Dallas NBC O&O getting new digs
KXAS-TV, the Dallas/Ft. Worth NBC O&O will be moving to a new facility by the end of 2013.
The new facility will span some 75,000 square feet on eight acres at the CentrePort Business Park, a development located south of the city’s airport that also houses companies such as AT&T, America Airlines and Mercedes-Benz.
The station has operated at its Broadcast Hill facility for nearly 64 years, but announced last year it was eyeing plans to relocate in order to give it a more central location.
No word on if the station’s current set will be replaced in the move, but given its troubled past, it wouldn’t be surprising.
The set, originally designed by BDI, was refreshed in-house in 2007 for the station’s HD launch. Less than a year later, the set was overhauled again after some members of the team involved in the first refresh were ousted. KXAS-TV refreshed the same set again late last year.
The $16 million new facility will include state of the art facilities for HD television production for KXAS-TV and the region’s Telemundo affiliate. The building will also be home to several smaller entities belonging to parent company NBCUniversal.
Officials estimate 300 people will work out of the new facility. As part of the move, the station will receive a 85 percent tax abatement of real and business personal property taxes over 25 years, worth about $2.5 million, from the city. The current 66,000-square-foot building and 26-acre site will be conveyed to the city after the move.
The station’s new address, 4805 Amon Carter Blvd., is a nod to former station owner Among G. Carter Sr., who was also publisher of local newspaper the Star-Telegram.