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ETA: This is a fine idea. So fine, it deserves sticky status! -- Sammy


I've started this thread as a master HD news thread... instead of starting a new thread every time a station launches an HD newscast, why not pile all things regarding HD local news into one thread?


Here's a list of stations with news in HD, this will be continuously updated. If there are any errors in this list (I'm sure there are), please let me know. This list is in order by DMA rank (2009-2010 rankings) and the order each station debuted news in HD...


This list is out-of-date. The following stations are confirmed to have HD newscasts. Due to HD launches becoming more frequent and common, it has become difficult to maintain a master list. More stations in each market may have launched HD newscasts since last updated.


Stations with news in HD



3 Chicago(a): WLS, WMAQ, WGN, WBBM, WFLD

4 Philadelphia(a): WPVI, WTXF, KYW, WFMZ (Allentown), WCAU

5 Dallas/Ft. Worth(a): WFAA, KXAS, KTVT/KTXA, KDFW, KDAF

6 San Francisco: KTVU, KGO, KPIX/KBCW, KNTV


8 Atlanta(a): WXIA/WATL, WSB, WGCL, WAGA

9 Washington, DC(a): WUSA, WJLA, WTTG, WRC

10 Houston(a): KHOU, KTRK, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH

11 Detroit(a): WXYZ, WDIV, WJBK

12 Phoenix(a): KPNX, KTVK, KNXV, KPHO, KSAZ


14 Tampa-St. Petersburg(a): WFTS, WFLA, WTSP, WTVT

15 Minneapolis/St.Paul(a): KARE, KMSP, WCCO, KSTP



18 Cleveland(a): WKYC, WJW, WEWS, WOIO/WUAB


20 Sacramento(a): KCRA/KQCA, KOVR, KXTV, KTXL

21 St. Louis(a): KSDK, KMOV, KTVI/KPLR

22 Portland: KGW/KRCW, KATU, KOIN

23 Pittsburgh(a): WPXI, WTAE, KDKA

24 Charlotte: WSOC/WAXN, WCCB, WBTV

25 Indianapolis(a): WTHR, WISH/WNDY, WRTV, WXIN

26 Raleigh/Durham: WRAL/WRAZ, WTVD

27 Baltimore: WBFF, WBAL, WJZ

28 San Diego: KFMB, KSWB, KGTV, KUSI

29 Nashville: WTVF, WSMV

30 Hartford/New Haven: WVIT, WTIC/WTXX

31 Salt Lake City: KSL, KUTV/KJZZ, KTVX

32 Kansas City: KMBC/KCWE, KSHB, KCTV

33 Cincinnati: WCPO, WXIX, WKRC

34 Columbus(a): WBNS, WCMH, WSYX/WTTE

35 Milwaukee: WTMJ, WITI

36 Greenville/Spartanburg: WSPA, WLOS/WMYA

37 San Antonio: KENS, WOAI

38 West Palm Beach: WPTV, WPEC/WFLX

40 Birmingham: WVTM, WBRC, WIAT

41 Grand Rapids: WXMI

42 Las Vegas: KLAS, KSNV, KTNV

43 Norfolk: WAVY/WVBT, WTKR

44 Albuquerque/Santa Fe: KRQE/KASA

45 Oklahoma City: KFOR, KETA (OETA-statewide)

46 Greensboro/Winston-Salem: WGHP

47 Jacksonville(a): WJXT, WTEV/WAWS, WTLV/WJXX

48 Austin: KEYE, KVUE, KXAN

49 Louisville: WAVE, WDRB

50 Memphis: WMC, WHBQ, WREG

51 New Orleans: WVUE, WGNO

55 Fresno: KFSN, KMPH

57 Albany: WRGB/WCWN

58 Richmond: WWBT, WTVR

60 Mobile/Pensacola: WEAR

61 Tulsa: KJRH

62 Lexington(a): WKYT/WDKY, WLEX, WTVQ

64 Ft. Myers: WINK, WBBH/WZVN

66 Tucson: KVOA, KOLD

67 Roanoke/Lynchburg: WSLS, WDBJ

69 Wichita: KWCH

71 Honolulu: KHNL/KFVE/KGMB

72 Des Moines: WHO

73 Toledo: WTVG

74 Springfield: KYTV/KSPR

75 Spokane: KXLY, KHQ

76 Omaha: WOWT

80 Rochester: WHAM

84 Springfield/Decatur: WAND

85 Madison: WISC

86 Chattanooga: WDEF

87 Brownsville/Harlingen: KVEO, KRGV

90 Jackson: WDBD

91 South Bend: WSBT, WNDU

92 Colorado Springs: KRDO

93 Bristol/Johnson City: WCYB/WEMT

94 Burlington/Plattsburgh: WFFF/WVNY, WCAX

95 Baton Rouge: WAFB, WBRZ

96 Savannah: WJCL/WTGS

97 Charleston: WCSC

98 El Paso: KTSM, KVIA, KDBC

103 Greenville/New Bern: WCTI/WFXI/WYDO

104 Florence/Myrtle Beach: WMBF

105 Lincoln: KOLN/KGIN

106 Tallahassee: WTXL, WCTV

108 Reno: KRNV

109 Tyler/Longview: KYTX

110 Youngstown: WKBN/WYFX/WYTV

118 Montgomery: WSFA

119 Eugene: KEZI

124 Monterey/Salinas: KION/KCBA

128 Columbus: WLTZ

132 Wilmington: WECT/WSFX

133 Tupelo/Columbus: WTVA

134 Rockford: WIFR

137 Columbia/Jefferson City: KOMU

141 Beaumont/Port Arthur: KBMT

142 Palm Springs: KESQ

144 Salisbury/Dover: WBOC

147 Joplin/Pittsburg: KSNF/KODE

159 Wheeling/Steubenville: WTOV

161 Sherman: KXII

162 Idaho Falls/Pocatello: KIFI

183 Charlottesville: WVIR

184 Grand Junction: KJCT, KREX

189 Bend: KOHD, KTVZ

196 Casper: KTWO


(a)All local news operations in HD. Excludes foreign-language stations.


Stations with news in 16:9 SD

6 San Francisco: KRON

13 Seattle: KOMO

22 Portland: KPTV

24 Charlotte: WCNC

36 Greenville/Spartanburg: WYFF

37 San Antonio: KSAT

30 Hartford/New Haven: WTNH/WCTX

41 Grand Rapids: WZZM

43 Norfolk: WVEC

49 Louisville: WHAS

51 New Orleans: WWL, WDSU

52 Buffalo: WGRZ

54 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: WNEP

65 Dayton: WHIO

72 Des Moines: KCCI

76 Omaha: KMTV

81 Huntsville: WHNT

82 Shreveport: KTBS

88 Cedar Rapids: KWWL

98 El Paso: KFOX

101 Johnstown: WJAC

104 Florence/Myrtle Beach: WBTW/WFXB

112 Boise: KTVB

132 Wilmington: WWAY

139 Duluth: KBJR/KDLH

151 Panama City: WJHG


Defunct HD newscasts

2 Los Angeles: KDOC (10/2008), KCOP (11/2008, replaced with KTTV news)

108 Reno: KREN/KAZR (3/2008)




Your info will go under "HD soon" if it has been confirmed on-air or in a press release/article from a reliable source. If it's just a rumor or a case where "I talked to someone from the station and they said this," it will obviously go under "rumor mill." Anything from the "rumor mill" section must be taken with a grain of salt and may or may not be fact until proven otherwise. Rumor mill claims such as "WXXX added HD pillars so they might be going HD soon" do not count.

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...and didn't KOMO have the world's first local HD newscast? WRAL was just the first station to broadcast an HD program.


KOMO's news is in widescreen SD.


WRAL was the first station to broadcast a digital signal with an experimental license in 1996, but didn't sign on WRAL-DT until later (I think).


WFAA was the first station to sign on with a digital channel that's still on today (WFAA-DT).


WRAL was the first station to do a local HD newscast in 2000.

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KOMO's news is in widescreen SD.


Are you sure of that? When I looked up KOMO-TV in Wikipedia, it stated that they were producing the news in HD, and when I went to the KOMO website and checked their TV listings, they also indicated the newscast was in HD. I think you may be talking about KIRO, which produces its news in 16:9 SD.

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KOMO's news is in widescreen SD.


Are you sure of that?


I'm actually not... I've heard that WRAL, KOMO, and WFAA were the first to do HD news. WRAL has claimed it on their website (October 2000), but I've also seen claims that KOMO is just widescreen SD.


From Wikipedia...


* KING 5 is the only station in the Seattle area broadcasting news in High Definition.


(There is confusion surrounding a claim from rival KOMO-TV which says it "became the first TV station in the world to broadcast daily local news in Digital High Definition." KOMO does not currently broadcast news in HD, although it experimented with HD news in 1999. The technology to broadcast news in HD had not been fully developed and KOMO news in HD was scrapped. KING is the only Seattle TV station airing HD news, although KOMO currently airs newscasts in 16x9 (widescreen) standard definition giving the appearance of High Definition. Additionally, this statement from KOMO also comes into conflict with claims from WFAA-TV (sister station of KING 5) which says it became the first TV station to broadcast its newscasts in HDTV in 1997, although WFAA now says it became the first Dallas TV station to regularly broadcast its news in HD in Feb. 2007.)


I'm getting that...


-KOMO was the first station to do a local newscast in HD in 1999, but decided to go to widescreen SD.

-WRAL did an HD newscast in October 2000, but was the first station to do all local newscasts, every day, in HD in January 2001.

-WFAA: ???

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I realize that the KING Wikipedia article makes the claim that they are the only Seattle station broadcasting in HD but when I checked the KOMO website, they list their newscasts as being in HD. Here's an example:

04:00p-05:00p KOMO 4 News (HDTV)

05:00p-05:30p KOMO 4 News (HDTV)

05:30p-06:00p ABC World News with Charles Gibson - Network News

06:00p-07:00p KOMO 4 News (HDTV)


When I checked KIRO's website, they don't list their newscasts as being in HD, which is consistent with their Wikipedia article's claim they broadcast in 16:9 widescreen. I don' think KOMO would advertise their newscasts as HD on their web site if they weren't.


After all, it's not like the Wikipedia hasn't been found incorrect or had disinformation placed in it before.

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I realize that the KING Wikipedia article makes the claim that they are the only Seattle station broadcasting in HD but when I checked the KOMO website, they list their newscasts as being in HD.


Well, everything on TBS-HD is listed as HD in my on-screen programming guide, but I can assure you that there hasn't been a shred of high definition programming on that channel since the NLCS ended a few weeks ago. KOTV's newscasts are also listed as "HD" on TitanTV.com's listings, but I don't think they have ever been in HD. Just like Wikipedia, don't always believe what you read in those TV listings pages.


There was an article somewhere online that quoted an engineer at KOMO as saying they only have a standard-definiton switcher in the production control room, so if that's the case, it is impossible for them to broadcast anything but standard definition. Finally, take a look at this screen shot that pretty much proves it's in 16:9 SD: http://www.feldoncentral.com/hdtv/KOMO/index.php?action=image&filename=komo.jpg. Sure, it looks good...but it's still SD.

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Apparently WTWO/WFXW in HD will be coming soon. According to the November 2007 WTWO Newsletter, WFXW will be first to go HD by the time the 08 Superbowl rolls around, then WTWO will follow shortly. Here's the letter:


Football fans rejoice!

We’ve gotten your voicemails, your

emails, your snailmails and every

other possible kind of mail you could

send us.

Your message has been loud and

clear, “WE WANT HD!”. And we

want you to know that your prayers

and pleas have been answered.

We are beginning the first stages

of our HD rollout as you read this.

It’s a multi-million-dollar project

that involves extra space & bracing

for our tower, and tons of extra

equipment in our building.

You’ll see your first all-digital HD

signal from our sister station,

WFXW, just in time for the 2008

Su p e r b owl .

WTWO will

follow close


So if you

h a v e n ’ t

already, put a

new TV on your Christmas list.

But for those of you still on

rabbit ears, fear not. We

will not turn off our

analog signal until

F e b u a r y



I surely thought WTHI would be first.

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It will be interestng to see when this thread's title gets changed to "Stations who still don't have news in HD". As an interesting note, what would be the biggest station without news in HD?


Like, DMA-wise?


I guess WNYW...


For big 3s, KNBC.


I think it'll be a few years before 75% of local newscasts are in HD.

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WTSP updated their set earlier this week and it looks like they may be ready to go HD but I'm not sure.


WCMH in Columbus upgraded their set last month with a new desk and weather center. But no word on when they'll make the switch.

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Milwaukee stations with news programming:

WTMJ-4 (NBC): Broadcasting NBC programming in HD, but no syndicated or locally originated HD programming. Will "make great strides towards" HD news by February 2009

WITI-6 (FOX): Broadcasting FOX programming in HD, but no syndicated or locally originated HD programming. No plans to take news HD, widescreen, or anything due to the station being for sale

WISN-12 (ABC): Broadcasting ABC programming in HD, but no syndicated HD programming. Has broadcast the "Big Bang" fireworks in HD for the last two years (with the assistance of WMVS/WMVT). No other locally originated HD programming. Will roll out HD news in February 2009

WDJT-58 (CBS): Broadcasting CBS programming in HD, but no syndicated or locally originated HD programming. Will work towards HD news "in the next year or two"


Milwaukee stations without news programming:

WMVS/WMVT (PBS): Broadcasting one station of mostly HD programming. Most if not all locally created programming is HD, and has worked with WISN-12 in the past to create HD programming for them.

WMVT-18 (CW): Broadcasting CW programming in HD, but no syndicated or locally originated HD programming.

WCGV-24 (MyNetworkTV): Broadcasting MyNetworkTV programming in HD, but no syndicated or locally originated HD programming.


Everyone else is broadcasting in digital, standard definition.

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That open sucked...the "NEWS CENTER" didn't make a whole lot of sense seeing as it wasn't even in the v/o. No music either....


I don't think it sucked, it's just kinda weird... and there is music, you can barely hear it. It certainly beats the old MG open.

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