April 24, 2015

ABC News debuts Apple Watch app

ABC News has launched an app for the newly released Apple Watch, becoming the first major news organization with a presence on the latest from tech giant Apple. The app will alert users to live video and audio feeds from ABC News Radio and allow them to watch it on their iPhones while still using […]

April 24, 2015

‘GMA’ adds sponsored ticker to news update segment

We noticed “Good Morning America” has been adding a sponsored and branded business headline ticker to the lower thirds during its 8 a.m. hour news update. The ticker, which is sponsored by financial firm Voya, replaces the lower tier of the show’s standard lower third and airs just above the ticker inserted by the local affiliate. […]

April 22, 2015

BBC sends alert with placeholder text

BBC News sent out an alert to users of its iOS app early this morning that included the placeholder text “£x.xxb.” The alert concerned British supermarket chain Tesco.

April 16, 2015

The path to 4K continues for broadcasters

The drumbeat to 4K was loud and clear at NAB, with many companies touting new solutions and “4K ready” systems. It was not a question of if 4K would reach the national and local level, but when. Vizrt was very bullish on the subject, adding that, with Netflix and other streaming providers already proclaiming their […]

April 10, 2015

ABC starts promoting Bruce Jenner interview with ‘faceless’ spots

ABC has begun airing promos teasing former “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer‘s exclusive interview with former Olympian-turned-reality TV star Bruce Jenner, in which he is widely expected to discuss his gender identity and transition. The promo attempts to build suspense by avoiding showing Jenner’s face straight on, instead using blurred silhouette imagery, as shown in the final […]

April 3, 2015

Ventuz enters into Dutch TV market

Ventuz’s real time software suite was recently installed by Prographics in the Nederlanders. “We were increasingly confronted with customer requests that demonstrated to us the limits of the solutions we had in place,” said Sander Cox of Prographics. “Especially when it came to interactive in-studio installations and elaborate design work, we needed a toolset that […]

March 25, 2015

‘Today’ tapes ‘Pretty Woman’ interview on ‘Meredith’ set

The set of “The Meredith Vieira Show” played host to a “Today Show” reunion interview with the cast of “Pretty Woman.” The interview, done in conjunction with Fandango Movieclips, was taped in Studio 6A with Matt Lauer interviewing stars Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Laura San Giacomo and director Garry Marshall. The cast sat on […]

March 24, 2015

New look for ‘CBS Evening News’

Emphasizing the Cronkite-era world map throughout, “CBS Evening News” updated its graphics package on Monday. The new look draws heavily from the “Face the Nation” logo and package, using a new logo for the broadcast: The show begins with the viewpoint panning over an extruded 3D version of the Cronkite-era world map that CBS has been using extensively […]

March 24, 2015

‘Isi Sh*t List’? No, it says ‘Isis Hit List’

This OTS could have gone really bad, really fast if someone hadn’t paid attention to spacing.

March 20, 2015

‘Noticiero Telemundo’ updates graphics

Telemundo’s national newscast, “Noticiero Telemundo,” debuted an updated graphical look this week. The shows opening, which begins with a flow of purple light rays arcing through space and ending around the Telemundo logo, remains from the previous graphics update in 2013. The shows insert graphics, like the lower third, include clean lines and subtle animations. The new graphics […]