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April 18, 2014

Opening ‘Today’ segment shows awkward blocking

Shortly after the debut of the new Studio 1A, we noted that a jib appeared behind anchor Matt Lauer in the “Today Show” opening segment — one of the downsides of the show’s shift to no longer using the corner windows as its main background from home base. This morning “Today” viewers were treated to […]

April 17, 2014

Louisville station gets the party started with promo

WDRB-TV, the Fox station in Louisville, is airing a wild 30-second promo titled “Mornings in Motion” that features the station’s morning crew partying it up on screen. The promo, which is shot against a white backdrop and includes sketch-style animated overlayed to accentuate the onscreen action, drives home the “motion” point with plenty of dancing […]

April 17, 2014

Portland station to move

Portland’s ABC affiliate has announced plans for a new facility. The station, which currently has offices in the Time and Temperature Building in downtown Portland and broadcast operations in nearby Auburn, aims to move to a new building that may allow all of its operations to be housed under one roof. The station’s owner, Hearst […]

April 17, 2014

Own CNN’s Office Max desk today!

NewscastStudio can now confirm “CNN Tonight” is using a desk that can be purchased from Office Max. Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Office Max. Part of the Brenton Studio Merido Collection, the desk has a 4.8 star review. Maybe we’ll see a good review of it for TV news use? You can own the same desk CNN […]

April 16, 2014

First look at new Sinclair Broadcast Group graphics package

We’ve received a first look at the new Sinclair Broadcast Group graphics package, set to debut in a few weeks. The new graphics combine footage of the city with some circular glassy elements. Here’s a few of the nightside open: New music is expected to debut with the new graphics. Stay tuned…

April 16, 2014

CNN L3 proclaims Titanic sinking ‘breaking news’

CNN has come under heavy criticism lately for its “smotherage” of stories such as the “poop cruise” and missing jet — but here’s a new one — redefining breaking news as a story that’s 102 years old. The network aired a lower third banner covering the fact that the Titanic sank 102 years ago today […]

April 16, 2014

Cincinnati Fox debuts new set from FX Design Group

WXIX-TV, the Raycom Fox affiliate serving Cincinnati, debuted a new set from FX Design Group. The design includes a unique copper color palette and a mix of modern technology, with the goal of creating a warm and inviting environment. “WXIX-TV wanted a contemporary and versatile set,” said Stephen Ricker, Set Designer with FX Design Group. […]

April 16, 2014

‘Today’ graphic a study in why contrast is key to readability

Someone at “Today” apparently missed the lecture about contrast in design school. This morning, during a segment about the best and worst jobs, the show aired the fullscreen graphic above. However, the choice of black text against the blue background made the text very difficult to read — in some cases more difficult than others […]

April 16, 2014

Miami station’s Viagra ice cream OTS ‘best TV graphic ever’

The Web is abuzz with what some are calling the best TV news graphic ever. WPLG-TV, the Post-Newsweek ABC affiliate in Miami, aired a story about Viagra flavored ice cream (yes, apparently that exists). The station opted to pair the story with the epic OTS graphic — an upside-down ice cream cone perched atop two […]

April 16, 2014

Journal Broadcast Group rolls out new Web design

Journal Broadcast Group debuted a new website design at some of its stations this week; including WTMJ-TV, KTNV-TV and WFTX‑TV. The new look uses responsive web design, allowing it to adapt to any screen resolution. The design also includes a fixed header, so access to more news is always a click away. The homepage includes an […]