The news set is getting a huge makeover. Viewers will quickly notice the new color scheme — pale green, purple-gray and orange-red. The set for “Good Things Utah” also is getting a completely new look, as well as a new focus.
“We’re going to embrace our legacy,” said Richard Doutre Jones, vice president and general manager of KTVX and sister station KUCW-Channel 30, in January. “Do you live in Utah? Then we care about you.”
Minneapolis FOX owned station KMSP debuted a new set this week.
The set which was designed Devlin Design Group, features a monitor array behind the anchors that shows a wide shot of the city skyline but can display any type of graphic. Newscast Studio also says the set has color changing technology and a large interview couch.
The station showed off the set on its 5:00 p.m. newscast with anchors Dawn Mitchell, Jeff Passolt and Randy Meier. “There’s a reason we gave you that nice wide shot of our studio here,” said Passolt after coming back from break. Meier added, “We’re showing off.” They then tossed to a timelapse of the set construction. You can see the video after the jump. Read more
As KTUU marks its 60th year on the air, the NBC affiliate is building a new studio in downtown Anchorage.
“This is a major milestone for Channel 2,” president and general manager Andy MacLeod said in a statement. “As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary this year, there is no better time to look toward the future. This 40,000-square-foot facility is an investment in Alaska, and it will give us the unparalleled ability to grow and develop content across all media platforms long into the future.”
Neeser Construction will build the new facility, which will a block and a half away from the station’s current studio and newstroom.
Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA debuted a sleek new set Tuesday to go along with the new Gannett graphics package.
At one point in yesterday’s Noon newscast, the open concept design of the set was evident.
During the tail end of an on-set interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a two-shot with Reed became a three-shot when anchor Karyn Greer tossed to reporter Rebecca Lindstrom who could be seen standing in the background.
Lindstrom was stationed in the reporter area which features a plexiglas stairway to nowhere and flat screen monitors. You can see a photo after the jump. Read more
The design of the set is very graphics driven with large back lit graphics along the perimeter of the entire set. LED color changing lights are incorporated to provide a variety of colors and moods for their different newscasts. To keep the set grounded there are elements of wood and stone mixed in with the acrylics and metals. The custom stone finish is reminiscent of the local Chattanooga Pier area. Read more
“I’m thrilled to have so many different options that we can use during the newscast. Each show can have a different look for our viewers if we choose,” KPAX news director Mike Powers said. “And the colors really pop out too.”
The set is composed of large scenic walls with graphics on acrylic that are lit from behind with color-changing LED’s. A contemporary wave design interspersed throughout adds a touch of sophistication to the overall look. The set is fresh and modern with a nice mix of polished acrylics, refined cherry woods and a touch of brushed metallic thrown in. Read more
Newscast Studio has taken a look back at the trends seen in news set design last year. Here are the takeaways:
Curves are out. Straight lines are in. Stations are trending towards a sleeker, more European feel as straight lines are taking over for the sweeping curves that were once the industry standard.
Technology is driving set design. More stations are relying on back lit color-changing LED walls and flat panel screens to add visual interest instead of printed graphics depicting local scenes or station branding.
Texture reflects the market. According to Newscast studio, “designers are working hard to incorporate the ‘feel’ of the city while making the set unique.” Count copper, brushed aluminum and brick among the touches designers add to accomplish this. Read more
“Our goal was to have a new set that would not only replace our current look with a more modern and visually exciting location for our newscasts, but also to provide us with more options for presenting local news in new and exciting ways,” WICS news director Katie Faye said in a statement.
More pictures after the jump. Read more
The station has a gallery of photos showing the anchors rehearsing on the set [click here to view], plus a 360 interactive video walk through [click here to view]. After the jump you can see a few images from Newscast Studio’s website Read more