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Transitioning to HD, WDJT Cancels Newscast

In switching to high definition over the weekend, Milwaukee CBS-affiliate WDJT cancelled its 10 p.m. newscast on Saturday to allow its engineers time to work on the transition.

At 10 on Saturday, WDJT aired an update featuring anchor Michele McCormack (right), who announced that the station would be running a Best Of special in place of its regular half-hour newscast.

“We are in the finishing stages of getting our news to broadcast in high definition,” McCormack told viewers on Saturday.  “Tonight, our engineers are changing out a lot of equipment in our control room.  Because of that, our news will not be shown tonight.”

WDJT’s 10 p.m. newscast was back on Sunday night.

WBAY Begins Broadcasting in HD with New Set

WBAY is now broadcasting the news in HD. The Green Bay ABC-affiliate unveiled a brand-new set and graphics package this week as it transitioned to high definition.

The station had been broadcasting from a temporary set since November as the new set, designed by FX Group, was built over the course of ten days.

Video of the new set inside… Read more

WFMY: ‘We’re Tired of the Cookie-Cutter, Formulaic, This Is How It’s Always Been Done Television News’

WFMY, the CBS-affiliate in Greensboro, is set to launch a revamped “News 2.0″ in high-definition this weekend.

The station is running promos featuring a focus group (watch above) for the updated newscasts, which will debut at on the evening news this Sunday. “We feel what you’re feeling, and that’s why we’re going to make a difference,” anchor Frank Mickens says, noting the station is through with “cookie-cutter” newscasts. “It’s done. Over with. Say bye.” Read more

Albany’s WTEN Debuts New Set, HD Newscasts

WTEN, the ABC-affiliate in Albany, will debut a new set and high definition broadcasts beginning with the 4 p.m. newscast this afternoon.

As part of the transition, the newscasts will also feature a revamped graphics package (more pictures after the jump). The station will be the second in Albany to broadcast newscasts in HD, after Fox-affiliate WXXA. Read more

In Grand Rapids, WOOD Makes HD Debut

WOOD, an NBC-affiliate serving Southwestern Michigan, began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition over the weekend, starting with Saturday’s 6 p.m. newscast.

“What we do for our viewers isn’t changing,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said, in announcing the station’s HD launch. “24 Hour News 8 will continue to lead the way in breaking news, investigative reporting and severe weather coverage. Only now it will be in high definition.”

WOOD is the third station in the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo market to go HD, following Fox-affiliate WXMI and CBS-affiliate WWMT.

Raycom’s KAIT Makes HD Debut

KAIT, a Raycom-owned ABC-affiliate in Jonesboro, AR, began broadcasting its newscasts in HD this week.

“Over the past couple of years we’ve been putting the pieces in place to produce local news in HD and we couldn’t be more proud,” KAIT vice president and general manger Tim Ingram said.  “Our hope is to provide viewers with an enhanced experience; to provide quality local news programming that rivals that of any television station in the country.” Read more

Nashville’s WKRN Now Broadcasting News in HD

Nashville ABC-affiliate WKRN began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition this week, revealing a new, HD-optimized set and new graphics.

“We are now in HD,” anchor John Dwyer announced during WKRN’s 4 p.m. newscast earlier this week.  “We have a new set, new graphics–a whole new look.”

That new look includes a state-of-the-art weather center with multiple work stations in case of severe weather.  Video of the new set inside… Read more

In Sioux Falls, KELO Replaces Scripts with iPads As Part of HD Upgrade

KELO, the CBS-affiliate in Sioux Falls, is getting ready to debut a slew of upgrades to their newscasts.

As part of their conversion to high-definition — which the KELO website says is just “days away” — the station will switch from paper scripts to iPads, as well as broadcast from a new set, edit footage with new editing systems and debut a new graphics package.

The station is even changing the way anchors, who will be under the focus of the new HD cameras, apply their makeup. The station has arranged for the on-air talent to be trained using airbrushes ahead of the conversion.

“It’s a long process in changing all the different pieces of a newscast and look of the station that most viewers don’t pay too much attention to because they see it everyday,” KELO director of marketing and creative services Paul Farmer said.

Columbia’s KMIZ Adds 6:30 p.m. Newscast, In HD

KMIZ, the ABC-affiliate in Columbia-Jefferson City, has ventured into the 6:30 p.m. timeslot with a new, high-definition newscast.

The program, which launched Monday, is the only 6:30 p.m. newscast in the market. It is co-anchored by Meredith Hoenes (pictured), a former anchor at Columbia NBC-affiliate KOMU, and Ryan Tate.

The conversion to high definition also launched Monday, on KMIZ as well as Fox-affiliate KQFX, which are both owned by JW Broadcasting. The two stations made the HD switch for their syndicated programming this summer, while the upgrades to the studio equipment were ongoing.

“The most important thing we do is the news,” KMIZ general manager Gene Steinberg told the Columbia Daily Tribune. “It seemed a little anticlimactic to run ‘Two and a Half Men’ in high definition when our own newscast wasn’t.”

KBTX Brings HD News to Brazos Valley

KBTX, a Gray Television-owned station in Bryan-College Station, TX, began airing its newscasts in high definition this week.   The CBS-affiliate produces six newscasts Monday through Friday and three on the weekends–all of which will now be broadcast in HD, making them the first HD newscasts in the Brazos Valley.

“The Brazos Valley is one of the fastest growing regions in Texas and deserves the latest in HD technology,” KBTX vice president and general manager Mike Wright said recently.  “KBTX has been partners with this area since 1957 and will always work to improve the product we air.”

KBTX is currently working to install a new, HD-optimized set by the end of the year. Read more

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