At a New York City high school named after legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, the television studio has literally been scrapped, reports the New York Times.
A victim of changing technology and budget issues, the school got rid of its TV studio by allowing a scrapper — and star the reality show "Scrappers" on Spike — to haul away a ton and a half of outdated equipment, ranging from cassette recorders to a 250-pound stationary studio camera, the story says.
The studio is now used for storage, with rows of Klieg lights mounted on the ceiling and copies of a Murrow biography laying on the floor.
While the school still teaches introductions to film and broadcasting, it can’t provide the same type of in-depth training for production. "The fate of the studio shows how difficult it is to maintain an expensive program in a public school, especially one that is dependent on constantly changing technology," the story notes.