year… but they knew it was time for an update to keep up with the times. It didn’t matter how long that update was going to last. It was worth the investment for the three years they got out of it. Everything counts until it doesn’t. So why not go all-out (to the extent your budget allows) every chance you get. Not to mention, sets are not permanent fixtures. They can be moved. We’ve seen quite a few examples of sets being moved and rebuilt in a new location exactly as they were before (see KUSA—>KCEN or KXAS—>KTEN). Who’s to say they can’t just pack up and move this “set of all sets” to their new location if and when they were to relocate? Right now, they even have the chance to design it in a purposeful way to be easily moved in the future if they want to. They have a blank canvas.
  14. 100% agree. WFAA’s Young street days are numbered. A few years ago some preliminary plans for the high speed rail route showed the Dallas train station to be built on the WFAA and DMN site. While they ended up choosing a different site, I guarantee they wouldn’t have released those preliminary plans if they hadn’t talked to WFAA about buying their property for it. (article: https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/blog/morning_call/2015/01/high-speed-rail-station-could-redevelop-dallas.html) The Dallas Morning News even admitted in that article it would have been open to selling its site for the train station and they had talks with the train company about it. I guarantee WFAA did the same thing or they wouldn’t have released those drawings. In other words, that was evidence to me WFAA would be willing to sell their property given the right opportunity.
  15. That whole property is being redeveloped into an entertainment district. Record street (which runs between the old DMN building and WFAA building) will be reopened to the public. The front part of the DMN building will remain and is currently being converted to a boutique hotel. The printing press rooms are going to become a concert hall of some sort. That area is ripe for redevelopment. Especially with the convention center right there. The high speed rail station for the line that will run between Dallas and Houston is under construction in that area right now too.
  16. WFAA doesn’t own the TXCN building. It’s part of the old DMN complex, which is in the process of being redeveloped. The developer is planning to tear down the TXCN building to build a hotel. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2020/06/11/redevelopment-dallas-morning-news.html
  17. Was just listening to The Ticket (Dallas Sports Radio station). The Ticket’s studios are right across from WFAA’s in Victory Plaza outside the AAC. One of the hosts was talking about how they run into WFAA personalities outside from time to time, but that is about to end because WFAA is “moving very soon. They’ll no longer be our broadcast neighbors here in Victory Park.” This was the first I’ve heard of it. He emphasized that it is happening in the very near future. Makes sense to me since Tegna neglects the station, compared to Belo. Also makes sense WFAA/Tegna isn’t announcing this. This is a big blow to that neighborhood and the station. Anyone have more info?
  18. The past five years or so KMIZ has had the edge, though the tides may be slowly turning back in KOMU’s favor from what I hear. KOMU hasn’t been on Dish network for over a year though, so that doesn’t help. I also think it depends if you ask Nielsen or Comscore. I still think most would still consider KOMU the legacy station in the market though. They have far and away the biggest digital following, if that means anything. KMIZ May win newscasts, but I would not call them the far and away dominant news source. It’s fairly competitive.
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