Tuesday at 11pmET was the culmination of almost two years of Election 2008 coverage, and now the news networks move on to covering the advent of an Obama administration.
In an interview with TVNewser, FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace reflects on election night: “I thought it was a great success. We were all very happy. We launched two brand new HD studios and HD control rooms to complement them. We used election day as the finish line for a lot of projects we wanted to get done for the past year, year-and-a-half.”
Wallace says FNC plans to transition their prime time shows into the new HD studios “by the end of the year.”
In addition to the studios, FNC rolled out one of its newest toys — the Launch Pad. During the night, everyone from Megyn Kelly, to Brit Hume to Karl Rove used the set-up. “It was something that, as we got in there and started playing with, we kept thinking of new people who could use it,” said Wallace. “It kind of became the water-cooler of that studio.”
And the action at News Corp. HQ was not just happening at Fox News. Wallace describes the night as being, “on a scale we had not done before.” Five separate “channels” originated from the building — Fox News, Fox Biz, FOX broadcast, Fox News Radio and The Strategy Room on Foxnews.com.
But the story-behind-the-story is always how the ratings look the next day, and for FNC, it was their best prime time ever in younger viewers. Wallace says the record night proved many wrong.