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Set Design

WXIA Unveils Sleek New Set

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

WTVC in Chattanooga Unveils New Set

Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC debuted a new high definition set last week (above). Devlin Design Group, the set’s designer, details the space’s new features:

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

Missoula’s KPAX Debuts New Set

Missoula CBS affiliate KPAX unveiled a new set designed by Devlin Design Group this week.

“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.”

WKEF in Dayton Debuts New HD Set

Dayton ABC affiliate WKEF unveiled a new high definition set over the weekend. Devlin Design Group, which designed and installed the set for the station, has details about the new features:

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

A Look At Set Design Trends in 2012

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

Springfield’s WICS Debuts High Definition Set

WICS, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in Springfield, Ill., has debuted a new high definition set designed by Devlin Design Group.

“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

WWL in New Orleans Unveils New Set

Viewers of WWL in New Orleans may have noticed a new look to the station.  The Belo owned CBS affiliate has a new set designed by FX Design Group.

In keeping with the sets FX Design Group built for CBS O&O WCCO in Minneapolis and CBS affiliate WBNS in Columbus, WWL’s new set makes use of windows, brick, and frosted plexiglass to add depth.

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

New News Sets in Greenville, NC and Bakersfield, CA

Station owners and GMs continue to open their wallets for new news sets. The latest at Scripps-owned KERO-TV (ABC) in Bakersfield (upper left) and Media General-owned WNCT (CBS) in Greenville, NC (upper right).

NewscastStudio reports the KERO set is similar to Scripps’ KJRH-TV in Tulsa. KERO was one of the stations added to the Scripps portfolio when McGraw-Hill got out of the TV business late last year.

NewscastStudio says the new set at WNCT is designed around the stations new graphic look and “features a large anchor desk and working weather center.”

But it’s pretty clear that blues and browns are still the color of choice for TV news sets.

Columbus’ WBNS Unveils New Set

WBNS, the CBS affiliate for Columbus revealed their new set yesterday.

Designed by FX Design Group, the set shows off the use of brick and wood in various textures.  The station posted pictures of the new look to its website.  You can click here to see the slideshow.  Newscast Studio has also posted a series of photos as well as a short review.  Click here to view.

[NewscastStudio]

WCHS Transitions to HD With New Studio

WCHS, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, W.Va, debuted a new high-definition set designed by Devlin Design Group on Saturday. New features include a rear projection screen and a large video wall, as well as a rolling kiosk that can be used in all areas of the set.

“The new set is an obvious point of difference when compared to our competition; it elevates our people and our product to the next level,” news director Matt Snyder said in a statement. When someone tunes in to sample what local news looks in this market, the choice is clear.” More pictures inside… Read more

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