Networks

April 23, 2014

‘Tagesschau’ debuts new minimal studio

German newscast “Tagesschau” debuted a sleek new set and graphics package this week. Produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) for public broadcaster ARD, the new project represents a significant upgrade of both facilities and presentation. The 23.8 million Euro project was a complete overhaul for “Tagesschau,” and is expected to last at least 10 years on air. […]

April 22, 2014

Al Roker ‘magically’ turns ‘Today’ logo green

“Today” kicked off the annual “Green is Universal” week this morning by having weatherman Al Roker “magically” turn the show’s logo bug green. During Roker’s weather segment, the orange “Today” logo seamlessly transitioned to green — complete with a sound effect. “Every time it changes, an angel gets its wings,” joked Roker. Most NBC properties […]

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 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 15, 2014

‘CBS This Morning’ map moves Omaha to Kansas

“CBS This Morning,” despite its highbrow newsiness, isn’t immune to geography gaffes on maps. The network aired the map above during its coverage of an airplane that was diverted after an unruly passenger tried to open a cabin door. That flight was sent to Omaha, Nebraska, a fact that CBS attempted to illustrate in a […]

April 9, 2014

First look at NBC Los Angeles Bureau

NBC News is now fully operational in Los Angeles, after its move from Burbank. While KNBC-TV has been up and running since February, NBC News recently began use of two studios in the complex, designed by Clickspring Design. One studio connects with the newsroom and has the traditional NBC News Los Angeles signage in the […]

April 6, 2014

Vizrt announces product updates at NAB

Vizrt introduced several new products and workflows at NAB, here’s a recap from their press conference, including a full video. Viz Mosart was the first topic of the press conference with Vizrt CTO Petter Ole Jakobsen talking about the reasons for the Mosart acquisition and how Vizrt and Mosart tools are coming together. Knut Alfred […]

March 27, 2014

NBCNews.com adds feedback tab

After NBCNews.com rolled out a new look in February, which was met with vocal negative response as well as a quieter praise, the network has added a “Feedback” tab to its page. The tab, which is located on the right side of the page and remains visible even as users scroll down, opens another window […]

March 25, 2014

‘Meet the Press’ set serves as Flight 370 reporting home base

NBC News correspondent Tom Costello has been using the “Meet the Press” set in Washington, D.C. as home base for his reporting on Flight 370 across the network’s platforms. The setup has appeared on “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC and the “Today Show,” as shown in the image above. The studio’s large rear projection screens are […]

March 21, 2014

‘Today’ to feature interactive, multiplatform cooking segments

Beginning Monday, March 24, “Today” will launch an interactive cooking experience with the launch of “Fresh Cooks Live: Today’s Spring Cookalong” The weeklong, multiplatform series will showcase talented, self made cooks who are heating up the Internet, according to an NBC News statement. The segments will feature full, live cooking demos on television with Picture-in-Picture and […]