WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., and WTVJ in Miami are both undergoing studio set renovations right now.
For WPTV, the change couldn’t come soon enough; SFLTV.com reports the old set had been there since the turn of the millenium.
Although Mobile-Pensacola FOX affiliate WALA-TV has been enjoying its new HD transition and set design since April 21, competitor WPMI has become the last station in this market to make the switch as well, debuting its high-definition newscasts and sparkling set over the weekend.
Both WALA and NBC affiliate WPMI got complete set makeovers as well, with new graphics packages and control rooms to boot.
Mobile-Pensacola FOX affiliate, WALA will soon celebrate two new changes to its newscast operations: a new studio and local newscasts in high definition.
Though initially mentioned on the station’s Facebook page earlier this month, NewscastStudio had a posted photo of what viewers can expect.
An anonymous emailer tells South TV News that Jackson, Tenn., ABC affiliate WBBJ will be getting two major upgrades within the year: the first, the station will be going digital.
I’m assuming here that means the station’s already digital to a degree because of the digital switch deadline, etc., but it probably means streamlining in the newsroom/workflow environment there. For example, many stations use that terminology when they go tapeless, to hard disk recorders or compact media instead of actual tapes to shoot on.
In addition, the station’s website will be completely overhauled. This will be a welcome change, seeing as how I went there for the very first time about thirty minutes ago and had trouble finding specifics on videos there (without clicking and watching first) and a few other things. If I have trouble, and I consider myself Internet savvy, what about others in Jackson trying to navigate the interwebs?
Anyway, no timetable for these two upgrades, but our informant says they should happen this year.
EDIT: I should point out that this was not confirmed by anybody at WBBJ, so we don’t know if it’s true or not. We’re trusting an anonymous source on this one.