March 4, 2015

‘Nightly’ gets its own weather maps

Since NBCUniversal‘s 2008 acquisition of the Weather Channel, the cable network’s maps and graphics have popped up all across the NBC family — including “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC and CNBC — but now at least one property has veered away from that practice. “Nightly News” has started using weather maps that aren’t branded with the […]

February 23, 2015

‘GMA’ goes golden for Oscars coverage

ABC News‘ “Good Morning America” turned its lower thirds golden for its post-Oscar coverage this morning. The lower thirds, which were modified versions of the show’s standard “ribbon” design, included a bright yellow main tier and a lighter toned second tier that also included a gloss effect on the left side. The show also changed […]

February 20, 2015

ABC News releases Xbox app

ABC News has launched an app for the Xbox One platform. The app, which is the first U.S. news application on the gaming console, according to the network’s announcement, the ABC News app will offer access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News […]

February 12, 2015

‘Today’ L3s go gray for ’50 Shades’

NBC’s “Today Show” turned its lower thirds gray in honor of “50 Shades of Grey” last week. NBC News’ “Today Show” celebrated “50 Shades of Grey Week” last week and, for segments involving the popular novel and new movie, the show turned its normally cheerful blue and orange lower thirds to a somber grayscale (what […]

February 12, 2015

NECN unveils studio transformation

NECN, the nation’s largest regional news network, unveiled a new studio today after a year-long transformation of the network that included changes in management and numerous technological updates. “Over the last year, NECN has gone through a complete revitalization with one goal in mind – to bring our viewers across New England the best breaking news […]

February 12, 2015

Williams scrubbed from ‘Nightly’ site

Not surprisingly, Brian Williams‘ name and photo have been removed from the “NBC Nightly News” site. Williams’ photo, which was on the left side of the main page (as shown in this screen grab from Feb. 10 via the Internet Archive), is gone and his name has also disappeared from under the show’s logo. NBC News also removed […]

February 12, 2015

‘GMA’ gives winning Powerball numbers prominent placement

Leading this morning’s “Good Morning America” was the “breaking” news that three winning Powerball tickets were sold in Wednesday’s $500 million drawing and ABC News wanted to make sure viewers had plenty of chances to see if they had the winning numbers. After introducing the story at the anchor desk, anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and […]

February 11, 2015

We found one place NBC forgot to remove Williams’ name

Although NBC News‘ graphics department made quick work of removing Brian Williams‘ name from anything that would show up on air, at least one instance still appeared on the “NBC Nightly News” set Wednesday evening — on substitute anchor Lester Holt‘s mug. During the first block, when Holt and NBC News Political Director and Moderator […]

February 11, 2015

Williams’ name scraped from ‘Nightly’ social profiles

In addition to removing Brian Williams‘ name from the “NBC Nightly News” opening sequence, NBC News has also removed his name from the graphics used on its social media profiles on at least three major services. NBC swapped out the large graphic that runs across the show’s Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages with a new world map […]

February 11, 2015

‘Nightly News’ removes Williams’ name from open

For its first broadcast sans Brian Williams, the “NBC Nightly News” open now forgoes using an anchor’s name completely. The newscast, which is being helmed by Lester Holt during Williams’ planned six month suspension, also lost actor Michael Douglas as its voiceover. The animated open now simply reads “NBC Nightly News” while the announcer says “From […]