7 behind the scenes TV newscast control room videos

While news sets and graphics are the flashiest parts of television news, the heart of the broadcast output is the control room. We’ve gathered some of the best behind the scenes control room videos online.

The clips, which are from a variety of market sizes, illustrate both just how smooth control room staffers need to be — as well as some of the small, unique nuances in how how different stations handle their production.


This split screen tape from KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is particularly interesting because the newscast was delayed due to live sports coverage. The four panels of show the technical director, a wider view of the control room and view of the studio as well as the program output.


This tape, from KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows a large view of the control room as well as an inset of the program video.