Local News

December 18, 2014

San Antonio station moving to new home

Sinclair‘s WOAI-TV in San Antonio is prepping to say goodbye to its home of 65 years and move in with its sister stations. The station, which was the market’s first, is leaving downtown for the headquarters KABB-TV, the city’s Fox affiliate, on the northwest side of the city. That building has been recently renovated and includes […]

December 18, 2014

Chicago sportscaster apologizes for ‘cut your wrists’ OTS

Chicago sports anchor Mark Giangreco, during a analysis piece on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, appeared next to a graphic reading “Cut him or cut your wrists.” Viewers of WLS-TV, the ABC O&O in the third largest market, didn’t take kindly to the thinly veiled reference to suicide and flooded the station with complaints. “My […]

December 16, 2014

San Francisco station broadcasts from new location

KRON-TV began broadcasting from its new location on Monday, sharing a building with competing station KGO-TV at the ABC Broadcast Center. The renovated space at 900 Front Street is just blocks from the San Francisco Bay and includes a new newsroom, control room and studio. While far from its glory days of an Emmy Award winning two […]

December 11, 2014

Des Moines station rebranding

Nexstar‘s WOI-TV has announced it will rebrand come Jan. 5. The Des Moines ABC affiliate is dumping its “ABC5 News” moniker in favor of “Local 5 News” and “We Are Iowa.” Nexstar also says it will invest in remodeling and updates to the station and offer “innovative local news programming with a specialized focus on […]

December 10, 2014

Indianapolis NBC debuts new look

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s WTHR-TV debuted a new set design and graphics package on Tuesday. Working with Clickspring Design and fabricator blackwalnut, the Indianapolis NBC affiliate now has a network level home. Dark wood, brushed metal and backlit elements anchor the design style, which also includes a fair amount of technology. A flexible anchor desk that features a floating backlit […]

December 10, 2014

Charleston station ‘MacGyvers’ forecast after computer crash

A Charleston station used some quick thinking and low tech materials to save its weather forecast. Down at WCIV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C., a computer glitch caused the station’s weather system to go offline before Dave Williams‘ forecast. Left with no other options, anchor Dean Stevens scratched out a five day board on the […]

December 10, 2014

Industry Insights: How often to update your TV news set design?

With November sweeps in the books, it’s time to start thinking ahead for 2015 and beyond. At NewscastStudio, we often hear the same questions from general managers, news directors and creative service professionals. In that spirit, we’ve created our first Industry Roundtable. Over the next few weeks, multiple industry professionals will weigh in on the biggest […]

December 5, 2014

Kentucky station reports prison break with John Wayne mug

WDKY-TV, the Fox affiliate in Lexington, Ken., resurrected a Hollywood legend who died over three decades ago and “accused” him of breaking out of a local prison. The station was covering the prison break and intended to show viewers the headshots of two prisoners accused of being involved in the alleged plot. However, the station ended […]

December 3, 2014

NBC O&Os redesign apps

NBC O&Os in key markets have pushed out an update to its iOS apps that includes a redesign. The new look uses a simplified light gray and white design that divides individual headlines into horizontal bars. A header includes the current weather conditions and access to a menu for additional content. In addition, the app […]

December 2, 2014

Baton Rouge ABC debuts sleek set

WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge, La., debuted a new set from Devlin Design Group on November 17. “This is one of the most innovative sets for news at a local station anywhere in the country,” said Rocky Daboval, WBRZ-TV GM. “For decades, news sets have served as mere backgrounds for anchors and others […]