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March 24, 2015

RFD-TV set draws inspiration from farm, ranch architecture

Digital cable network RFD-TV debuted a new set that incorporates nods to rural architecture while still packing a newsy look. The set, located in Nashville, was designed by Jim Fenhagen and Camille Connolly of Jack Morton PDG under the direction of Gary Kanofsky and features a five-person anchor and panel area as well as multiple other venues. Showman Fabricators built the set and […]

March 17, 2015

CNN Philippines launches

CNN launched CNN Philippines earlier this week from studios in Manila, using a set and graphics with many elements borrowed from its U.S. counterpart. The mostly English-language channel is a partnership of Turner Broadcasting‘s CNN International unit and the Philippines’ Nine Media Corporation. The main studio used by the channel is a smaller space with a large […]

March 13, 2015

MSNBC ‘recreates’ gator habitat on set

After a giant alligator wandered onto a golf course in Florida, MSNBC‘s Jose Diaz-Balart had an actually gator in studio — complete with a backdrop to make the little guy feel at home. Ron Magill, the communications director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park, joined Diaz-Balart in his Miami studio with a much smaller alligator he brought along. During the […]

March 11, 2015

Bloomberg Photoshops Hillary Clinton photo for promo

Bloomberg Politics has apologized for digital merging two photos of Hillary Clinton in a promotional image. The network sent out the image shown above to promote its coverage of Clinton’s press conference Tuesday. That’s when social media users began pointing out something didn’t quite look right with the image. With a little digging it was […]

March 9, 2015

ESPN debuts new Studio F in former home of ‘SportsCenter’

The former home of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” Studio F in Digital Center 1, has a new set design that will serve multiple sports properties. The studio will primarily serve as a “wrap” studio, where content is produced for airing before, during and after events in which highlights and analysis are provided. “The new Studio F was designed […]

March 6, 2015

CNN exec open to idea of ads in ticker

Ticker, zipper, flipper. Call it what you want: But that bottom line of text on CNN‘s screen may soon have a new role that goes straight to the network’s own bottom line — seller. Katrina Cukaj, CNN’s executive vice president of ad sales, recently told Variety that she “could potentially” put an advertiser’s logo in a financial […]

March 5, 2015

What does someone have to do to get a mug around here?

Poor John Berman. The under-appreciated CNN anchor can’t even get a coffee mug with his show’s name on it. Berman, who has been with “Early Start” for much of its turbulent time on air and currently helms the show with Christine Romans, noticed CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter show off his show’s new “Reliable Sources” coffee mugs on […]

March 2, 2015

Thomas Roberts debuts on MSNBC dayside

With a mix of headlines, social media and Steadicam shots, “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts” debuted today. Using an upbeat format with quick changes and less talking heads discussing politics, the show feels like an MSNBC program from a different era. The show actually flowed from one story to another, instead of drowning in debate […]

February 27, 2015

CNN Heroes banner runs under Don Lemon, llama

As if Don Lemon “interviewing” a llama wasn’t weird enough, a screen grab from the segment with a CNN Heroes banner under him and his furry pal is circulating online. The banner, which was left on screen just a bit too long, encouraged viewers to “nominate a hero” and its positioning under Lemon standing next […]

February 27, 2015

Don Lemon interviews a llama on ‘Llama Cam’

TV journalists sure scored some big exclusives this week. First a South Carolina station interviewed a fictional cartoon character for a “news” story — and now CNN‘s Don Lemon has interviewed a llama. In case you were completely oblivious yesterday (not that we would blame you), the Internet freaked out about two big “stories” Thursday […]