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reednavy

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First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« on: January 30, 2010, 01:46:34 PM »
On Monday, the two duopolies , FCN and Action News, will premiere their newscasts in high definition. FCN (WTLV/WJXX) has been using a temporary set the past week as a new HD set is being constructed. Along with the set, comes a new HD graphics package. Action News (WTEV/WAWS) has had their HD ready set for a few months now, but have yet to begin broadcasting in true HD, unless you have DirecTV, which turned their feed into HD for their customers. They're set to begin broadcasting in HD on Monday as well. Once this is completed, all Jax news stations will be in HD.

Now, the next contest is to see which station gets a helicopter to report breaking news faster than ever. Helicopters are now the best weapon a station can have to report breaking news and traffic faster than ever, which equals bigger ratings.

 http://jacksonville.com/business/2010-01-27/story/jacksonville_newscasts_going_hd
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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 01:52:13 PM »
Back in the 70s and 80s, WTLV had a helicopter they used for traffic reports, and I think WJXT either had or rented one, too. Then one day, it crashed next to I-10/I-95 during a live report during the morning news, it crashed, killing at least one of the crew (which was pilot, photographer, reporter).  Since then, there hasn't been much aerial presence for the local TV stations.

But you are right, after all of them are HD, that will likely be the next phase of news-tech wars.

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 02:21:53 PM »
We can only hope that helicopters are next, because most major markets have them. Hell, smaller markets than us have them, such as Oklahoma City and Louisville.

I'd love to see FCN broken back up and get a different station owner, like Hearst TV in the market.
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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010, 03:09:59 PM »
We can only hope that helicopters are next, because most major markets have them. Hell, smaller markets than us have them, such as Oklahoma City and Louisville.

From a TV standpoint, those are both coimparably-sized markets to Jax.

http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2010-jan-the-jaguars-jacksonville-and-other-small-markets
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reednavy

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 03:54:07 PM »
Exactly, which is why if they have choppers for news, we should too. That said, in both those markets, the Big 3 stations have helicopters.

On a side note, I wish FCN would get a new music and graphics package. The current mandated package for all Gannett stations is too bland and sounds/looks very 80s-ish.
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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2010, 07:45:14 PM »
On a side note, I wish FCN would get a new music and graphics package. The current mandated package for all Gannett stations is too bland and sounds/looks very 80s-ish.

I believe they will have a new grahics setup starting Monday...not sure about the music

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2010, 08:21:21 PM »
Top Ten Features of Local News in HD:

10.  You can clearly see the idiots making hand gestures, etc. in the background during remote reports.
 9.  Jessica Clark.
 8.  When they show someone crying you can tell if there are actual tears flowing.
 7.  Dawn Lopez.
 6.  Clear view of tats and piercings during perp walks.
 5.  Monica Landeros.
 4.  Clear view of maps on which parts of town are mis-identified.
 3.  Casey Black.
 2.  You can see just how much make up each on air personality is wearing.
 1.  Paige Kelton.
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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010, 09:37:39 AM »
The question is, will FCN be brodcasting a digital HD signal for those without cable?

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2010, 10:11:55 AM »
The question is, will FCN be brodcasting a digital HD signal for those without cable?

Yes.

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2010, 11:27:11 AM »
Am I the only one that has noticed that Donna Deegan now has a pierced tongue, nice stud in it. 

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2010, 12:37:22 PM »
Well, WTEV/WAWS actually beat FCN last night with the premiere of their HD broadcast, a day ahead of what was scheduled.

Seems like a perfect timeline as it goes along with our market's news leaders in ratings. WJXT, WTEV/WAWS, and rolling in last WTLV/WJXX.
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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2010, 01:49:38 PM »
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We got approval to do it

Approval from whom?

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2010, 01:52:33 PM »
Probably from Gannett.

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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2010, 05:02:04 PM »
Ugh, the set is horrible. That doesn't include Jeannie's red-orange rain coat looking outfit tonight, which makes me wanna puke.
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Re: First Coast News: Behind the Scenes on a new Set
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2010, 07:31:29 PM »
Ch 12 used to have (or rent) a helicopter in the late 90's because Dan Hicken would chopper in to the high school football games and throw a few rubber footballs and tshirts to the crowd and then chopper off to the next game