Local News

March 27, 2015

TV station wishes woman happy 1,000th birthday

A lower third with an errant number that made a woman reach an epic age caught the eye of one “Tonight Show” viewer. WTVH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., featured a feel-good story about a local woman turning 100. The problem is the lower third made her 10 times as old. 1,000 years old to be […]

March 27, 2015

NYC station does morning news sans lights

What do you do when you’re four minutes to air and there are no lights in the studio? Improvise. And use Twitter to tease your broadcast. WPIX-TV, the CW affiliate in New York City, had a power issue this morning in its studio that caused the studio lighting to go out. Anchor Lisa Mateo tweed […]

March 25, 2015

Devlin tours Omaha train-to-TV-station renovation progress

Set design firm Devlin Design Group paid a visit to the Burlington Station in Omaha, checking up on the progress of turning an 80-year-old building into a state-of-the-art television station for KETV-TV. Devlin was hired by the Hearst ABC affiliate to help create the station’s new news production facilities. In the photo above, Dan Devlin, […]

March 20, 2015

‘The Journey’ delivers impact with over 100 stations airing

Created to commemorate Black History Month, “The Journey – 450 Years of the African-American Experience” was aired by over 100 stations across the country. Produced Mummy Cat Productions and Sam2, a joint venture between Stephen Arnold Music and Gordon Smith Creative, “Journey” scored ratings success in many markets. “The response to ‘Journey’ exceeded our expectations,” says Gordon […]

March 19, 2015

Prince Charles thinks reporter’s live iPhone stream is ‘amazing’

While the use of an iPhone for news coverage over clunky news cameras is becoming increasingly commonplace, apparently it’s still enough to wow the Prince of England. During his visit to the Lincoln Memorial, Britain’s Prince Charles spotted a reporter from WTTG-TV, the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C., using an iPhone to capture the scene. […]

March 19, 2015

NewscastStudio kicks off Set of the Year awards

NewscastStudio, the premier resource for television news set design, has announced a complete overhaul to its annual Set of the Year awards, including several new features for 2015. The website, which has awarded this honor for the past five years, will keep its popular fan voting component but also add a judging panel of television industry […]

March 17, 2015

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batcam!

Poor Stephanie Guadian. The El Paso, Texas, morning anchor at KFOX-TV had to deal with the worst kind of studio guest (and, no we don’t mean Laura Ingram) — a bat. The mystery guest fluttered around the studio (bat cave?) for a good portion of the newscast before finally being released outside. The station also had a […]

March 16, 2015

While one city freezes, another will have no temperature, says L.A. weather map

KABC-TV, ABC’s O&O in Los Angeles, had a bit of an interesting forecast — according to its map, most of the area would be in the 60s and 70s, but one poor city would be shivering away at -176. You gotta feel for the poor folks of Ojai — but what about the residents of […]

March 13, 2015

Column: Success in television takes confidence and good client service

I often think about the qualities that make someone successful working in television, especially when paired with young production assistants who want to learn about the business. Talent for a particular craft, perhaps networking skills, a strong work ethic, or a deep knowledge of gear, techniques, and equipment must factor into the complex equation. However […]

March 13, 2015

Roanoke station eyes new location, producing its own news

WWCW-TV and WFXR-TV, which serves as the Fox affiliate in the Roanoke, Va. market, has announced it will move to a new building and begin producing its own newscasts. The station’s newscasts, which currently air in the mornings and at 10 p.m., are currently produced out of the studios of NBC affiliate WSLS-TV. The new […]