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11 hours ago, brb588 said:

Why couldn't they just do a reformulated newsroom set?

 

They could open things back up again (which wouldn’t be a bad idea), so I wouldn’t bet against that being a possibility. Just have to look for tell-tale signs in the newsroom (new paint, etc..) to see ‘if’ that’s the plan.

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Guessing game is over... They’re back in place. No major work done other than replacing the previous video wall/panels with a larger, seamless video screen. Nothing more. Still using old desk and live video camera feed (which has always looked bad).  

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1 minute ago, Spring Rubber said:

Well, I guess it's the most bland thing that could have come out of this.

NBC must of bought in bulk.  Stations are getting these midlife refreshes. Some vary from small walls like at WRC and in the Wx center at WTVJ to huge installations at KXAS where they got a large wall behind the desk and a larger one on one wall (that didn’t have any displays). 

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12 hours ago, Spring Rubber said:

Well, I guess it's the most bland thing that could have come out of this.

 

They could have at least made everything match (there's wood, two different shades of blue, etc...). Having a cohesive look wouldn't have broken the bank.  

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Mike Lorber and his Sky 5 helicopter has been grounded since last month after its partner USTN shuts down in November. the station has announced that they finalized an new agreement with its new partner Total Traffic and Weather Network once Mike and his helicopter will return.

 

https://www.robertfeder.com/2019/01/25/robservations-cbs-2-alums-sudberry-baskerville-team-podcast/

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1 hour ago, LinCruzNYC2014 said:

Mike Lorber and his Sky 5 helicopter has been grounded since last month after its partner USTN shuts down in November. the station has announced that they finalized an new agreement with its new partner Total Traffic and Weather Network once Mike and his helicopter will return.

 

https://www.robertfeder.com/2019/01/25/robservations-cbs-2-alums-sudberry-baskerville-team-podcast/

Sky 5 has been flying according to their website.  Some stations use a reporter hired by the helicopter company and some outsource morning traffic helicopter reports to a third party who may have their own bird. Was Mike Lorber on all day or just one daypart?

 

The helicopter inn their promos N5QY is registered to Hellinc - Helicopters Inc of Linden, NJ.

 

Edit: Looks like Lorber flew in the Sky 5 seen in promos. 

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Lauren Stauffer will be promoted as Managing Editor for channel 5's newscasts effective March 11. She is replacing Richard Maginn of which he will step down on March 10. Stauffer was working as the EP at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C. since 2013.

 

https://www.robertfeder.com/2019/02/01/robservations-bobby-moynihan-wont-live-saturday-night/

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Station's VP of News Frank Whittaker was mentioned by Robert Feder in a story related to last Friday's shooting in Aurora when all television stations in the city has responded with wall-to-wall coverage:

 

https://www.robertfeder.com/2019/02/18/robservations-amy-guth-host-daily-podcast-crains/

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A few months after the fact, but I know this is the first time I've seen the full expanse (and bottom) of the new video wall. I'm no expert, but it seems unnecessarily huge. Considering how they use it, does it have to be so tall and wide, or does it just come that way? The black on top and bottom makes it look almost temporary, disjointed from the rest of the set.

 

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I don't think whatever type of video screen/wall that is that its the correct (or ideal) type they should be using in that space/for that purpose. Yes, it's way too big and they shouldn't have any lights shining directly on it. They would have been better off gutting the space and building a new set period. 

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14 hours ago, rkolsen said:

I’m guessing they probably wanted to keep a 16:9 aspect ratio and a smaller version would not fill the area the previous monitors filled.

 

One would assume they could find something that would work in the available space. This video wall just doesn't fit. The entire set has turned into a hodgepodge of stuff with no cohesive look. It's embarrassing.   

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A smaller wall with carpentry around it to make it blend into the set the way the old "window wall" did probably would have cost just as much as this massive wall.

 

LED tiles are only getting cheaper, and labor to design and build set pieces (especially in Chicago) is not.

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14 hours ago, Weeters said:

A smaller wall with carpentry around it to make it blend into the set the way the old "window wall" did probably would have cost just as much as this massive wall.

 

LED tiles are only getting cheaper, and labor to design and build set pieces (especially in Chicago) is not.

Why is Chicago so expensive? Is there some city ordinance where union shops must be used or all the places are union?

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It's not exactly a law, but if you have a contract with labor unions and you try to go outside of the proper union to get work done, you're might end up with most (if not all) of your union employees not at their desks, picketing outside.

 

NABET has a national contract with NBCU that covers a lot of engineering/production/technical jobs. However you also have IATSE's various chapters doing various things across the country. You might have a NABET camera operator and a IATSE lighting technician and a carpenter from a completely different IATSE chapter that's focused on scenic. Chicago has at least 8 separate IATSE chapters (Locals 2, 110, 476, 750, 762, 769, 780, and B46.)

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Weeters said:

It's not exactly a law, but if you have a contract with labor unions and you try to go outside of the proper union to get work done, you're might end up with most (if not all) of your union employees not at their desks, picketing outside.

 

NABET has a national contract with NBCU that covers a lot of engineering/production/technical jobs. However you also have IATSE's various chapters doing various things across the country. You might have a NABET camera operator and a IATSE lighting technician and a carpenter from a completely different IATSE chapter that's focused on scenic. Chicago has at least 8 separate IATSE chapters (Locals 2, 110, 476, 750, 762, 769, 780, and B46.)

 

 

 

DGA (Director's Guild of America) is another one that represents control room directors at top market stations and at the network level too. And while it's not broadcast specific, a handful of stations' employees are represented by IBEW, too.

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Just when you thought the era of nepotism in Chicago TV was simmering down, I just discovered that NBC 5 has hired a new, web-only (for now) meteorologist in the last several months. His name is Joey MILLER. Like father, like son.

 

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-weather-snapshot-showers-storms_Chicago-508907222.html

 

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9 hours ago, 24994J said:

Just when you thought the era of nepotism in Chicago TV was simmering down, I just discovered that NBC 5 has hired a new, web-only (for now) meteorologist in the last several months. His name is Joey MILLER. Like father, like son.

 

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-weather-snapshot-showers-storms_Chicago-508907222.html

 

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What the heck is with the horrid lighting and the junk over in the lower right corner? Did they hang a green curtain inside of a storage closet? Is he recording this from his own home?

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3 minutes ago, Spring Rubber said:

What the heck is with the horrid lighting and the junk over in the lower right corner? Did they hang a green curtain inside of a storage closet? Is he recording this from his own home?

 

I know, right? Maybe. Possibly. Such an odd arrangement.

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