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Oct 21, 2002  •  Post A Comment

WOLO-TV is using a two-way fiber to bring a top-30-quality newscast to market No. 84. Bahakel Communications-owned ABC affiliate WOLO in Columbia, S.C., reduced its staff and ventured into the great centralcasting experiment earlier this month when it began broadcasting from sister station WCCB-TV, the Fox affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., also owned by Bahakel. “The big question mark was how to do a local newscast from 90 miles away,” said Chris Bailey, WOLO’s general manager. WOLO kept its local news director as well as some photographers and reporters, but cut half its news staff of 20 journalists. In addition, the station eliminated TelePrompTer operators, camera crews and master control operators, Mr. Bailey said. The station began the process in June and has shifted most of its operations, with the exception of local news gathering in Columbia, to Charlotte. WOLO’s broadcasts are at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., while Charlotte’s evening newscast is at 10 p.m., avoiding overlap, Mr. Bailey said. He’s pleased with the early results. “It went a lot smoother than we could have imagined,” he said.
WDIV loves an HD parade
WDIV-TV in Detroit will be the first station in that market and in Michigan to air a locally produced program in high definition when it airs America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving Day, said Joe Berwanger, VP and general manager of the station. “I was anxious to be first,” he said. The station has carried the parade for more than 10 years, and it is WDIV’s highest-rated local telecast-it garnered a 26 Nielsen Media Research household rating and a 47 share in 2001. “I wanted to get us into doing some local production in HD,” he said. “At some point in the future we are going to make the switch.” The station previously has broadcast network programming, such as “The Tonight Show” and “Conan O’Brien,” in high definition.
CBS prime time boosts WCBS news
CBS-owned WCBS-TV, New York, captured the late local news crown Monday, Oct. 7, with an 8.0/14 household rating/share, following on the coattails of the network’s top prime-time performance in New York. It was the station’s highest-rated Monday night newscast since Sept. 17, 2001. WCBS-TV was boosted by the network’s Monday night lineup of “King Of Queens,” “Yes, Dear,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “CSI: Miami.”
McCormick gets Tinsel Town star
After 12,000 newscasts, KTLA’s Larry McCormick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Oct. 10. Mr. McCormick is the weekend co-anchor of “News @ Ten,” weekday feature anchor for “News @ Ten” and co-host of “Making It: Minority Success Stories.” “I’m absolutely elated,” he said. “I’m kind of a survivor and have been around Hollywood radio and TV for 44 years.” He has been with Tribune-owned KTLA for 31 years.
WLEX converts to DVCPRO
NBC affiliate WLEX-TV in Lexington, Ky., has invested more than $625,000 in DVCPRO gear from Panasonic. Late this summer the station purchased 56 pieces of equipment, including camcorders, laptop editing systems and studio recorder/editors. The station has now converted its news and commercial production exclusively to DVCPRO. WLEX had been using beta equipment for 12 to 13 years and it had run its course, said Tony Michalski, assistant chief engineer. The conversion has saved the station time and resources, since the new equipment doesn’t break down or warrant as much maintenance and the picture quality is also much better, he said.#
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