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October 29, 2014

CNN beta site goes live, then goes offline

CNN has quietly made what appears to be a beta version of a new website live. The site, which is located at http://beta.next.cnn.com, features a cleaner, typography heavy design. In August 2013, CNN.com announced plans to overhaul its website and showcased previews that included moving the network logo to a red square and adding dark blue […]

October 29, 2014

CNN plans ‘My Magic Wall’ app

CNN will back its election coverage with a new online Web app for its famous “Magic Wall” as well as virtual visualizations of the U.S. House and Senate chambers. This “My Magic Wall,” application, developed by Microsoft, enables viewers to engage with the network’s coverage while exploring data and projections in real-time with 3D data visualizations […]

October 29, 2014

CNN to utilize Empire State Building spire for election coverage

CNN plans to use the spire of the Empire State Building as an electronic graph measuring the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. The network announced its plans in a statement: As the Senate results are projected and allocated to candidates, a vertical LED illuminated “meter” located atop the spire of the building will […]

October 28, 2014

‘Daily Show’ broadcasts from Austin

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is on the road this week, broadcasting from the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas. For the shows “Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess” coverage of the elections, “The Daily Show” went very Texas, working with designer Jack Morton PDG and fabricator blackwalnut. The set includes many patriotic decorations, two RP […]

October 28, 2014

‘Wolf’ moves to Capitol view set

CNN Commentary recently noted that Wolf Blitzer’s self-titled afternoon show recently moved to the Capitol view set at CNN’s Washington Bureau. “Wolf” previously broadcasted from Studio A&B, home to “The Situation Room” and “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” The exact reason for the move is unknown, as Studio A&B is capable of producing multiple shows […]

October 22, 2014

CNN takes over Jacksonville station for ‘Debate Night’

WJXT-TV transformed its morning show set, located in Studio B, into a debate stage for Tuesday nights Florida gubernatorial debate. The changes include new graphic panels on the set and logos for both CNN and WJXT-TV. CNN’s “election stars” were added to create a border around the bottom. CNN also brought along its debate podiums, […]

October 21, 2014

CNN readies ‘Election Center’

CNN has updated its Washington, D.C. studios for the upcoming November general election. The “CNN Election Center” is back, as large letters have been placed above the RP screen, where CNN Washington usually appears. Stars have been added around the sets header, with the large cube-blocks returning as well. Overall, CNN appears to be reusing […]

October 13, 2014

CNBC debuts new graphics package

CNBC unveiled a new dayside graphics package today, giving the network a sharper look. “The powerful redesign features an engaging and improved way to deliver the important content and data CNBC viewers want,” said Jennifer Dauble of CNBC. The new look includes: Bug Stack – new look features a bug stack on the lower right Real-Time […]

October 13, 2014

‘There will be Helvetica to pay’ after CNN typo

Several sharp-eyed CNN viewers noticed an interesting typo on a CNN lower third regarding ISIS — a missing letter “R” that changed the word “front” to “font.” Of course, the inevitable font jokes quickly followed. Twitter user @shawnjvandiver tweeted: #ISIS has declared war on comic sans and calibri” as well as these gems:

October 10, 2014

Find out which CNN anchor you are in online quiz

Are you a little bit Carol Costello? Or maybe a little bit Sanjay Gupta? Well, CNN is giving you the chance to find out with a new online quiz. Take the quiz here, which conveniently provides three matches based on “how you report,” “how you spend free time” and “how you eat” along with — will […]